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January

Professors Stolzenberg, D'Alessio and Flexon's evaluation of body-worn cameras in Miami-Dade County showed a 34% decrease in the number of citizen complaints against police officers, a 19% reduction in the number of cases of physical response to citizen resistance by police officers, and a 74% drop in the number of civil cases against the MDPD related to excessive police use of force.

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February

Professor Pires invited to speak at Michigan State University's Law School

Dr. Pires was invited to speak at the Symposium on Trafficking at Michigan State University's Law School where he presented on the topic of "Wildlife Crime: Patterns of Poaching, Trafficking, and Selling Illicit Wildlife".

These projects are being implemented in partnership with prosecutors’ offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami. The goals include increasing anti-LGBTQ hate-crime investigation and prosecution, addressing racial and ethnic disparities in prosecution, developing new measures of prosecutorial performance, and assessing the influence of charging decisions on disproportionate punishment.

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March

Erik Cruz awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship

Congratulations to Erik Cruz, he has been awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) from the University Graduate School (UGS). Erik is our first PhD candidate to receive this fellowship. Join me in congratulating him on this accomplishment.

The Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University has invited Robert Peacock to join Professor Emeritus Gary Cordner in presenting on the 2015-2017 start up of a new Ukrainian national police department composed largely of a wave of 18,000 new recruits and more than 25% female officers.

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April

PhD student Erik Cruz Published Paper in Migration Studies

ICJ PhD student Erik Cruz has a paper accepted for publication in the Migration Studies. Cruz's study examines the effect of terrorism on attitudes towards immigration.

Ph.D. Student Robert Archer Publishes Paper in Victims and Offenders

ICJ Ph.D. student Robert Archer has had a solo-author paper accepted for publication in the journal Victims and Offenders. Archer's study examines the influence of sexual assault victimization on engagement in self-protective behaviors among college students and the mediating role that fear of crime plays in shaping this process.

At the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) annual award ceremony on March 29, Dr. Peacock was awarded the Michael C. Braswell / Routledge Outstanding Dissertation Award for his thesis Applying Tyler’s Process-based Model of Legitimacy in a Developing Country. In the photo, Dr. Peacock is congratulated by award namesake Michael Braswell and graduate committee members.

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Dr. Kutateladze and Dr. Meldrum Named 2018 FIU Top Scholars

The Provost has named Dr. Kutateladze and Dr. Meldrum as FIU Top Scholars for 2018. Dr. Kutateladze is being recognized for securing external funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the Koch Foundation to support his research program on prosecution. Dr. Meldrum is being recognized for his mentorship of ICJ PhD students. Both Dr. Kutateladze and Dr. Meldrum will be honored along with other award recipients at a private reception to be held at Ronald Reagan Presidential House later this month.

May

Dr. Meldrum will appear for an hour long show on the South Florida PBS Health Channel on Thursday May 16th at 11 AM to discuss research on the causes and consequences of inadequate sleep among teenagers.

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June

Congratulations to Dr. Candice Ammons Blanfort--the first graduate of the Ph.D. program in International Crime and Justice!

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July

The report presents findings pertaining to racial and ethnic disparities across five decision points: Case filing; Charge changes from arrest to filing; Disposition type; Charge changes from filing to disposition; and Sentencing.

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August

FIU experts in criminal justice, law, psychology and law enforcement discuss impacts, coping skills and possible solutions

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While earning her Ph.D., Candice Ammons-Blanfort conducted research on the distrust of law enforcement officers by communities of color.

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The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice welcomes three new faculty members this fall semester: Dr. Candice Ammons-Blanfort, Dr. Kristen Zgoba, and Dr. Rebecca Richardson.

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September

Doctoral student Christopher Torres is the lead author on a study forthcoming in Victims & Offenders

Doctoral student Christopher Torres is the lead author on a study entitled, “The Effect of Social, Verbal, Physical, and Cyberbullying on Academic Performance,” which is forthcoming in Victims & Offenders. His study uses data drawn from the National Crime Victimization Survey’s School Crime Supplement and ordinal regression analysis to examine the effect of various types of bully victimization on the academic achievement of middle and high school students.

Dr. Guerette receives funding for "real time" crime center within Miami Police Department

Dr. Guerette received approximately $300k in grant funding from the US Bureau of Justice Assistance to develop a “real time” crime center capability within the Miami Police Department. The project will take place over three years and will employ students from the International Crime and Justice doctoral program.

Dr. Guerette invited to host a webinar for the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance

Dr. Guerette invited to host a webinar for the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance regarding a grant project involving ICJ doctoral students working embedded within the crime analysis unit at Miami Police Department. He’s also been requested to speak about the project at the national Strategies for Policing Innovation meeting in Arlington, VA later this month.

The report presents findings pertaining to racial and ethnic disparities across five decision points in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties, Florida: Case filing; Charge changes from arrest to filing; Disposition type; Charge changes from filing to disposition; and Sentencing.

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October

Drs. Flexon, Stolzenberg, and D'Alessio recently published an article on the link between medical marijuana laws and opioid use in the prestigious International Journal of Drug Policy.

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November

Abuse, neglect and family violence lead the list of ACEs that contribute to poor self-control.

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