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.
There was a great turnout and warm, sunny weather at the CCJS tent at this year’s Maryland Day! Graduate student research and Students Ending Slavery were featured. Take a look at the full article to see a few pictures!
The presented poster outlines a set of preliminary analyses of the relationship between guardianship on a target system and repeated access of trespassers on these systems. As a part of a broader partnership between Dr. David Maimon and Dr. Michel Cukier to investigate cyber offending using honeypot computers, data were collected from a randomized control trial of target computers deployed on the Internet network of a large U.S. university. The analyses discussed in this poster examined whether the number and type of computer users (i.e. administrative vs. non-administrative) simulated on each system reduced "recidivism" by trespassers on targeted systems.
Co-authors, John Laub of the University of Maryland and Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, along with 25 former presidents of the American Society of Criminology have drafted a letter to the president and the attorney general entitled "Keep Science in the Department of Justice." They hoped that politics don’t intrude on the science-based approach that the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics has fostered in recent years.
I am sad to inform members of the university and alumni that Ray Paternoster passed away on Sunday. As you all know, Ray was one of “the founding members” of the Department that Charles Wellford assembled in the early 1980s and a major reason for the continued high quality of the program since that time.
Department Chair James Lynch, has been awarded a three-year grant from the nationwide Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice to conduct studies in partnership with the Prince George’s County’s Departments of Corrections and Police. The two-part research project will examine patterns and trends in misdemeanor offense enforcement in the county, in addition to studying the county’s pre-trial detention population. More information can be found at: https://bsos.umd.edu/feature/ccjs-project-examine-law
With the support of the William T. Grant Foundation, Professor John Laub is starting a new three-year project with Vincent Schiraldi, a Senior Research Fellow directing the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). This project involves the creation of Learning Community for Young Adults in the Justice System. There are increasing discussions taking place across the country regarding the current response to young adults in the justice system. Several states and local jurisdictions are considering alternative policies and practices towards this special group.