Faculty News

Keeping Its Promise to Families, New York Identifies Another 9/11 Victim

Mark Desire estimates that his team had tried to identify the bone half a dozen times over the past 17 years — ever since it was recovered amid the rubble of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Each time, they came up short.

As part of New York City’s effort to identify the remains of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack, Mr. Desire, the assistant director of forensic biology for the city’s Medical Examiner’s office, and his colleagues had been unable to extract enough DNA from the sample to make a positive identification.

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Advances in DNA research could change crime-fighting forever

20180117markdesirezm0157214Mark Desire, Professor with the Program in Criminal Justice, used DNA analysis to nab James Webb for a 1994 rape.  The article can be found here: Mark Desire Article

Dr. Anne M. Piehl, Winner of 2015 Presidential Public Service Award

2015 pres service awardDr. Anne Morrison Piehl is the 2015 recipient of the Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award.  The Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award honors members of the faculty, student body, or staff for volunteer service to government, professional and scholarly organizations, or the public.  

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Has Our Government Lost Its Moral Compass?

Milena A. Wilson, Esq., Lecturer with the Program in Criminal Justice, published an article with New Jersey Law Journal on May 8, 2017.  The article can be found here: Milena Wilson Article

Law Enforcement Collaborative Program with New Brunswick Police Department and New Brunswick High School

Lieutenant Raymond Trigg, Lecturer with the Program in Criminal Justice, is part of the Law Enforcement Collaborative Program with N.B.P.D. and N.B.H.S.  The Collaborative has been incorporated as part of the high school's curriculum in order to strengthen ties with the youth community and local law enforcement, as well as encourage an open dialogue regarding issues affecting the New Brunswick community.  You can find the video published below:

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Will Bail Reform in N.J. Have Positive Impact on Immigrant Community?

Milena A. Wilson, Esq., Lecturer with the Program in Criminal Justice, published an article with New Jersey Law Journal on December 5, 2016 that transpired from discussions with her students in her course, Criminal Justice Seminar: Crimmigration.  The article can be found here: Milena Wilson Article

Justice in Action with Angela Davis and Lennox Hinds

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Justice In Action: an Evening with Angela Davis and Lennox Hinds was held on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.  Angela Davis delivered a lectured titled "Radicial Visions of Justice", and Lennox Hinds delivered a lecture titled "Reflections of a People's Lawyer". 

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Geekadelphia's Scientist of the Year

KimberleeMoran"Kimberlee Sue Moran is no ordinary geek. As Geekadelphia’s Scientist of the Year, her crowning achievement was blowing up a bus filled with dead animals to help first responders learn how to identify bombing victims.

“They got an understanding of debris patterns and developed a protocol where they could reconstruct what happened and recover both biological and non-biological evidence,’’ explains Moran, a Rutgers-Camden forensic archaeology professor and grant facilitator.

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Workshop Paper Presented at Yale University

Michael Welch delivered a workshop paper titled Left Sacred and the Sanctity of Death in ‘Troubled’ Ireland at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Department of Sociology at Yale University on February 20, 2015.

Committee on Law and Justice Presents "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences"

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Anne Piehl was involved with the Committee on Law and Justice: Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences Education, which released a report a few weeks ago on "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences".

"After decades of stability, the United States saw its incarceration rate more than quadruple in the past 40 years. Currently, nearly 1 out of 100 American adults is in prison or jail. What drove this increase, and how has it affected crime rates, individuals, families, communities, and society at large?

The Growth of Incarceration in the United States finds that the dramatic increase in incarceration has failed to clearly yield large crime-reduction benefits for the nation. In addition, the growth in incarceration may have had a wide range of unwanted consequences for individuals, families, communities, and society. The report recommends that policymakers take steps to reduce the nation’s reliance on incarceration.

The report brief and other information can be found on the Committee's website here: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CLAJ/Growth_of_Incarceration/index.htm

Welch Journal Publications - Crime, Law, & Social Change

Michael Welch published "Economic Man and Diffused Sovereignty: A Critique of Australia's Asylum Regime" in Crime, Law, & Social Change (2014) 61: 81-107.

Michael Welch published "Fragmented Power and State-Corporate Killings: A Critique of Blackwater in Iraq" (reprinted from Crime, Law and Social Change), in Routledge Major Works Collection: Critical Criminology (2014), edited by W. DeKeseredy and M. Dragiewicz. New York: Routledge.

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Dean's Award for Scholarly Excellence from Camden-Law

Alec Walen was recently awarded the annual Dean's Award for Scholarly Excellence by Camden-Law.

Article Publications in Law and Philosophy and Ethics and Law-The Ethicalization of Law

Alec Walen recently published articles in Law and Philosophy and Ethics and Law-The Ethicalization of Law.  He published "Transcending the Means Principle" in Law and Philosophy in June 2013.  A copy of the abstract is available here.  He also published "Reflections on Theorizing About the Moral Foundations of the Law: Using Laws Governing Detention as a Case Study" in Ethics and Law--The Ethicalization of Law (S. Voneky et al., Eds.) in 2013 (Springer Press).  A full copy of the article can be accessed here.

Carr Appointed Program Director & Walen as Undergraduate Director

Anne Morrison Piehl steps down officially on June 30, 2013 after serving as Program Director for the past few years.  Patrick Carr was appointed to Program Director and takes over the reigns officially on July 1, 2013; additionally, Alec Walen was appointed as Undergraduate Director to take over the newly vacated position by Patrick Carr.

Lecture at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Michael Welch delivered a lecture on “Crimmigration in Australia: Loud and Quiet Panic Over Asylum Seekers” at the 2013 Colloquium Series in the Department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in April 2013.