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.

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.