Immigration detentions spark national debate

February 2017

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in El Paso Times for identifying the issues with National Border Patrol Council's vice president for media relations Shawn Moran's statement that "immigration officers are finally able to do their jobs as it is written in law." In this article, she gives insight as to how the Trump administration has only expanded the group of people that are deemed deportable.

Sen. Bates’ bill adds heinous crimes called legally ‘violent’

February 2017

Charis Kubrin and John Hipp, Professors of Criminology, Law and Society are featured in for their recently released crime report, and how the results of that report contradict assumptions made by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Despite Rackauckas' claims that realignment has contributed to an increase in crime, Professor Kubrin highlights that there is no empirical evidence to his claims, and that it is premature to associate Prop. 47 and 57 to a rise in violent crime.

Research forecasts lower 2017 violent and property crime rates in much of SoCal

February 2017

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.

These encouraging predictions come from the third annual Crime Report for Southern California, authored by John Hipp and Charis Kubrin, UCI professors of criminology, law & society, and produced by the School of Social Ecology’s Irvine Laboratory for the Study of Space & Crime.

California could become a sanctuary state. What does that mean?

February 2017

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.  

Alumnus Jermaine Griggs featured in "What Matters to Me and Why" Series

February 2017

Social Ecology alumnus Jermaine 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.

Without evidence, Trump blames Chicago violence on undocumented immigrants

February 2017

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.

Why is the drought not over yet?

February 2017

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.