Faculty News

Students Learn Harsh Reality of Justice System from Podcast

The Program in Criminal Justice's Director, Dr. Alec Walen, has been giving a course on a close up of crime and punishment while utilizing podcasts as a primary source.Please click on this link in order to view the full article: CJ course

Scarlet Speaker Talk

The Program in Criminal Justice's Director, Dr. Alec Walen was a Scarlet Speaker for the School of Arts and Sciences.Please click on this link in order to view the lecture: Scarlet Speaker Talk

Dr. Noura Erakat Op-Ed

Please view this interesting op-ed piece that the Washington Post Published for our faculty member, Noura Erakat.

The Passing of Dr. Patrick Carr

Dear CJ students,

I write this with a heavy heart. On April 16, a beloved and superb teacher, scholar, and friend, the former Director of the Program in Criminal Justice, Pat Carr, died from the cancer he had been battling for almost a decade.

Prof. Carr joined Rutgers, in Sociology and Criminal Justice, in 2005. He was well known for his outstanding work on young people and policing, youth violence and social control, and the transition to adulthood, including the books Clean Streets, Hollowing Out the Middle, Coming of Age in America, and Theories of Crime. But he always said that he was happiest in the classroom. His students meant the world to him. Even as he was back in treatment last spring, he didn’t miss a single class meeting, a testament to his dedication to his students.

I recall that I wanted to see him teach last year, so I sat in on a session of his Juvenile Justice class. He did a marvelous job of providing information and asking questions, giving students lots of time to talk, and yet keeping the class focused, and all with his normal sharp wit. I then found out that he hadn’t even planned to teach that day; he was supposed to have a guest lecturer, but the guest canceled at the last minute and Prof. Carr just stepped up without missing a beat. Only the best teachers can do that.

He was, to quote Julie Philips, the chair of the Department of Sociology, “a valued and beloved colleague – he gave honest and savvy advice, often with a dose of his wicked humor, and was extremely thoughtful, creative and resourceful in addressing problems. He was one of a kind.”

In the future, we as a Program will be devising other ways to honor him as well. We’ll keep you posted as those plans become concrete.

Meanwhile, if you'd like, you can make a donation to the Calliope Joy Foundation, established by Pat and his wife Maria Kefalas after their daughter was diagnosed with leukodystrophy. If you would like to send a note of condolence to Pat’s family, you can send to Maria Kefalas and his children (Camille (20), PJ (17) and Cal (10)), 420 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

 

You can find other remembrances of Pat Carr here:
Rutgers Today
Beacon Press
The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Yours,

Alec Walen

Director, Program in Criminal Justice

Dr. Lauren Krivo, elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology

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Dr. Lauren Krivo of the Program in Criminal Justice has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. Alongside Dr. Krivo is a graduate student of Sociology at Rutgers University, Brooklynn Hitchens, who was presented with the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity by the American Society of Criminology.

 

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.  

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

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". 

Read more: Justice in Action with Angela Davis and Lennox Hinds

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.

Read more: Geekadelphia's Scientist of the Year

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.

Read more: Welch Journal Publications - Crime, Law, & Social Change

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.