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January

According to a new study published by Dr. Meldrum and Dr. Zgoba, sleeping less than five hours a night increases a teen’s likelihood of carrying a gun and bringing one to school.

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Dr. Vincent recently sat down with Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, to discuss criminal justice advocacy, liberty, and justice for all.

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It’s no secret that the opioid epidemic has taken the lives of many. A new study conducted by criminal justice professor Jamie Flexon and her colleagues Lisa Stolzenberg and Stewart D’Alessio examines this epidemic through the lens of recent cannabis laws and their effect on opioid use.

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The study, entitled "Low Self-Control and Environmental Harm: A Theoretical Perspective and Empirical Test," appears in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. Dr. Meldrum and Dr. Pires collaborated with the students to produce the study.

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April

Congratulations to Chucky Back on successfully completing his Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice! Chucky recently joined the faculty of the University of Scranton.

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Please join us in congratulating our latest Ph.D. graduates. Dr. Joelle Lee-Silcox and Dr. Erik Cruz both successfully defended their dissertation and will be graduating this semester.

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Dr. Robert Archer is graduating with his Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice this semester after successfully defending his dissertation this past fall. Congrats, Robert!

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May

Dr. Lin Liu joins the department as an assistant professor, and Dr. Candice Ammons-Blanfort joins the faculty as a full-time instructor.

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June

Dr. Vincent moderates an insightful discussion with Criminal Justice experts Dr. Ammons-Blanfort, Dr. Goddard, and Dr. Peacock on the long history of racism in the fight for justice and what we can learn from other nations.

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In a recent paper published in Crime & Delinquency, Erik Cruz, Stewart J. D’Alessio, and Lisa Stolzenberg found that violent crime increases as temperature rises because of enhanced interaction among the public in outdoor settings.

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Dr. Vincent converses with leaders from FIU CAPS, Miami Dade County Public Schools, City Year, and Center for Popular Democracy about the challenges of community violence and allyship in and outside of the classroom.

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Dr. Vincent and Dr. Ammons-Blanfort join FIU leaders to discuss racial tensions, the history of police brutality against people of color, and strategies to move forward.

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July

The article, titled "Tempering expectations: A qualitative study of prosecutorial reform," is based on in-depth interviews with nearly 50 prosecutors in Tampa and Jacksonville.

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The Consortium is the mechanism through which the MacArthur Foundation's SJC uses its data to undertake broader research and evaluation of strategies for reducing jail populations. After a competitive application process, FIU's Center for the Administration of Justice was selected for membership in the Consortium.

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Dr. Chang wins Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Chang won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will be recognized for this award during the Faculty Convocation Award Ceremony in Fall 2020.

August

APS is recruiting additional members. APS is an honor society that participates in various charity events. It also looks great on a resume. Due to COVID-19, we will be holding events through Zoom but we continue to be active!

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The SAVE Foundation will present Dr. Kutateladze with the award as part of their "Champions of Equality" Virtual Gala on Friday August 28th.

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September

Ph.D. Candidate Anna Leimberg Publishes New Article in IJOTCC

Ms. Leimberg's lead author study entitled, "Unstructured Socializing with Peers, Low Self-Control, and Substance Use," was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Melba will work on the Center’s prosecutorial research and reform initiatives alongside Drs. Kutateladze, Richardson, and Liu.

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The newsletter highlights the various externally funded grants awarded to CCJ faculty, as well as journal articles published by both CCJ faculty and PhD students. It is downloadable as a standalone PDF.

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Dr. Guerette Receives Book Contract For an Edited Volume on Transnational Crime

The book, entitled “The Evolution of Illicit Flows: Displacement and Convergence among Transnational Crime” will be co-edited with colleagues from Transcrime (Italy), Dr. Alberto Aziani and Dr. Ernesto Savona. Springer Press (Switzerland) is the book's publisher.

The article, entitled, "Assessing the Impact of Restrictive Housing on Inmate Post-Release Criminal Behavior," was published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice.

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