UCI researchers forecast lower 2017 violent and property crime rates in much of SoCal.Report also provides city trends, comparisons and socio-demographic information.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine project double-digit reductions in both violent and property crimes across much of Southern California for 2017. Violent crime is estimated to drop by 21 percent in 82 percent of cities, and property crime is expected to decrease by 11 percent in 79 percent of cities.
Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in USA Today for her expertise regarding Senate Bill 54, or California's "sanctuary state bill". She elaborates about the legality of withdrawing federal funding from sanctuary states, and the extent of power that both the federal and local governments have on this issue.
Natalie Pifer, graduate student of Criminology, Law and Society, is featured in The Sacramento Bee: AM Alert for her impending presentation at the UC Sacramento Center on K street. She wil be presenting her research on recent controversies that were derived from "categorial exemptions" to the death penalty, and their respective implications for criminal justice.
Social Ecology alumnusJermaine Griggs ’05 was the featured speaker in the "What Matters to Me and Why” Alumni Series at UCI. Jermaine Griggs is a minister, musician, entrepreneur and public speaker. With Nancy Guerra, Dean of School of Social Ecology, as host, this informal, conversational dinner series explored how his student experiences have profoundly impacted his career path and life journey.
Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society is quoted in BuzzFeed News for her research and expertise on the correlation between immigrants and crime. In this article, she illustrates that President Trump's statement of violence in Chicago being caused by undocumented immigrant gang members is too broad and does not consider other factors of Chicago's crime issues.
David Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, is quoted in L.A. Weekly, giving insight as to why the six-year drought is still in effect for Los Angeles county, despite the recent storms and above-average rainfall occurring in California. In this article, he cites groundwater replenishment and existing conservation policies as the causes to the reluctance to declare an end to the drought.
Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, co-authored a feature for The Conversation with other experts on the relationship between immigration and crime. Based on the research, the authors conclude that there is no concrete evidence that shows immigration facilitates more crime amongst communities.
Richard McCleary, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in The Los Angeles Times Community News, Daily Pilot for his expertise regarding reports showing an increase of violent and property crimes in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, compiled by the cities' police departments. In the article, he emphasizes how the overall crime increase in these cities are minute, and that drawing conclusions behind the cause of the crime spike is difficult.
Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, co-authored an essay for Inside Higher Ed, with fellow colleagues Anita Casavantes Bradford, UCI Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History, and Laura Enriquez, UCI Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies. Through this essay, the authors educate faculty members and administrators on supporting students facing immigration-related crises stemming from President Trump's recent executive order.
Written by David Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, the book, Water Politics, takes an in-depth look at the issues, debates and challenges in water politics today. By using real-life examples of water controversies from all over the world, he illustrates how multi-faced the nature of water politics is. The book educates its readers on the necessity of cooperation and for more equitable water management in order for the global community to properly address water challenges.