There’s Evidence He Didn’t Kill His Family

January 2017

C. Ronald Huff, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in People as he weighs in on whether Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent for the murder of his wife and two children, after being convicted of the crime nearly 47 years ago. 

From People:

Other prominent supporters include Barry Scheck, co-founder of The Innocence Project, the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, and C. Ronald Huff, a high-profile criminologist at the University of California, Irvine, who has been studying wrongful convictions for the past 30 years.

“I believe that Dr. MacDonald did not murder his family and that this will ultimately be regarded as one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice in the modern era,” says Huff.

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.

Mothers' lack of legal knowledge linked to juvenile re-offending

January 2017

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is featured on Fox 47 News and for her research with her colleague Caitlin Cavanagh. Their research on mothers' legal knowledge and youth re-offending indicates that when mothers were less knowledgeable about the legal system, their children were more likely to commit another crime if their mothers did not participate in legal proceedings.

From Fox 47 News and

The study, published online in the journal Psychology, Public Policy and Law, is titled “What they don’t know can hurt them: Mothers’ legal knowledge and youth re-offending.”

Cavanagh and Elizabeth Cauffman from the University of California, Irvine, studied the cases of 324 boys aged 13 to 17 who were charged for the first time with low to moderately serious offenses such as vandalism, theft and assault. The study followed up with the youth a year later to see if they had re-offended.

South Portland police to wear body cameras, but policy on use is kept secret

January 2017

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in Portland Press Herald about the issues and concerns raised by the South Portland Police Department's decision to keep their officer body camera policy a secret.

From Portland Press Herald:

The situation also drew concern from Charis E. Kubrin, a professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Kubrin, who has kept close tabs on the rollout of body cameras in the Los Angeles Police Department and is among the academics watching and studying how policy is being developed throughout the country, said that at first glance, South Portland’s position sounds strange.

“There’s a lot of debate about what those policies should be,” Kubrin said. “But I have not heard of police departments not sharing those policies or citing operational reasons for not revealing what those policies are.”

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How mindfulness can lower your stress and anxiety in 2017

January 2017

Tiffany Chiu, undergraduate student of Psychology and Social Behavior, is a guest writer on the American Psychological Association's Psychology Benefits Society blog. In her article, she encourages readers to practice mindfulness when encountering stressful situations in their lives. Furthermore, she goes into detail as to other methods that could reduce anxiety and stress in one's life.

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States consider options for young adults in justice system

January 2017

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is quoted in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, explaining why young adults have a range of needs that have to be considered when reforming the youth criminal justice system. Due to a young adult's prematurely developed brain, their needs can drastically vary from person to person. 

From Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:

Discussions about tackling the young adult population draw on the fields of adolescent brain science and psychology. Scientists have shown teenagers have less control of their emotions and are more willing to take risks, findings that have propelled the idea that “kids are different” when it comes to their culpability for crime and potential for rehabilitation.

“Adolescents just aren’t as good as adults at putting on the brake,” said Elizabeth Cauffman, a professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California-Irvine.

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