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
Science of Crime
and PunishmentAre 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
Special points of interest:
The Jacksonville Journey
Fall 2010 Course Schedule
Inside this issue:
The Jacksonville Journey
CCJ Internship Profile: Duval County State Attorney’s Office
Faculty Profile: Dr. Alicia
What is Criminology and
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: http://www.coj.net/ 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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding all internship placement deadlines and requirements.
CCJ INTERNSHIP PROFILE: Duval County State Attorney’s OfficeWhile 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 DirectorThe 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
Honorable Angela Corey and J. Daniel McCa rthy
Alicia H. Sitren
her doctoral degree in
Public Affairs with a
Speciali-zation from the
Univer-sity of Central Florida in
re-cently published works
have been devoted to
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
Dr. Daniel Pontzer
Dr. Jordan ‘s new manuscript
examines how differing
social structures (e.g., racial
disparities) affects juvenile
justice decision making.
Dr. Alicia Sitren
Dr. Daniel Pontzer
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
is also starting a
new project that will
ex-amine the degree to
crimi-nogenic factors through
offender assessment and
classification and then
targeting those needs
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
Dr. Brenda Vose
Faculty Update: Dr. Michael Hallettthe 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!
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,
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.
2004) went directly from
the UNF undergraduate
degree program here in
CCJ to the doctoral
pro-gram in Criminology &
Criminal Justice at
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
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 UpdateHeather 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.
.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
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:// www.unf.edu/coas/ccj/ 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
Criminology & Criminal Justice
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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.