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Criminology & Justice Studies News

  • 2017

    • Drexel Criminology and Justice Studies Student Emma Nolan in Norway

      Criminology Student Visits Max Security Prison in Norway

      September 26, 2017

      Emma Nolan ’18 performed 14 interviews with Norwegian prison officials in research on comparative punishment practices.

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    • The students outside of Norway's Halden prison.

      A Life-Changing Visit to a Revolutionary Scandinavian Prison

      August 15, 2017

      For 10 days last winter, a small group of Drexel students toured prisons and courthouses in Norway and Sweden to learn how a focus on restoration and rehabilitation creates a radically different criminal justice system.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 26, 2017

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • Robert L. Listenbee, Stoneleigh Visiting Fellow

      Former Justice Department Official Joins Drexel’s Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab

      June 20, 2017

      After serving as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) under the Obama Administration, Robert L. Listenbee, Esq., will return to Philadelphia as a Stoneleigh Foundation Visiting Fellow.

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    • Drexel professor Cheri Brooks, center, alongside Courtney Boyd, left, and John Pace.

      Ex-Inmates Visit Drexel University Class on Crime and Justice

      May 11, 2017

      Professor Cheri Brooks brought to class a pair of recently released men who were given mandatory sentences of life without parole as teenagers, inviting a discussion on crime, punishment, retribution and rehabilitation.

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    • Drexel criminology student Alli Scott.

      A Criminology Student Ready to Turn Theory Into Practice

      March 01, 2017

      Drexel senior Alli Scott’s classroom and field experience has her set for a career as a crime analyst where she can focus on the root of the problems facing high-crime neighborhoods. But her post-graduation plans don’t stop there — she sees a nonprofit in her future.

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    • Shoval Dovani

      25 Faces 25 Years: Shoval Dorani

      February 14, 2017

      Shoval Dorani has looked justice in the eye before. Rather than diving into college after high school, Dorani left her hometown of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, to fight in her father’s native country for the Israel Defense Forces. As a canine handler and commander in the IDF, Dorani — along with her trained military dog, a Belgian Malinois named Gula — came face-to-face with enemy soldiers in combat for three years. So, when she left the IDF to study in Drexel’s Criminology and Justice Studies program, Dorani had one goal in mind: she wanted to “lock up criminals.”

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    • Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD

      Breaking the Cycle

      February 02, 2017

      It is one of our nation’s most pressing and persistent public health crises. It is responsible for more than 25,000 deaths each year nationwide, and as many as 3,500 annually in Pennsylvania alone. It reaches from the inner cities to wealthy suburbs and out into the countryside, and its recent growth has been described by officials at the Centers for Disease Control as “unprecedented.”

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  • 2016

    • student working at chalkboard

      Winter Courses

      September 18, 2016

      Students have two great opportunities to travel to Europe over winter break in intensive courses abroad! Stateside, students can explore how they can curtail our global sustainability crisis, get down with the greatest postmodernist philosophers, or travel through time charting a path through the global history of empires and science.

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    • Credibility On Camera

      August 26, 2016

      A Drexel professor will evaluate a new body camera initiative launched by Philadelphia’s transit agency meant to reduce crime and improve officer-citizen relationships.

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    • College of Arts and Sciences student Alli Spiller enjoyed eating cinnamon buns, a popular national treat, while on co-op in Sweden.

      Making the Most of Drexel Connections and Swedish Culture

      July 20, 2016

      Psychology student Alli Spiller recently returned from a research co-op in Sweden that she created using Drexel connections and financial support.

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    • Milton Huston, and his great-grandniece, Elizabeth Peckham

      A Legacy of Paying It Forward

      June 08, 2016

      Eighty-one years ago, Marjorie Barker Gallagher graduated from Drexel thanks to the generosity of her uncle. His only request was that she promise to send someone else to college instead of paying him back. That legacy continues this year, when Marjorie’s granddaughter Elizabeth became the family’s second Drexel graduate.

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    • New research by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information.

      Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations

      February 04, 2016

      New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.

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    • Jordan Hyatt (L) will evaluate the body camera initiative under SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III (R). Photo credit: Elizabeth Peckham.

      Drexel Criminology Professor to Evaluate SEPTA Body Camera Initiative

      February 02, 2016

      The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently announced that its transit police officers have been equipped with body cameras. The initiative, which is intended to strengthen relationships with the public and provide valuable evidence for investigations, will be evaluated by Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.

      Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey Joins Drexel as Distinguished Visiting Fellow

      January 14, 2016

      Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will join Drexel University as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, a new cross-university strategic initiative that aligns Drexel’s academic work with the real-world need for urban revitalization. He also will be affiliated with the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • New Spring Courses

      January 05, 2016

      Students will lead fiction writing exercises with patients at CHOP, discover the therapeutic potential of philosophy, and learn about the millions of species of insects that co-inhabit our planet — for better or worse — in these spring courses!

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  • 2012

    • Cyndi Rickards

      What I’m Reading: Cyndi Rickards

      July 03, 2012

      DrexelNow chatted with Drexel’s Cyndi Rickards, assistant teaching professor of criminal justice and instructor of Drexel’s course “Prison, Society and You." She's currently reading The Other Wes Moore—One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.

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