Violent and property crimes edged up in Newport and Laguna in 2016

February 2017

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.

10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises

January 2017

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.

Governing our most precious resource

January 2017

Written by David Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, the book, Water Politicstakes 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.

Mental illness is rampant in American jails and prisons

January 2017

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is referenced in The Huffington Post for her research on the harmful effects of solitary confinement in American jails, most notably in her book 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary ConfinementBy citing her research, the article goes into detail as to why mental illness is prevalent in jails and prisons, and implores policy makers and administrative officials to address this issue.

Trump’s policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants

January 2017

Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, co-authored an article featured on The Conversation with Sameer Ashar, UCI Clinical Professor of Law, Jennifer Chacón and Stephen Lee, both UCI Professors of Law. Their article discusses the repercussions of President Donald Trump's expected action to deport millions of "criminal aliens" this week.

Commute distances have increased for SoCal high- and middle-wage earners, UCI study finds

January 2017

A UCI study has found that commute distances in Southern California have gotten longer for high- and middle-wage earners but have remained unchanged for low-wage earners. According to the latest quarterly report issued through the School of Social Ecology’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI), between 2002 and 2010, the distance between where high- and middle-income jobs are located and where those workers live increased across the region. Matching the cost of housing with job income level is a challenge for policymakers and city planners. Workers don’t want to live too close to industrial or commercial areas, but at the same time, they don’t want to commute long distances. “In the broad context of Southern California, this in part means assisting with job growth in the Inland Empire, the origin of one of the largest mega-commuting flows in the U.S., or removing barriers to workforce housing development in the job destination areas,” said John Hipp, MFI Director and UCI Professor of Criminology, Law and Society.

Irvine police lieutenant named among 40 up-and-coming community leaders worldwide

January 2017

Michael Kent, MAS '15 and a lieutenant at the Irvine Police Department, is featured by The Orange County Register for being a part of the "40 Under 40" list by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The award recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals younger than 40 years old who exemplify leadership and commitment to their job.

Obama should use his remaining hours to deliver on his clemency promise

January 2017

Mona Lynch, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is a guest contributor for The Huffington Post as she appeals to President Obama to grant clemency on prisoners who have fallen victim to the abuses of "prosecutorial power that are possible under our current drug laws" before the end of his presidency. In her article, she elaborates over the unfair circumstances that led to a particular prisoner's life sentence, as part of the research for her book Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court.