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Graduate Student Research Papers

Noelle Herring - Do you want Justice with that? A look at the McDonaldization and privatization of the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Debby Cochrane - Meganís Law: Is it Harmful or Helpful to Juvenile Sex Offenders?

Donna Point - Debating the USA PATRIOT Act

Jenell Sutton - Domestic Violence in the United States

Danielle Shields - Supermax Prisons:  The Punitive Extreme of the American Correctional System

Trever Smith - Social Networking Sites:  Helps You Connect and Share with the People Not in Your Life

Wyatt Merritt - The Use of War to Profit

Craig Witt -  Hispanic Immigrants and Crime: The Nonexistent Link

Joe Sarpong - Juveniles, the Internet, and Cybercrime

Jeremy Waller - Zero Tolerance and Zero Patience: Forgetting Forgiveness with Our Nationís Youth

Mayra Figueroa -The Monetary and Social Costs of Mandatory Sentencing Laws

Kristine-Gem Estrella - The Victimization of Asian Americans

Alisa Hagen - Nogales, Mexico: A True Rags to Riches to Regrets Story

Emily Reed - Environmental Racism & Toxic Waste Sites

 Miliaikeala Heen - The Voice of a Victim: The Current State of Victim Impact Statements

Jessie Vargas - Veterans and Mental Illness: The Unfortunate Tragedy

Natalie Martinez - Higher Education and Law Enforcement Careers: Exploring Gender Differences in the Occupational Goals of Criminal Justice Students

Gina Talavera - Corruption of a Sacred Institution: Sexual Abusing Priests

Maciej Borys Jezierski - Mental Health in Nevada and its Detrimental Impact on Criminal Justice

Amy Magnus - Power over the Powerless: The Context of Sexual Violence in Prison, Deficits in the Prison Rape Elimination Act and Authoritarian Perceptions of Victims

Dory Mizrachi - Intimate Partner Homicide Syndrome: Are Women Justified in Killing an Abusive Partner?

Joseph Belmonte - Police Deviance: How Law Enforcement Administrators Can Address Police Misconduct and Corruption

Cathy Tran - Child Labor on Tobacco Farms: The Economy, Health Risks, and the Laws

Daniel Fried-Marcovitch - Using School Related Programs to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency

Olivia Tuttle - Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System: History, Effects of Incarceration, and the Criminal Justice Response

Rachel Ware Stephensen - Wealth Inequality and its Impact

Matthew P. West - Environmental Compliance Decisions in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Communities


Course Syllabi

Fall, 2017

CRJ 720: Drug Policies in the U.S.


CRJ 405

Each extra credit worth 5 points.

Extra Credit: read and write a summary (2 pages max) of this article (due on or before December 4) : Why Study History?

Extra Credit: write a summary (2 pages max) of the film "Heavens Fall" (due on or before December 4)

Important Notice: Syllabus has been changed; change in exam date and chapters covered

Important!!! The syllabus has been changed again because of the cancellation of classes the week of October 2

Please note: I am in the process of updating some of the tables in the textbook.  Here are those for chapter 4: Updated Tables for Chapter 4

Check out these links!




CRJ 405 Power Points

Introduction - History from a Critical Perspective

Chapter 1 Development of Criminal Law

Chapter 2 Historical Overview of American Policing

Chapter 3  The Courts

Chapter 4 Incarceration

Chapter 5 Juvenile Justice

Chapter 6 Women & the CJ System

        Update: Policing Pregnancy

Chapter 7 - Crime Control Industry

Chapter 8 - Where Do We Go From Here 

Study Guides for Exams

CRJ 405 study guide for first exam

CRJ 405, Study Guide for 2nd Exam

CRJ 405, Final Exam Study Guide


CRJ 409  Power points 

          Myths and Realities of Delinquency (first lecture)

          History of Children and Juvenile Justice

             Measuring Delinquency

          Nature of Delinquency         

          Youth Gangs

          Female Delinquency

          Theories of Crime                

                Chicago School illustration of the use of maps to plot crime locations: Jump in homicides a vexing challenge for LAPD brass

         Delinquency in Context 

         Family and Delinquency

         Schools and Delinquency

            Truancy and street violence are linked, Baltimore study says

               Dropouts costing California $1.1 billion annually in juvenile crime costs

         Processing Offenders through the Juvenile Justice System

         Juvenile Prisons

            Abuses reported in Mississippi training schools - report calls them "A Mississippi Gulag."  Go to this web site:

               Abuses at State Detention Centers (series of 3 stories)

                3 in 25 juveniles in detention are sexually abused, study finds

    The Double Standard of Juvenile Justice

         Some Sensible Solutions







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