News Archive

Jessica Mercante receives CARAS Travel Award

 

Undergraduate student Jessica Mercante received a Travel Award from the Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship (CARAS) Program  to present her research titled Seasonal Patterns in Prison Suicides at the 21st Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference in Harrisburg, PA, December 2013. Pictured left is Professor Sharon Ostrow, Jessica's independent study mentor on the project. On right is recent doctoral program graduate and co-author,  Brandy Blasko. Jessica is pictured center.

 

Criminal Justice students volunteer at the IACP Convention

 

We had 25 volunteers (all CJ undergrads) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention.

 

   

 

 

 

Liana Taylor wins highly competitive National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship

 

 

 

 

Liana Taylor was recently awarded the prestigious National Institute of Justice Graduate Research (Dissertation) Fellowship! Only approximately 5-7 awards are made per year, making them highly competitive - congratulations Liana! She is working with Dr. Matt Hiller.

 

Tia Solomon featured in Temple News

 

Tia Solomon came to Temple prepared to study classical music. When she leaves, she'll be starting a job as a park ranger. In the first Temple Made student profile of the 2013-14 academic year, the criminal justice major from Philadelphia gives a tour of Valley Forge National Historical Park and explains how ProRanger — Temple's one-of-a-kind partnership with the National Park Service — changed her life by preparing her for a career in law enforcement. Click here to view her story and video.

 

Kelly Waltman-Spreha completes triathalon in memory of Dr. John Goldkamp

 

Kudos to Ph.D. student Kelly Waltman-Spreha for the extraordinary determination and endurance she showed in completing the IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman triathlon at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire on August 18th! Kelly competed for this event in memory of John Goldkamp, as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's Power Team, and she raised $2800 for the foundation's research efforts to find a cure for the disease that took John's life. Kelly had strong supporters at the event in her family, Rely, and some of Rely's family, who were all there to cheer for her as she completed this daunting challenge. I know that some of you showed support by contributing to the cause too. Please join me in congratulating Kelly, as well!

 

Also check out a guest blog post that the Vera Institute of Justice in New York asked Kelly to write on her research on Family Group Conferencing and its impact on juvenile recidivism

 

Congratulations to our Diamond Peer Teachers!

 

Three of our students, Sara Ginsberg, Asia Williams, and Wilfred Beaye won the highly competitive and coveted Diamond Peer Teacher Award. They are seen here with Emily Moerer, Assistant Vice Provost.

 

Dr. Ratcliffe on NPR and quoted in the Economist

 

Dr. Ratcliffe was on NPR with Marty Moss-Coane. The topic was Tackling Crime in Philadelphia. Also present in the segment was Rasheed Smith, one of Dr. Roman’s star volunteers from Operation CeaseFire. The complete segment can be found here.

 

Dr. Ratcliffe talks about Philadelphia's Foot Patrol strategy in the 22nd precinct, which was developed after a study in 2009 by criminologists from Temple University. The complete story can be found here.

 

 

5th ProRanger Class graduates from Temple

 

Congratulations to the 2012 ProRanger graduates! Joshua Minnich, Charles J. Papacostas, Meaghan Bauder, Erin Langeheine, and Wayne V. Lamb, Jr. Lexus R. Ocampo, all Criminal Justice students, graduated from Temple's ProRanger Program. For more information about the program, please click here.

 

 

 

Dr. Belenko receives new $3.6 million five-year grant to establish TUCAIR

 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (part of the National Institutes of Health) has awarded Dr. Steve Belenko and Temple University a new five-year grant for $3.6 million to establish the Temple University Center for Adolescent Implementation Research (TUCAIR), in the Department of Criminal Justice.  Under the direction of principal investigator Steven Belenko, this grant will carry out the goals of NIDA’s Juvenile Justice Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System (JJ-TRIALS) cooperative agreement, which will develop and test implementation strategies to improve the continuum of substance abuse HIV prevention and treatment services for youth under community juvenile justice supervision.

 

Congratulations Dr. Belenko!

 

 

Dr. Phil Harris in Vietnam

 

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Dr. Harris has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to support lecturing on criminology and criminal justice policy in Vietnam during the Spring 2013 semester (January thru May).  He is located at the School of Law, Vietnam National University in Hanoi.  While there, he hopes to examine closely juvenile justice policies and practices to compare American and Vietnamese responses to what we call delinquency.

 

Here he is with his criminology class in Vietnam:

 

 

Carlena Orosco featured in Bright Blue Line

 

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Our own, Carlena A. Orosco, is featured in The Bright Blue Line, in series honoring dispatchers.


You can read how her career path as a dispatcher inspired her scholarly and policy pursuits as a PhD student.

 

Juwan Bennet and Dionna Davis Win Prestigious Awards

 

Professor Van Cleve with two College of Liberal Art's award winning seniors at the 2013 Baccalaureate Awards.  Juwan Bennet won the Criminal Justice Faculty Award for outstanding academic performance and community service.  Dionna Davis won the Phoenix Award for achieving academic excellence in the face of adversity.  Dr. Van Cleve was their faculty mentor.

 

Dr. Ratcliffe on Radio Times

 

Dr. Ratcliffe was on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. The topic was the cell phone video footage that captured then-Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey striking a woman in the face at the street celebrations in North Philadelphia following September’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The complete segment can be found here.

 

Dr. Phil Harris in Vietnam

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Dr. Belenko quoted in NY Times

 

Dr. Belenko shares his thoughts on the Prison Yoga Project, a program that began in California 12 years ago. “This seems like a relatively inexpensive technique that could be made available to inmates and doesn’t take a lot of space,” said Steven Belenko, a professor with the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University who focuses on prisons. Read the complete article here.

 

Drs. Groff and Taylor speak at the Violent Crime Prevention Roundtable

   

 

On December 12, Drs. Liz Groff and Ralph Taylor delivered invited remarks to Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's roundtable discussion on violence and gun violence. Shown (L-R) are John Rich, Dean, Public Health, Drexel, Dr. Groff delivering her remarks, and Dr. Joel Fine, CHOP. The second picture shows Councilman Johnson.

 

Drs. Harris and Van Cleve speak at Temple's Mass Incarceration in America Teach-in Event

 

   

 

The Mass Incarceration Event at Temple took place on November 29, 2012. This event comprised nationally reknowned scholars, inclduing Drs. Harris and Van Cleve, who discussed the criminalization of communities, the industry of mass incaceration, and the implications of race, prison labor, and private industry. Click here to view Dr. Van Cleve's talk.

 

Dr. Belenko receives Distinguished Scholar Award at the 2012 American Society of Criminology

 

Professor Belenko was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Division on Corrections and Sentencing at the 2012 American Society of Criminology. Professor Belenko was also named Associate Editor of the new Springer journal, Health and Justice, and was appointed to the Editorial Board of Justice Quarterly.

 

 

Dr. Elizabeth Groff receives the Young Experimental Scholar Award

 

The Annual Young Experimental Scholar Award was endowed by Professor Friedrich Losel, a Fellow of the Academy, from his Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The Award recognises scholarship in early career. It includes a stipend of $1,000. This year, the award committee was chaired by Professor Losel, and included Professors Mazerolle and Sherman.


Dr Groff received the award for her work conducting an empirical randomized experiment investigating the effect of different presentations of crime data on fear; maps produced less fear than tabular statistics and graduated symbol maps produced the least fear.


Her current research now examines the use of automated vehicle locator data to inform police deployment. In addition,she is performing ‘in silica’ experiments using agent-based models. Advantages to experimenting in an artificial world include: substantially decreased cost, elimination of human subject’s dilemmas and attrition of participants, and achievement of a level of control impossible using empirical experiments.


Dr. Steven Belenko elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology

 

Professor Steven Belenko was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology at the 2008 American Society of Criminology conference in St. Louis.  This award is in honor of his outstanding contributions to experimental criminology. Professor Belenko has been principal investigator for numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and private foundations, and has conducted extensive experimental research on substance abuse and crime, the impact of drugs on the adult and juvenile justice systems, adolescent substance abuse, HIV risk behaviors and related service needs for offenders, and the integration of treatment and other services in criminal justice settings, including drug courts, diversion programs, and prisons.