Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Events

 Spring 2016


MARCH


AGENCY TALKS SERIES:

Office of Attorney General

Elie Honig, Director of Law and Public Safety.

                                              Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

Please do not hesitate to contact Lori Scott-Pickens at (973) 353-3403, or lpickens@andromeda.rutgers.edu with any questions or concerns.



 

The Second Annual Ron Rice Lecture on Criminal Justice and Public Policy 

Ryan P. Haygood, Esq.  

 

“Crisis, Opportunity and Hope; A Critical Moment for Change”

Monday, March 21st, 2015   

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Baker Trial Moot Courtroom at the Center for Law and Justice 

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served;  reception to follow in the Lower Level Atrium*

RSVP Required

We are happy to welcome Ryan P. Haygood, Esq. as a keynote speaker for this year’s talk.  Ryan has devoted his career to social and criminal justice advocacy.  He is the current President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) and is an an influential leader in the local Newark community and the State of New Jersey.  For more information, please see his biography online: http://www.njisj.org/about/staff/.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience as space is limited for this event.

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SPECIAL EVENTS PARKING PASS (PDF)


FEBRUARY


 

Office of Academic Programs & Student Services:

M.A. OPEN HOUSE

Friday, February 26, 2016       Thursday, March 10, 2016

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM                     5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

CLJ, Room 572                           CLJ, Room 572

RSVP by February 25               RSVP by March 9

Please join us for an information session on the Master of Arts degree program in Criminal Justice offered through the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark. Learn about our dynamic program of fieldwork placements, opportunities for research and internships, funding, coursework and admission requirements. This event is free and open to the public.


AGENCY TALKS SERIES:
Urban Renewal Corp.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

Please do not hesitate to contact Lori Scott-Pickens at (973) 353-3403, or lpickens@andromeda.rutgers.edu with any questions or concerns.



AGENCY TALKS SERIES:
Morris County Sheriff’s Office

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

Please do not hesitate to contact Lori Scott-Pickens at (973) 353-3403, or lpickens@andromeda.rutgers.edu with any questions or concerns.


JANUARY


AGENCY TALKS SERIES:
New Jersey State Parole Board

Thursday, January 21, 2016

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

Please do not hesitate to contact Lori Scott-Pickens at (973) 353-3403, or lpickens@andromeda.rutgers.edu with any questions or concerns.



2016 DEAN’S DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

Dr. PATRICK SHARKEY

Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University, with an affiliation at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

“Violence and Urban Inequality After the Crime Decline”

Monday, January 25, 2016

4:30pm – 6:00pm (Reception following)

Baker Trial Courtroom 

Center for Law and Justice

123 Washington StreetNewark, NJ 07102

Please RSVP by January 22, as space is limited. 

PhD STUDENTS:

The PhD Student Workshop will be held prior to the lecture from 3:00-4:15 p.m. in Room 572. Students should come prepared to briefly discuss their projects and ask questions about Dr. Sharkey’s work, his latest book, and experiences. 

Dr. Patrick Sharkey is an Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University, with an affiliation at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He is the Scientific Director of Crime Lab New York, and Interim Director of NYU’s Institute for Human Development and Social Change.  Dr. Sharkey received his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University in 2007.  Dr. Sharkey’s research agenda considers the role of neighborhoods and cities in generating and maintaining inequality across multiple dimensions. His first book was published in 2013 with the University of Chicago Press, and was titled Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality.” Dr. Sharkey is currently conducting a long-term project focusing on how the decline of violent crime has affected urban life and urban inequality in America. 

For more information, please contact Jane Balbek:

Email:  jane.balbek@rutgers.edu | Tel:  (973) 353-3292



Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice!  

Happy Holidays 2016 from RSCJ

Fall 2015 


DECEMBER


SCJ Student Government Organization (SGA): 

WINTER BALL 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Robert Tree Hotel

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NOVEMBER


 

Office of Academic Programs & Student Services:

M.A. OPEN HOUSE

Friday, November 20, 2015

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

CLJ, Room 025 (Lower Level)

Join us for an information session on our Master of Arts (M.A.) program! Learn about our dynamic program of scholarships and fieldwork placements, research opportunities, internships, coursework and admission requirements.

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Office of Academic Programs & Student Services:

B.S. / M.A. INFORMATION SESSION 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

CLJ, Room 572

Join us for an information session about our 5-year dual degree program (B.S./M.A.) in Criminal Justice.  Learn about scholarships and research opportunities, fieldwork placements, internship options, coursework and admission requirements.

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American Society of Criminology (ASC)

RUTGERS ALUMNI LUNCHEON & RECEPTION

Please join us in Washington D.C. at the 71st annual meeting of The American Society of Criminology where we will be hosting two events:



Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Alumni Association Luncheon

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

12:30 – 1:50 p.m.

The Churchill Hotel, Kalorama Ballroom



1914 Connecticut Ave. NW



Washington, D.C. 20009 



and

Rutgers Reception

Friday, November 20, 
2015

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Washington Hilton Hotel, Jefferson West, Concourse Level


1919 Connecticut Ave. NW



Washington, D.C. 20009

An RSVP for the lunch would be appreciated (but is not mandatory).


For more information, please contact Jane Balbek at jane.balbek@rutgers.edu.


AGENCY TALKS SERIES:
Gene Rubino, Prosecutor
Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office 

Monday, November 16, 2015

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

Please do not hesitate to contact Lori Scott-Pickens at (973) 353-3403, or lpickens@andromeda.rutgers.edu with any questions or concerns.

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The Future of Policing: “What Does it Mean for Our City?”

Introductory remarks by Dean Shadd Maruna 

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 070

Please join us or the New Jersey Communities Forward’s Newark Conversation Starters, hosted by the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark. On Wednesday, NJCF will bring together community members, leaders, law enforcement, and businesses to discuss: (1) police body cameras; (2) civilian review for policing and (3) the Federal Consent Decree in the City of Newark.

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Research & Professional Development Seminar Series:

“Revenge Pornography Harms and Legal Interventions: An Australian Reflection”

Dr. Asher Flynn,  Dr. Tyrone Kirchengast and Associate Professor Thomas Crofts

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

ABOUT THE LECTURE:  

Revenge pornography – the act of distributing or threatening to distribute intimate and sexually explicit images without consent – is a growing phenomenon that has significant long-term social, psychological and financial implications. In addition to seeking to shame and humiliate victims, images are being distributed (or threats are being used to distribute images) in family violence contexts, meaning that victims may be forced to engage in non-consensual acts, stay in the relationship or refrain from pursuing criminal charges or an intervention order. Like sexual violence generally, victims of revenge porn have also experienced blame for engaging in certain behaviours, including consenting to have their photograph or video taken by another person, or for taking an image themselves. To add to these concerns, the effect of revenge pornography in society more generally is the consolidation of the concept that women’s (and other sexual minorities’) bodies are available for objectification and consumption. While legal advancements have sought to respond to the harms and varied contexts in which revenge pornography offences occur, the development of adequate criminal and civil laws to capture this conduct has been a vexed and complicated (ongoing) process. As a result, a number of difficulties have arisen from attempts to apply the laws in practice. Drawing from Australian experiences, and discussions with police officers and prosecutors, this paper examines some of the implications of recent legal advances in the area of revenge porn, with a particular focus on the disconnect between the “good intentions” and the “practical outcomes” of legislative intervention.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Dr Asher Flynn is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University (Victoria, Australia). Her research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice. Informed by national and international context, her research examines how access to justice is negotiated, and the gendered, class-based application and practice of law. Asher has published widely in the areas of sexual violence, access to justice, plea negotiations and prosecutorial discretion, and has contributed to policy specific research and legal change in early resolution policies and Victorian homicide and rape laws. Her latest book (with Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Nicola Henry), Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (2015, Palgrave MacMillan) examines the potentials and limitations of the law and its processes for responding to women’s lived experiences of sexual violence.

Dr Tyrone Kirchengast is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales (Australia). Tyrone is admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW and is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia. Tyrone’s research interests are in criminal law and procedure and his publications focus on the integration of victim interests within criminal law. His recent work focuses on the role of victim impact statements in sentencing homicide offenders; the rise of victim lawyers and the integration of victims into adversarial proceedings; victim rights as human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights and before the International Criminal Court; changes to the criminal trial process and the emergence of enforceable victim rights.

Associate Professor Thomas Crofts is Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney (NSW, Australia). He is a graduate of University College London (LL.B.), the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany (LL.M.) and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/O., Germany (Dr. iur.). His research in criminal law, criminology and criminal justice centres on criminalisation and criminal responsibility, exploring why and how behaviours are defined by, and governed through, criminal law. Within this broad field his interests are the criminal responsibility of, and for, children, comparative criminal law, criminal law reform (particularly relating to homicide and sex work) and the relevance and role of labelling.

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Legislative Open House: “Public Safety Innovation 2015 – Ending Mass Incarceration” featuring Dr. Todd Clear 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

CLJ, Baker Trial Moot Courtroom 

RSVP Required

“Public Safety Innovation 2015 – Ending Mass Incarceration” will feature the research of Dr. Todd Clear, an internationally renowned criminologist and RU-N professor, former dean and former provost. Clear is founder and faculty director of the NJ-STEP program, which President Barack Obama singled out for praise during his Nov. 2 visit to Rutgers University-Newark to discuss criminal justice reform. “Folks are working hard to get on track,” President Obama acknowledged. “With a little help, they can get on the right path.”

The open house is designed to foster interactions between RU-N faculty and elected officials from across different sectors – government, nonprofit, researchers, community activists – who have recognized interests in the selected topics. Those who attend these open houses will be able to meet with a small circle of publicly engaged scholars who are experts in the topic area. Tours of the university will be available after the talk.

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 Research & Professional Development Seminar Series:

“First Imprisonment And The Age-Crime Curve”

Dr. Lars Højsgaard Andersen  

 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

ABOUT THE LECTURE:

 For decades criminologists have debated the connection between age and crime, along with the role criminal justice contacts such as imprisonment play for this connection. But we know little about the effect of age at first imprisonment on criminal recidivism. In this paper, I address this issue and provide a causal estimate of the effect of age at first imprisonment on criminal re-convictions among young violent offenders in Denmark. I exploit a policy reform in Denmark in 1994 to obtain variation in age at first imprisonment that is plausibly exogenous to offender characteristics and criminal justice characteristics, and I use register data to follow these young offenders from age 15 to age 30. Results show that even though younger age at first imprisonment increases criminal convictions significantly in the short run, the overall shape of the Age-Crime Curve up to age 30 is similar, although not identical.

ABOUT DR. ANDERSEN:

Lars Højsgaard Andersen (PhD Sociology, University of Copenhagen) is a quantitative criminologist at the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit in Copenhagen, Denmark. His main research interests focus on the consequences of criminal justice contacts, not only for persons experiencing such contact but also for their families. He uses the richness of Danish register data to describe these consequences, and exploits policy reforms for causal inference. Recent publications appear in Journal of Marriage and Family, Criminology & Public Policy, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

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(RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2016)

The Second Annual Ron Rice Lecture on Criminal Justice and Public Policy 

Ryan P. Haygood, Esq.  

 

Monday, November 2nd, 2015   

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Baker Trial Moot Courtroom at the Center for Law and Justice 

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served;  reception to follow in the Lower Level Atrium*

We are happy to welcome Ryan P. Haygood, Esq. as a keynote speaker for this year’s talk.  Ryan has devoted his career to social and criminal justice advocacy.  He is the current President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) and is an an influential leader in the local Newark community and the State of New Jersey.  For more information, please see his biography online: http://www.njisj.org/about/staff/.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience as space is limited for this event.

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OCTOBER


Research & Professional Development Seminar Series: 

“Public Displays of (self) Promotion” 

Professors Joel Caplan and Sarah Lageson

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 

Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

CLJ, Room B025 (Lower Level) 

Social media, blogging, podcasting and online writing offer excellent opportunities to network and present your work in various mediums. Yet, your online image is important in academia. Learn how to professionally define yourself and your scholarship through personal websites and other forms of social media. Learn the benefits, and dangers, of an online presence and how to effectively manage your reputation.

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Research & Professional Development Seminar Series:

Dr. Gary LaFree, PhD

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

4:00 – 5:00 p.m  

SCJ room 572

ABOUT THE LECTURE:  

The central theme of this lecture is that terrorism has two characteristics that make it especially challenging from a public policy perspective—its black swan quality and its burstiness. Black swan incidents are those that fall outside the realm of regular expectations, have a high impact, and defy prediction. The terrorist attacks on the United States of 9/11 are a good example. At the same time, terrorism tends to be bursty; highly concentrated in time and space. My talk will put high profile attacks like 9/11 into a broad context by showing how they compare to the thousands of other attacks that have taken place around the world since 1970. Thus, in stark contrast to the 9/11 attacks, many terrorist attacks produce no fatalities, they frequently rely on common, low technology weapons, they do not involve a great deal of planning, and they are carried out by groups whose life expectancy is often less than a year. At the same time, when terrorist organizations find methods that work they use them rapidly and repeatedly. Balancing the mundane everyday nature of terrorism with its occasional capacity for mass destruction is a unique policy challenge of the twenty-first century.

ABOUT DR. LAFREE:

Gary LaFree is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University in 1979. During 2005-2006, Dr. LaFree served as President of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Dr. LaFree was named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 2006 and a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Law and Justice in 2008. He has also served as the Past President of the ASC’s Division on International Criminology (1991-1993), the chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Crime, Law and Deviance (1991-1993), the Executive Board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (2001-2006), and the Executive Committee of the Justice Research Statistics Association (2000-2001, 1993-1994).

For more info:  http://www.ccjs.umd.edu/facultyprofile/LaFree/Gary

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AGENCY TALKS SERIES:  

Lt. Brian Polite, Recruitment Officer

New Jersey State Police 

 

The second SCJ Agency Talks will commence on:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

5:00 – 6:00 p.m  

CLJ, Room 572

Please do not hesitate to contact Lori Scott-Pickens at (973) 353-3403, or lpickens@andromeda.rutgers.edu with any questions or concerns.

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SCJ ART GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION:

“I MIGHT BE NEXT”

Jerry Gant & Bryant Lebron 

Monday, October 19, 2015

4:00 – 5:30pm

CLJ, 5th Floor

(Paul Robeson Galleries – RSCJ Criminal Justice Gallery)

*Refreshments will be served in the West Faculty Wing, 5th Floor*

Please join us for a free reception celebrating the new exhibition and a special performance by Jerry Gant!

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SCJ Student Government Association (SGA):

FALL MIXER

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

4:00 – 6:00 pm 

McGovern’s Tavern

58-60 New Street | Newark, NJ 07102 

Celebrate the start of the 2015-2016 academic year with the SCJ Student Government Association!  Whether you are new to campus or about to graduate, we welcome all SCJ graduate students to come out and meet the 2015-16 SGA Members, faculty and staff.  Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to learn about upcoming events, build new connections, and have fun!

All SCJ graduate students, faculty and staff are invited.

Please RSVP here today! If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about this event, please contact: scjsga@gmail.com.

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Research & Professional Development Seminar Series:  

“Insights from Inside the Academic Job Market”

Professors Valerio Bacak and Sara Wakefield

 

Thursday October 8, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

CLJ, Room 572 

Successfully navigating the academic job market can be tricky.  This seminar will help to demystify the process.  Learn strategies and techniques for preparing for the market, managing campus visits, giving a job talk, and framing your scholarly identity.  Tips from the other side – the search committee – will help you to recognize the kinds of red flags that committees look for in applicant materials and consider how to best showcase your strengths.

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AGENCY TALKS SERIES:  

Sandra Carroll, Special Agent/Recruiter

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 

 

The first SCJ Agency Talks Series will commence on:

Monday, October 5, 2015

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

CLJ, Room 572

Please do not hesitate to contact Lori Scott-Pickens at (973) 353-3403, or lpickens@andromeda.rutgers.edu with any questions or concerns.

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 SEPTEMBER


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SPEAKER SERIES

“Safe and Risky Research Agendas”

Dr. Christopher Uggen, PhD 

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) Building

Room 309  | 111 Washington Street

 

The School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark invites you to join us for the first Speaker Series event of the 2015-2016 academic year with a presentation by Dr. Christopher Uggen, PhD, Martindale Chair and Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota.

ABOUT THE LECTURE:

Dr. Uggen’s talk, titled “Safe and Risky Research Agendas,” will be an interactive conversation, designed to help graduate students and others think about how to build careers as both productive “finishers” and creative movers and shakers. Topics include criteria for choosing projects, making personally meaningful choices and commitments, balancing short- and long-term interests, overcoming inertia and learned helplessness, and managing emotions. Personal examples are drawn from a career in social science teaching and research, public and policy engagement, and, to a lesser extent, academic administration and the arts.

ABOUT DR. UGGEN:  

Christopher Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Martindale Chair and Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance, firm in the belief that sound research can help build a more just and peaceful world. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy, and his writing on felon voting, work and crime, and harassment and discrimination is frequently cited in media such as the New York Times, The Economist,and NPR. His researchteaching, and advising interests include crime and punishment, social and political inequality, and law and society. Current projects include a comparative study of reentry from different types of institutions, employment discrimination and criminal records, crime and justice after genocide, and the health effects of incarceration. His outreach and engagement projects include editing Contexts Magazine (from 2007-2011) and The Society Pages (with Doug Hartmann) and Public Criminologies (with Michelle Inderbitzin). Away from work, Chris is a father, jogger, and blogger.

  

 


AUGUST


 

Office of Academic Programs & Student Services:

Graduate Student Orientation 

 

The Graduate Student Orientations will be held on August 24 – 27, 2015 at the School of Criminal Justice. Please see the below links for more details:

M.A. Student Orientation, August 26-27, 2015 (CLJ, Room 025, Lower Level)

PhD Student Orientation, August 24-27, 2015 (CLJ, Room 572, 5th Floor) 

 

Professor Jody Miller receives the Faculty-Scholar Teacher Award

Dr. Jody MillerProfessor Jody Miller received the Faculty Scholar Teacher Award recognizing her outstanding mentoring work, as indicated by all of the honors and publications accumulated by her mentees and students.

Congrats Jody!

Professors Jody Miller and Rod Brunson awarded the Leadership in Faculty Diversity Award

Professors Jody Miller and Rod Brunson were co-recipients of the Leadership in Faculty Diversity Award  for their great work in bringing the Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) to Rutgers Newark.

Congratulations Rod and Jody!

Distinguished Faculty Member Dr. Ronald Clarke Wins Prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology

Criminal Justice university professor Ronald V. Clarke

Distinguished faculty member Dr. Ronald Clarke of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) has received what is generally considered to be the top prize in criminology: the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Clarke shares the award with fellow criminologist Patricia Mayhew, officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for developing the innovative theory of situational crime prevention.

Congratulations Ron!

To learn more please click here.

Dr. Joel Caplan receives a Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence

Faculty AwardsDr. Joel Caplan received a Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence. This fellowship honors faculty members who have recently been promoted with tenure and whose work shows exceptional promise. The fellowship includes a citation and a $1,000 research account. Dr. Caplan was honored for innovative approaches to understanding spatial patterns of crime, especially his contributions to Risk Terrain Modeling.

Dr. Caplan joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in 2008. He also serves as Deputy Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed and continues to advance Risk Terrain Modeling methods for spatial risk analysis. His research generally focuses on risk assessment, spatial analysis, and computational criminology, which takes the strengths of several disciplines and builds new methods and techniques for the analysis of crime and crime patterns. To learn more about his work please click here.

Congratulations Joel!

Dr. Jody Miller selected as an ASC Fellow 2014

Dr. Jody MillerDr. Jody Miller has been selected as an American Society of Criminology (ASC) Fellow 2014. The title of “Fellow” is given to those members of the Society in good standing who have achieved distinction in criminology. The honorary title “Fellow” recognizes persons who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline, whether in the form of a singular, major piece of scholarship or cumulative scholarly contributions. Longevity alone is not sufficient. In addition, a Fellow must have made a significant contribution to the field through the career development of other criminologists and/or through organizational activities within the ASC.

Dr. Jody Miller has been with Rutgers University since 2010. Her primary research examines how inequalities of gender, race, and class shape young women’s participation in crime and risks for victimization. To learn more about her work click here.

Congratulations Jody!

Janet Garcia selected as an ASC Minority Fellow

Janet-GarciaJanet Garcia was selected as an ASC Minority Fellow (2014-2015). The Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities is designed to encourage students of color, especially from ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the field, to enter the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Janet Garcia is a third year PhD student at RSCJ. Her research interests include Prisoner Reentry, Communities and Crime, as well as Race, Gender, and Inequality

Congratulations Janet!

 

Dr. Braga talks about how ‘Stop and Frisk’ won’t work for Boston

Anthony BragaDr. Anthony Braga and Edward Glaeser talk about ‘Stop and Frisk’ in the Opinion segment of Boston Globe. They discuss that even though New York and Boston may use variant versions of neighborhood policing to control crime rates, the New York model of ‘Stop and Frisk’ isn’t suited for Boston.

Dr. Anthony Braga is the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice and a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. His  research involves collaborating with criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to address illegal access to firearms, reduce gang and group-involved violence, and control crime hot spots.

Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Shadd Maruna named Dean of RSCJ

Shadd MarunaDr. Shadd Maruna, currently director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a professor in the Law School there, has been appointed dean effective Sept. 1, 2014. Maruna is an internationally known criminologist whose first book,Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives (2001), is considered a definitive statement and enduring contribution to the field; it was awarded the “book of the year” prize from the American Society of Criminology in 2001.

During the course of his career, Maruna has received many awards and honors, including being named an H.F. Guggenheim Fellow, a Soros Justice Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. He received the Michael J. Hindelang Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Criminology in 2001, the Howard League Research Medal, and, most recently, the Hans W. Mattick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Criminology.

Maruna serves as editor of the American Psychological Association’s book series, Psychology, Crime and Justice, and has held offices in professional organizations such as the British Society for Criminology, the Correctional Services Advisory and Accreditation Panel for the United Kingdom(UK), the Scottish Advisory Panel for Offender Rehabilitation, and Oxford University’s Centre for Criminology.

Dr. Joel Caplan on Brianlehrer.tv

Dr. Joel Caplan

Dr. Joel Caplan and Dr. Matthew Gerber appeared on Brianlehrer.tv to discuss how the police are using data, twitter and mapping methods to predict crime. Dr. Caplan specifically talked about Risk Terrain Modeling and how it helps police to focus on areas that are attracting illegal behavior.

Click here to watch the video.

Dr. Joel Caplan and Dr. Joel Miller receive tenure

The Board of Governors approved promotion with tenure for Joel Caplan and Joel Miller.

Dr. Caplan joined the RSCJ in 2008. He also serves as Associate Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed and continues to advance Risk Terrain Modeling methods for spatial risk analysis. His research generally focuses on risk assessment, spatial analysis, and computational criminology, which takes the strengths of several disciplines and builds new methods and techniques for the analysis of crime and crime patterns.

Dr. Miller has spent much of his career carrying out research in applied criminal justice settings, including six years working in the British Home Office and five years at the Vera Institute of Justice. He has led studies on a range of criminal justice topics, including police accountability, racial profiling, police corruption, juvenile delinquency, recidivism, alternatives to incarceration, and crime reduction and prevention.

Congratulations Dr. Caplan and Dr. Miller!

To learn more about our faculty click here.

The Ronald L. Rice Lecture Series on Criminal Justice and Civic Engagement

Ronald RiceRutgers School of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce a speak series entitled, The Ronald L. Rice Lecture Series on Criminal Justice and Civic Engagement. Senator Ronald Rice is one of our most prominent alumni and a tireless advocate for Newark and the State of New Jersey. His commitment to public service is inspirational. He has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 1986, where he represents the 28th Legislative District. This speaker series is a small way of recognizing his efforts through conversations that challenge academic, political and social communities who aspire a vision of a truly just society. The lecture series will commence in Fall 2014.

Kristen M. Zgoba receives the Fulbright Research Scholar Award to the United Kingdom (2014-2015)

zgobaDr. Kristen Zgoba, recently received one of two available 2014-2015 Fulbright Research Scholar Awards to the United Kingdom. Her research seeks to examine both the actual and perceived effectiveness of sex offender laws in the United Kingdom. Dr. Zgoba will travel to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the spring 2015 semester to collect data as a Fulbright Scholar. She will be a visiting scholar at the University of the West of England in Bristol, England.

In May 2004, Dr. Zgoba received her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice. She is currently employed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections, in the position of Supervisor of Research and Evaluation, and is also Co-Chairperson for the Department’s Research and Review Board. She is the recipient of numerous grants and research awards.

Congratulations Kristen!

Provost Todd Clear Receives High Honors

Dr. Todd ClearDr. Todd Clear, Provost of Rutgers Univesity-Newark receiveed the 2014 Founder’s Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). This award is presented to ACJS members who have provided outstanding service to ACJS and criminal justice education. Established in 1963, ACJS is an international association that “promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.”

Currently serving as the Provost of Rutgers University-Newark, Dr. Clear was the Dean of the School of Criminal Justice from March 2010 to January 2014. He has authored 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Punishment Imperative, by NYU PressClear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. He is currently involved in studies of the criminological implications of “place,” and the economics of justice reinvestment.

Amarat Zaatut selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University

Amarat ZaatutGlobally, many micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) violate women rights in various ways and are left undeterred as there are no laws to address these issues because of the prohibitively high enforcement cost. A group of Fulbright scholars and Rutgers PhD students, Grace Dewi, Amarat Zaatut, and Lutisha Vickerieare are committed to addressing this institutional void by creating an organization that would advocate for a market-based policy to fight various forms of abuse against girls and women. The market-based policy is operationalized by providing labels to products by small, medium, and micro enterprises that do not support marginalization and violence against women. The team aims to address this issue through two mutually reinforcing activities; advocacy and labeling.

We wish the team good luck!

Dr. Jody Miller selected as the inaugural Visiting Professor in Residence at UC Irvine

Dr. Jody MillerDr. Jody Miller has been selected as the Visiting Professor in Residence in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine for 2014-15. She will be in residence during the winter and spring quarters of 2015, where she will be working with Dr. Cheryl Maxson and Ph.D. students to begin building a quantitative database drawn from content coded gang ethnographies.

Dr. Jody Miller has been with Rutgers University since 2010. Her primary research examines how inequalities of gender, race, and class shape young women’s participation in crime and risks for victimization. Congratulations Jody!