Criminology & Criminal Justice News

Expert on Sexual Violence Says We Need to Change the Way We Talk to Our Daughters (and Sons)

Monday, April 01, 2013

Wesely's research focuses on two of the most marginalized groups of women in our society, homeless women and sex workers.  Parents of young girls may not think these topics affect them, but they do.

 

City tops state murder list

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dr. Michael Hallett, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNF, discusses Jacksonville's murder rate rising again on "First Coast Connect." Click "Listen" and scroll to the 1:30-minute mark to hear the interview.

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UNF professor says city pension problem years in the making

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dr. Michael Hallett, a professor of Criminology at UNF, has been researching the pension issue plaguing the city for a decade.

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How much is too sexy?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Wesely, UNF associate professor of criminology, discusses the female image and sexualization of girls on Action News. 

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Examining the continuum of sexualization in women

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Wesely, UNF associate professor of criminology and criminal justice and author of “Being Female: The Continuum of Sexualization, probes the sources and consequences of sexualization in women’s lives on “UNF On The Record,” a weekly radio show featuring campus life as well as faculty and student research.

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CCJ Professsor talks about the Aurora shooting suspect

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Professor Rick Parker talks about disarming traps in Aurora shooting suspect's home

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How the COPS grant will affect JSO layoffs

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

 Dr. Michael Hallett, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNF, talks to First Coast News about layoffs at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Privatizing Florida prisons

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dr. Michael Hallett, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNF, talks to WMFE 90.7 Radio about how he thinks race fits in to the push to privatize Florida prisons.

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Cutting the crime rate

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dr. Michael Hallett, chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at UNF, joins a panel discussion on WJCT's "First Coast Forum" to discuss strides that have been made and what still needs to be done in cutting the crime rate on the First Coast.

UNF Internship program one of the largest in the country

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

After an external review by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, results showed the UNF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice as one of the largest criminal justice internship programs in the country.

UNF criminal justice internship program among largest in country

Thursday, October 07, 2010

 The internship program for the UNF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is one of the largest in the country and is giving students a real-life look into the world of criminal justice.

Jacksonville crime and actions for change

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

 Dr. Michael Hallett, chair of the UNF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, talks about crime on the First Coast and actions for change on the Comcast television show "Civil Discourse.”

Violence against homeless women

Monday, February 22, 2010

Although homelessness is a serious social problem in the U.S., there is little direct information about the actual experiences of violence among homeless women. Dr. Jennifer Wesely, UNF associate professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, discusses the latest findings in her new book “Hard Lives, Mean Streets: Violence in the Lives of Homeless Women” on WJXT Ch. 4.

Violence against homeless women

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Although homelessness is a serious social problem in the U.S., there is little direct information about the actual experiences of violence among homeless women. Dr. Jennifer Wesely, UNF associate professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, discusses the latest findings in her new book “Hard Lives, Mean Streets: Violence in the Lives of Homeless Women” on WJCT 89.9 FM Public Radio's "In Context" show.

Prayer power - Does it really work?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Dr. Gabe Ybarra, UNF psychology professor, and Dr. Michael Hallett, UNF chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, talk to the Times-Union about whether prayer during crisis and prayer to reduce crime really works.

UNF Report reveals Jacksonville's anti-crime programs need higher standards

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

 Publicly funded programs as part of the anti-crime Jacksonville Journey need to be held to a higher standard, UNF criminal justice students studying the initiative found.

UNF students review Jacksonville Journey

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

 Two years into the program, Jacksonville Journey received a thorough review by a group of University of North Florida criminal justice students.

UNF Criminology students hit the streets

Monday, November 23, 2009

 UNF students planning careers in criminal justice got a chance to see first hand what's being done in Jacksonville when it comes to crime.

Most OK for paying more taxes for police

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Violence, Taxes and Public Safety Rank High in UNF Poll: A new UNF poll, led by Criminology and Criminal Justice Chair Dr. Michael Hallett, shows that Jacksonville residents are very concerned about violence on the First Coast and also feel that the proposed property tax reduction in Florida will threaten resources for public safety. Hallett was interviewed by The Florida Times-Union, WJXT Channel 4 and WOKV 690 AM radio about the poll.

Dr. Michael Hallett discusses the complexity of the criminal justice field

Monday, January 01, 0001

This show features Thelma Young, a UNF English student, and her new book about the experiences of children who survived Hurricane Katrina. The show also features UNF anthropology professor Dr. Gordon Rakita, and senior Nichole Bishop, a UNF anthropology major. The two discuss how anthropology is used to study our society and culture. In our final segment, Dr. Michael Hallett, UNF Criminology & Criminal Justice chair, and senior Jesse Daniels, a UNF criminal justice major, discuss the complexity of the criminal justice field.

Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective (University of Illinois Press)

Monday, January 01, 0001

Dr. Michael Hallett's third book, titled Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective (University of Illinois Press) was published in 2006. The book traces the historical emergence of for-profit imprisonment in the United States back to the era of convict-leasing after the Civil War and makes comparisons between present-day criminal justice practices and those prevalent during the post-bellum South. Past explorations of "new punishments" reveal the criminal justice system as a mechanism for social control of specific groups rather than for crime control in general, this book draws on the work of David Garland, George Rusche & Otto Kirchheimer, Randall Shelden (see: sheldensays.com), and Michel Foucault. Other recent work by Dr. Hallett appears in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Punishment & Society and textbooks exploring women and crime, trends in criminal justice policy and racial bias in punishment.

 

Violent Youth in Adult Court: The Decertification of Transferred Offenders (LFB Scholarly Publishing: Criminal Justice Series

Monday, January 01, 0001

Dr. Kareem Jordan's first book, titled Violent Youth in Adult Court: The Decertification of Transferred Offenders (LFB Scholarly Publishing: Criminal Justice Series), was published in 2006. In this book, he highlights the importance of exploring the seldom researched area of juvenile decertification, a process whereby youth who initially were waived to adult court are decertified (i.e., reverse waived) to be tried in juvenile court. Dr. Jordan also has published other articles in Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society. He is researching juvenile justice issues in Duval County, Florida.

 

American Behavioral Scientist

Monday, January 01, 0001

Dr. Jennifer Wesely's most recent work is derived from a major grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for which she is a Co-Principal Investigator. This grant looks at complex intersections between women's experiences of violence and homelessness in the four largest metropolitan areas in Florida, including Jacksonville. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were utilized, and the results from Dr. Wesely's in-depth interviews with homeless women have already begun to be published, as evidenced by the 2005 manuscript, "The pertinence of partners: Examining intersections between women’s homelessness and their adult relationships," found in American Behavioral Scientist. Her work is found in journals like Gender & Society, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE), Violence against Women, and Qualitative Inquiry among others. She is currently examining how various marginalizations and cumulative violence experienced by homeless women and exotic dancers feeds into a context in which they engage in criminal violence. This challenges early criminological theorizing, which still persists, that portrays women who are violent as biologically "unnatural" or pathologically as "mad," "sad" or "bad."