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Brandon Welsh interviewed by NY Times: “New York’s LED Streetlights: A Crime Deterrent to Some, a Nuisance to Others”

Dr Brandon Welsh was interviewed for a NY Times piece, “New York’s LED Streetlights: A Crime Deterrent to Some, a Nuisance to Others.” “Research differs on whether better lighting leads to a reduction in crime, though a 2007 meta-analysis of 13 cities around the world, including eight in the United States, showed an overall reduction. ‘I believe…
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Published On: July 15, 2016 |
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Doctoral Student Steven Zane publishes “Do Criminal Court Outcomes Vary by Juvenile Transfer Mechanism? A Multi-Jurisdictional, Multilevel Analysis”

Doctoral student, Steven Zane, has published “Do Criminal Court Outcomes Vary by Juvenile Transfer Mechanism? A Multi-Jurisdictional, Multilevel Analysis.” The article examines whether the mechanism of juvenile waiver—judicial, prosecutorial, or legislative—affects sentencing outcomes for juvenile defendants transferred to adult court. Results from multilevel models that control for state-level variation indicate that sentencing outcomes are inextricably…
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Published On: June 6, 2016 |
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SCCJ Alumnus Profile: Enzo Yaksic

SCCJ alumnus Enzo Yaksic has been profiled in Boston Magazine for his work on compiling data on serial killers. “Data-driven research has evolved dramatically since serial killers first started capturing the public’s imagination, but academics and law enforcement officials continue to work in silos, hoarding their information. Meanwhile, criminologists estimate that at least 200,000 murders…
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Published On: May 20, 2016 |
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Amy Farrell featured in WBUR Documentary: Bought and Sold: The new fight against teen sex trafficking

Dr Amy Farrell was interviewed for a new documentary by WBUR entitled “Bought and Sold: The new fight against teen sex trafficking.” The documentary focuses on what Dr Farrell has spent her career researching, sex trafficking. “Advocates for kids are pushing for a new approach to combating underage prostitution: treating young people caught up in sex…
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Published On: May 13, 2016 |
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2016 Senior Celebration Event

On May 5, the evening before Northeastern University’s Commencement, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice held its annual Senior Celebration event to honor the 65 students graduating with their Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. One-third finished with honors designations (GPA of 3.5 and above), including four who graduated summa cum laude (GPA of…
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Published On: May 12, 2016 |
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Doctoral student Steven Zane and Professors Welsh and Drakulich publish article that investigates the impact of race on judicial decision to waive juvenile offenders to adult court

Published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, the article reports on the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of race on the decision to waive juvenile defendants to criminal court. The average effect of race in the included studies (N=18) was positive but not statistically significant. Moderator analyses also revealed that…
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Published On: May 2, 2016 |
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Amy Farrell: Effective Counter Human Trafficking Strategies: Exploring the Latest Research panel discussion

Amy Farrell will be speaking at Google Friday April 29 at 2:00pm for the panel discussion “Effective Counter Human Trafficking Strategies: Exploring the Latest Research.” “Since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, the United States has engaged in sustained efforts to combat human trafficking throughout the country. But how successful…
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Published On: April 27, 2016 |
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James Alan Fox: Rod Matthews has earned a second chance

“My decision to advocate for the convicted killer did not come easily. Nor has it made me especially popular with the victim’s family, callers to talk shows, or the band of demonstrators outside the hearing holding signs that read, ‘No parole for juvenile killers.’ “There was a time when I was close to the victim’s…
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Published On: April 25, 2016 |
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James Alan Fox on Greater Boston WGBH

James Alan Fox appeared on Greater Boston WGBH to discuss the recent parole hearing of Rod Matthews, who at the age of 15 was convicted of second degree murder in 1988 for the killing of Shaun Ouillete, 14. Dr Fox testified on Rod Matthews’ behalf. To see the full interview, please visit WGBH. Dr Fox…
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Published On: April 6, 2016 |
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Natasha Frost and Carlos Monteiro: Administrative Segregation in U.S. Prisons

Natasha Frost and Carlos Monteiro have written a paper on administrative segregation in US prisons for the National Institute of Justice. “There is growing interest around the country in understanding the use and impact of restrictive housing in corrections. Restrictive housing, also called administrative segregation and solitary confinement, has a long history in the U.S….
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Published On: March 15, 2016 |
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