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Current Crime and Justice Policy News

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

Protest signs read "Defund Police" and "Abolish Police"
Research | June 10, 2020

As more municipalities weigh the future of their police departments, UNLV professors explain what these movements mean and how they would work.

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People | June 18, 2019

Triple-major Martha Amaya’s research explores the interactions between policing, public policy, and crowd science.

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Research | September 26, 2018

Criminal justice students gather public opinion on law enforcement use of drones and body-worn cameras before and after the Oct. 1 shooting.

Melissa Rorie at a gaming table.
Research | February 26, 2018

Criminal justice professor Melissa Rorie digs into the relationship between Nevada's casinos and its gaming regulators.

Crime and Justice Policy In The News

WalletHub
May 9, 2022

Law enforcement is a career that is always in the public eye, whether for heroic reasons or scandal. Currently, our nation’s 800,000 law enforcement officers have even more of a spotlight than usual, though. To start, for the past two years they have been in charge of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. In addition, there have been quite a few recent high-profile police brutality cases, including officers found guilty for federal civil rights violations leading up to the death of George Floyd. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech also called for the nation to “fund the police” with better training and resources.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
April 7, 2022

A Las Vegas organization looks to expand its resources to help women escape sex trafficking, offering emergency housing for those who have been arrested and just released from jail.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 16, 2022

During the six hours Trent Leach was hiding in an abandoned church in downtown Las Vegas on Sept. 21, police said, he fired 20 rounds, striking a SWAT vehicle and the window of an occupied apartment.

AR News Noticias
January 16, 2022

The Metropolitan Police Department sent two robots to find Leach, a 4-by-4-foot that stood near the door recording and an 18-inch-long robot that scoured the floor below.

Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch
December 30, 2021

Village of Mamaroneck residents will soon notice more and more police officers wearing body cams, thanks in part to a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Nevada Independent
October 11, 2021

Last year, the United States recorded the largest single-year increase in the murder rate since national record-keeping began more than 60 years ago. In Nevada, the murder rate rose 27 percent from 2019 to 2020.

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