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.

Live Law NSF: Translating (law and social) Science

January 2017

Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, joined 3 other scholars to celebrate Life of the Law's 100th episode. They were invited to the NSF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to share their stories, personal experiences, professional challenges, and discoveries about free speech and the judiciary, children and the legal system, imprisonment and culture, family law and poverty, and hate crimes and incivility in society.

Online master’s program in criminology ranked No. 3

January 2017

The Master of Advanced Study (MAS) degree in Criminology, Law and Society has been named the No. 3 online graduate criminal justice program in the country by U.S News and World Report. The MAS degree program was created in 2002 and it was the first online degree program in the University of California system. Teresa Dalton, Associate Professor of Teaching of Criminology, Law and Society, is director of the program. 

UCI Homecoming to welcome back thousands of alumni

January 2017

Celebration will include music, beer garden, food trucks, fireworks and basketball game

The University of California, Irvine’s 180,000-plus alumni will have a chance to celebrate their alma mater at the university’s annual homecoming event, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Party in the Park will take place on campus in Aldrich Park. Crowds regularly top 5,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

New this year, attendees can bring food for a picnic on the grass or purchase food from alumni-owned and/or -operated food trucks. Live music will play from every Anteater era, and the ever-popular beer garden will be open throughout the event. Other attractions include a family fun zone, an Art in the Park arts and crafts fair, and the Innovation @ Home Anteater entrepreneur marketplace. Schools and departments will host interactive demonstrations and welcome alums back to campus.