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United States. Our mission is to give students the intel-lectual tools they need for understanding and

articulat-ing the world around us. We are proud of your aspira-tions and we are proud to be working with you.

-Dr. Mick Hallett

The Social

Science of Crime

and Punishment

Are you a CCJ major? Your degree is a front-row ticket for witnessing complexities of the world that are often denied, ignored, or other-wise swept under the rug. The particular vantage point from which you will ob-serve the world in your fessional lives will also pro-vide you opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and the communities you serve. But from the CCJ faculty, you will also learn that our challenges are often more deeply rooted, histori-cal, and nuanced than is ever captured by headlines, let alone episodes of CSI Miami. The city in which we work, for example, has led the state of Florida in homicides for 11 straight years. What are the social patterns and challenges be-hind this particular legacy— and what is being done about it? What larger pat-terns of economics, social exclusion, gender socializa-tion, family breakdown and education trend closely with violence? Welcome to

ap-plied social science! Join us and learn more. Criminolo-gist Jock Young describes the social transformations and economic decline of the past several years as induc-ing a kind of ―vertigo‖— ―sense of falling‖—that has led initially to a perverse decline in crime rates, even as domestic violence, public school failure, child abuse, substance abuse and suicide are dramatically (and I do mean dramatically) increas-ing. Meanwhile, broader historical patterns hold: Jacksonville still leads the state in both homicide and violent index crime, despite aggregate declines here and around the state. ―Identity thwarted and denigrated‖ is the cause of violence, in Young’s view. What do YOU think? What is your evidence? Where and how did you gather this evi-dence? Every day, the CCJ faculty is engaged with jus-tice agencies, officials and stakeholders directly in-volved in policy decisions. And we bring them directly to you. We pride ourselves on providing ―scholarship with immersion,‖ offering one of the largest justice internship programs for undergraduates in the

The Special Opportunity of CCJ Majors

Fall 2010

Justice Newsletter

Special points of interest:

Undergraduate Research:

The Jacksonville Journey

Faculty Updates

Alumni Updates

Fall 2010 Course Schedule

Inside this issue:

Undergraduate Research:

The Jacksonville Journey


CCJ Internship Profile: Duval County State Attorney’s Office


MSCJ Update


Faculty Profile: Dr. Alicia



Faculty Updates


Alumni Updates


What is Criminology and

Criminal Justice?


Dr. Hallett pictured with recent summer 2010 CCJ graduate Jean Polo. Mr. Polo is headed to law school.

The particular vantage point from which you will observe the world in your professional lives will also

provide you opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of

individuals and the communities you serve.


Working in collaboration with the faculty, CCJ stu-dents are currently engaged in a multi-year evaluation of The Jacksonville Journey— a $31 million anti-crime initiative helping the City of Jacksonville effectively respond to the crisis in vio-lence and crime that peaked in 2006. In this intensive community-based ―immersion‖ project, stu-dents work directly with program managers and CCJ faculty, researching the most up-to-date ―best prac-tices‖ literature and then

going into the field to com-plete original research, ulti-mately producing their own published report and pre-senting it directly to the Mayor and Jacksonville Journey Oversight Commit-tee. Said Mayor John Pey-ton: ―Now thanks to the dedicated efforts of the UNF criminology class, we can better gauge our pro-gress thus far, and the Over-sight Committee will have a tool for effectively measur-ing the successes and chal-lenges associated with Jour-ney programs in the future.‖

The project will continue under the leadership of Dr. Dan Pontzer this Fall 2010 in the courses: Politics of Justice (CCJ 4935) and (CCJ 6053) Criminal Justice Systems. Last year’s report and course materials are published on Mayor John Peyton’s website. Check it out at: Mayor/

Jacksonville+Journey/ UNF+Journey+Program+Ev aluation.htm

Undergraduate Research: The Jacksonville Journey

daily operations of the SAO. As one of the most crimi-nally active jurisdictions in the United States, interns at the SAO gain a full range of exposure to the legal proc-ess on everything from mu-nicipal traffic to felony homicide. Recent CCJ graduates have been hired fulltime by the SAO imme-diately upon graduation and some even have gone on to law school and then re-turned to the SAO as their preferred career choice--all

as a result of their under-graduate education in CCJ at UNF! Some current and recently graduated CCJ stu-dents working in the SAO include: Fernando Ga-vilan, Kristin Schanze, John Atteo, Heather Way-son, Natalie Hall, and David Thompson. Way to go SAO! Please see Profes-sor Joy Feria,, regarding all internship placement deadlines and requirements.

CCJ INTERNSHIP PROFILE: Duval County State Attorney’s Office

While the Department of

Criminology & Criminal Justice works hard to main-tain relationships with nearly 100 agencies for our capstone internship pro-gram, the Department’s relationship with the Duval County State Attorney’s Office has really strength-ened within the last year. Under the leadership of Chief Assistant State Attor-ney Dan McCarthy, UNF CCJ students are proud to play a growing role in the


Dr. Kareem Jordan

Jacksonville Mayor John

Peyton with Dr. Hallett’s fall 2010 “Politics of Justice and Criminal Justice Systems”


of Dr. Kareem Jordan. We thank and appreciate Dr. Wesely for her service! One focus of the graduate pro-gram is to continue accept-ing quality students and graduating excellent crimi-nal justice professiocrimi-nals. We firmly believe we are accomplishing that goal. We also look to continue

pro-viding opportunities for incoming and current MSCJ students, in terms of finan-cial scholarships, graduate teaching assistant/graduate assistantship opportunities, research endeavors, teach-ing opportunities, theses, etc. To this end, the MSCJ program is tremendous, unique, and full of opportu-nity.

MSCJ Update: Dr. Kareem Jordan, MSCJ Program Director

The graduate program in

CCJ, the MSCJ program, is thriving! The program has more than 40 active stu-dents, and it is continuing to grow, in terms of the num-ber of students and program changes. Dr. Jennifer We-sely recently stepped down as MSCJ Director, and the program is now in the hands John Atteo, CCJ Intern with

the Duval County Sta te

Attorney’s Office

Honorable Angela Corey and J. Daniel McCa rthy


Alicia H. Sitren


her doctoral degree in

Public Affairs with a

Criminal Justice

Speciali-zation from the

Univer-sity of Central Florida in


Dr. Sitren's

re-cently published works

have been devoted to

punishment philosophies

and revisions of

deter-rence theory. She recently

completed work on

multi-ple projects including a

comparison of jails in

rural and urban contexts,

a survey of probationer

experiences, and an

ex-amination of jail

visita-tion policies. With an


back-ground in finance and

additional training in

se-curity and fraud

identifi-cation, she is enthusiastic

about expanding her

re-search and teaching

agen-das to include the study

of econometric modeling

and white-collar crime.

American Criminology Conference in San Fran-cisco where he will deliver a presentation entitled: ―Summary of the Reid Technique of Criminal In-terrogation.‖ He will also participate in a roundtable discussion about online learning in criminal justice and will chair three presen-tation sessions covering the Dr. Dan Pontzer - Dr.

Pontzer has been studying the different rates at which criminal charges are filed by state prosecutors for felony arrest cases. This project is an extension of a course that Dr. Pontzer developed and taught last fall for the first time, entitled ―The Prosecu-tor‖. In November, Dr. Pontzer will attend the

topics of policy issues for legal drugs, gene and envi-ronment interactions in risk and protective factors, and police investigations and covert surveillance.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Alicia Sitren

Faculty Update:

Dr. Daniel Pontzer

Dr. Jordan ‘s new manuscript

examines how differing

social structures (e.g., racial

disparities, economic

disparities) affects juvenile

justice decision making.


Dr. Alicia Sitren

Dr. Daniel Pontzer

Faculty Update:

Dr. Kareem Jordan

Dr. Kareem Jordan – Dr.

Jordan’s new manuscript has been accepted in a new Sage Publications’ journal: Race & Justice. The title of the manu-script is ―A Multilevel Analy-sis of Race on the Decision to Petition a Case in the Juve-nile Court.‖ In the article, Dr. Jordan examines how differ-ing social structures (e.g., racial disparities, economic disparities) affects juvenile justice decision making. The manuscript is consistent with his two main areas of

re-search: juvenile justice and the role of race within crimi-nal justice policy. Dr. Jor-dan also currently has a grant proposal under review with the United States De-partment of Justice, which (if funded) will focus on collecting data on a nation-ally representative sample of juvenile offenders who were transferred, certified and waived to the adult criminal justice system for criminal prosecution.


Dr. Brenda Vose



is currently writing

about the impact of

change in offender risk

scores in the likelihood of

recidivism. She is also

working on pieces about

the history of the Level of

Service Inventory and the

generations of risk

as-sessment instruments.



is also starting a

new project that will

ex-amine the degree to

which identifying

crimi-nogenic factors through

offender assessment and

classification and then

targeting those needs

through treatment

im-pacts an offender’s

likeli-hood of recidivism.


vatization in corrections and expands upon work he un-dertook in 2006 with Dr. Alison Liebling, Director of the Prisons Research Centre at Cambridge University.

Dr. Hallett’s next book is entitled: Clean Break: Non-profit Strategies for Helping Ex-offenders.

Dr. Michael Hallett – Dr. Hallett just returned from the British Society of Crimi-nology meetings in Leices-ter, England, where he chaired a panel session on ―Managerialism and Punish-ment‖ and delivered a paper titled ―Actuarialism in Pris-oner Reentry.‖ The paper continues his focus on

pri-Faculty Update:

Dr. Brenda Vose

Faculty Update: Dr. Michael Hallett

the Inside Out: Efforts by

Homeless Women to Dis-rupt Cycles of Crime and Violence‖ in Women and Criminal Justice 19(3), 217-234.

Congratulations on the book, Dr. Wesely!

Faculty Update:

Dr. Jennifer Wesely

Dr. Jennifer Wesely – In 2010, Dr. Wesely published a co-authored book entitled Hard Lives, Mean Streets: Violence in the Lives of Homeless Women by Jana Jasinski, Jennifer K. We-sely, Elizabeth Mustaine and James D. Wright. Bos-ton: Northeastern University Press. She also published a journal article with James D. Wright, (2009). ―From

Dr. Wesely’s book: Hard Lives,

Mean Streets

focuses on the

range of victimizations homeless

women experienced during their

childhoods and their connections

among one another and to larger

structures of inequality, power and

feeling as the women grew up.


Dr. Vose examines the

impact of change in

of-fender risk scores in the

likelihood of recidivism


One impact of recidivism

The front cover of Dr. We-sely’s book: Hard Lives, Mean Streets.


Stephen Tillotson


2004) went directly from

the UNF undergraduate

degree program here in

CCJ to the doctoral

pro-gram in Criminology &

Criminal Justice at

Indi-ana University,



has been

admitted to candidacy

and is currently working

on his Ph.D. dissertation

research, which he is

con-ducting at the Duval

County Jail. Stephen’s

dissertation project draws

directly from experiences

he had during his

under-graduate internship here

at UNF.

Dr. Hallett

is a

member of Stephen’s

dis-sertation committee and

is himself an alumnus of

the criminology program

at Indiana University,


many awards since then, including for seizure of over $50,000 in illicit assets. In

Ray’s 10 year career with JSO, he has been the recipi-ent of 18 letters of commen-dation. He also received his MBA from UNF in 2006 and is an emerging leader at JSO. Congratulations, Ray on these outstanding accom-plishments!

Ray Belz – (BA Criminal Justice 2003) is now a Lieu-tenant with Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. In Decem-ber 2004 he received Zone 2’s Finest for apprehending a murder suspect, an auto theft suspect, a robbery sus-pect, two burglary suspects, and two rapists in a matter of a few months. He has had


Alumni Update

Alumni Update

Alumni Update

Heather Wayson and John Atteo were recently hired full-time as Paralegal Spe-cialists for the Duval County State Attorney’s Office—jobs they received directly as a result of their internships at SAO. Great job, Heather and John!

Stephen Tillotson, UNF alum-nus, BA, CCJ, 2004.

Lt. Ray Belz, UNF alum-nus, MBA, 2006 and BA (CCJ,) 2003.


Celbrica Tenah (MSCJ, 2008) is a Public Safety Analyst in the Crime Analy-sis unit of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, assigned to Patrol and Corrections. She has nearly 10 years of pro-gressively responsible ex-perience within various agencies of the criminal justice system. Celbrica has previously held positions with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Offices in both the 4th and 8th Judicial

Circuits. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthro-pology from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida. Celbrica is a member of the Interna-tional Association of Crime Analyst and an active com-munity volunteer.

Alumni Update

.Fall 2010 Online Courses: CCJ 3023-82743: Introduction to Criminal Justice

CCJ 3700-81025 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Jus-tice

CCJ 4938-82739: Violent Crime in America

CJC4015-80458:Correctional Sys-tems/Process

CJE 3232-82738: Drugs and Crime CJJ 3010-81656: Juvenile Delin-quency and Juvenile Justice CJL 4510-80462: Court Systems and Processes

Celbrica Tenah, UNF alumna, MSCJ 2008.

Fall 2010 Schedule: Online Innovation

As the CCJ program grows and innovates, we strive to offer students multiple options for course delivery. This fall 2010, the Department is offering a record seven (7) fully online courses. Dr. Hallett will offer two more hybrid courses this spring and the Department will continue to de-velop its online agenda to serve you better. See the Fall 2010 CCJ course schedule below:


ships with nearly 100 gov-ernmental, non-profit, and private organizations in the justice, legal and social service communities. CCJ majors gain hands-on ex-perience in organizations as diverse as the FBI, the US Marshals Service, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Of-fice, daniel Memorial, Inc., Duval County Medi-cal Examiner’s Office, Operation New Hope, the Jacksonville Mayor’s Of-fice, Jacksonville’s Office of General Council, the Duval County State Attor-ney’s Office, and many others. Check out the De-partment’s Internship web-Did you know that the

UNF Criminology & Criminal Justice Depart-ment offers one of the largest social sci-ence internship programs in the

United States? CCJ

prides itself on the belief that social science requires both seeing and doing as a method of analysis and learning. CCJ faculty are productive researchers heavily involved in the community and beyond. They bring this engage-ment directly into the classroom. The Depart-ment maintains

relation-site for a full listing of placement sites: http:// intern.html Recent gradu-ates of CCJ have been hired by these and many other organizations di-rectly upon graduation. Other CCJ graduates have gone on to law school and some are even working on PhD degrees. Using re-search skills to inform policy is our key goal. Read more here about the successes of your fellow students and why UNF’s CCJ program is larger than it has ever been.

What is Criminology & Criminal Justice? Why is it so popular?















CCJ Faculty and guest left to right: Drs. Beth Bailey, Jennifer Wesely, Michael Hallett, homicide investi-gator Jim Parker, Alicia Sitren,, Professor Rick Parker and Dan Pontzer

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development of focused and relevant scholarship. Through excel-lence in research and teaching in the areas of law creation, crime and deviance, and societal response to law violation, students de-velop a greater understanding of social control and its dynamic processes. Participation in research and internships assures rele-vance to current practice and further prepares students to apply their knowledge in the field, to conduct critical analyses of the sys-tem, and to undertake policy development and implementation. Students at the graduate level receive advanced instruction in re-search design and theory, helping students focus their skills for direct employment or more advanced studies. Rigorous commit-ment to peer-review and collegiality help assure that an ethic of continuous-improvement and self-reflection govern all depart-mental processes.