Congratulations to Eric Wish (CESAR), PI and Peter Reuter (Public Policy and CCJS) for funds awarded under the state's Mpower program. Mpower Funds awarded to CCJS are in support of one project in a set of studies on the effect of the opioid epidemic on pregnant women. Peter Reuter will lead the project, supported by a post-doctoral fellow and a doctoral student.
UMD Assistant Professor, Sarah Tahamont, wrote to the New York Times in response to the unsigned editorial "Let Prisoners Learn While They Serve." The editorial makes reference to the empirical literature on the effects of prison education on recidivism, while Tahamont's letter cautions that few studies on the topic "pass methodological muster."
David Bierie, a University of Maryland CCJS lecturer, and colleague Kristen Budd of Miami University recently published a paper on female-perpetrated sex crimes. There is little information known about female sexual offenders’ use of violence or physical injury resulting from these types of assaults. The findings of the paper suggest that the likelihood of violence used in an assault by a female sex offender is increased by certain incident characteristics. The full paper can be found here.
UMD's own Professor Laura Dugan and University of Denver's Erica Chenoweth were recently awarded the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal Best Paper Prize for 2016. Their paper is titled "The Canadian Way of Counterterrorism: Introducing the GATE-Canada Data Set" and can be read here for free through February 2018. Congratulations!
Distinguished University Professor John Laub and Harvard Professor Robert Sampson were recently awarded the 2017 Life-Time Achievement Award from the Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. Congratulations to both on such an amazing accomplishment!
David Bierie, a lecturer and graduate of the CCJS Department and senior statistician in the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), along with Paul Detar of the U.S. Marshals Service, have published an article about the role of research and researchers in USMS. Bierie provides a brief and fascinating history of USMS; statisticians and other quantitative researchers are a crucial aspect of USMS. Bierie goes on to discuss how researchers can monumentally aid the work of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Gary LaFree, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, recently published an article in The Conversation about six reasons why stopping terrorism is so challenging.