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Redlich is new President-elect of the American Psychology-Law Society

Redlich is new President-elect of the American Psychology-Law Society

Professor Allison Redlich of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, is the new President-elect of the American Psychology-Law Society. She has published more than 100 articles, books, and book chapters on topics including interrogations and confessions, guilty pleas, wrongful convictions and mental health courts.

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Rudes receives Sustaining Excellence Mentoring Award

Rudes receives Sustaining Excellence Mentoring Award

CLS professor Danielle Rudes received the 2019 Sustained Mentoring Excellence Award from Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research. She was honored at the Celebration of Student Scholarship and Impact on May 7th.

CLSSA Hosts Trivia Night Fundraiser

CLSSA Hosts Trivia Night Fundraiser

The Criminology, Law and Society Graduate Student Association is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on October 18th! Come test your general and criminological knowledge, earn prizes, and support a great cause.

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CLS Assistant Professor Position Available for Fall 2019 Headlines

CLS Assistant Professor Position Available for Fall 2019

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society invites applicants for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor position to start August 2019. We are seeking individuals with active research agendas in any area of criminology, criminal justice, and law and society.

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Redlich works with CINA researchers as they study mass shootings

Redlich works with CINA researchers as they study mass shootings

CLS professor Allison Redlich worked with researchers from the Navajo Nation-serving Diné College in Arizona during their 10-week stay at Mason’s Criminal Investigations Network Analysis Center (CINA). The scholars pursued cutting-edge research on the public’s response to mass shooting with the goal of stopping copycat/related acts of violence.

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Dezember Receives Summer Research Fellowship

Dezember Receives Summer Research Fellowship

Amy Dezember, doctoral student in the Criminology, Law and Society Department, has received a Summer Research Fellowship from the Provost Office to support data collection for her dissertation research on plea bargaining.

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CLS Provost Scholar Athletes Honored

CLS Provost Scholar Athletes Honored

Criminology, Law and Society majors Kariana Blaszak, Sarah Kaminski, and Rachel Woods recently received the Provost Scholar Athlete Award in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements. CLS faculty members James Willis and Keith Bryars were invited by the students to attend the award reception as professors who have made an impact.

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Hartwell Receives Summer Research Fellowship

Hartwell Receives Summer Research Fellowship

Taylor Hartwell, master’s student in the Criminology, Law and Society Department, has received a Summer Research Fellowship from the Provost Office to complete her thesis research on staff and inmate perceptions of treatment during solitary confinement reform.

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Mason Partners with HIDTA on Drug Enforcement and Treatment

Mason Partners with HIDTA on Drug Enforcement and Treatment

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy has been selected to house a portion of the multimillion dollar Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, the largest of the 28 intelligence-driven drug enforcement and treatment programs in the country.

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Book Talk: Race and Policing in the United States

Book Talk: Race and Policing in the United States

Devon Johnson, Angela Hattery and Earl Smith will speak about their books: Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race and the Criminal Justice System (Johnson) and Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change (Hattery and Smith).

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This is College: Thoughts of a Peer Academic Advisor In The Media

This is College: Thoughts of a Peer Academic Advisor

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear during college is that you should wait until your junior or senior year to start pursuing internships. WRONG. Internships are not something that should be purposely put off; they should be constantly pursued throughout your college years.

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CLSSA Hosts Trivia Night Fundraiser

CLSSA Hosts Trivia Night Fundraiser

The Criminology, Law and Society Graduate Student Association is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on Nov 8th! Come test your general and criminological knowledge, earn prizes, and support a great cause.

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Weisburd: organized crime and hot spot policing In The Media

Weisburd: organized crime and hot spot policing

In an article on Latin American policing strategies, David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor in Criminology, Law and Society and executive director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, considered the impact of organized crime on the efficacy of hot-spot policing.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Weisburd receives award from the Israeli Society of Criminology

Weisburd receives award from the Israeli Society of Criminology

David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Criminology from the Israeli Society of Criminology.

Taxman receives award from Division of Experimental Criminology

Taxman receives award from Division of Experimental Criminology

Dr. Faye Taxman, University Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has received the 2017 Joan McCord Award, which recognizes distinguished experimental research contributions to criminology and criminal justice that have implications for policy and practice.

Weisburd honored by the American Society of Criminology

Weisburd honored by the American Society of Criminology

The American Society of Criminology (ASC) has just announced David Weisburd as the 2017 recipient of their prestigious August Vollmer Award. Established in 1959, the August Vollmer Award recognizes an individual whose scholarship or professional activities have made outstanding contributions to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.

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Charlotte Gill awarded prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

Charlotte Gill awarded prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

Charlotte Gill, faculty member, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and deputy director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, has been named a 2017 Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for her work in police-community partnerships in crime prevention in Appalachian Kentucky.

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Russillo becomes first female deputy superintendent

Russillo becomes first female deputy superintendent

“From the first time I sat in a police car, I knew this is what I wanted to do.” Criminology, Law and Society alumna, Tracy Russillo, (Law Enforcement '88) is a 28-year veteran of the Virginia State Police and the first woman to be appointed deputy superintendent of the department.

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CLS Major Publishes Article on Private Prisons

CLS Major Publishes Article on Private Prisons

Criminology, Law and Society major Vicky Rivera researched and wrote an article on private prisons that has been published in the most recent issue of the Community Policing Dispatch, the online newsletter of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services.

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Rudes Receives Faculty Research Award

Rudes Receives Faculty Research Award

Dr. Danielle Rudes, Associate Professor in the Criminology, Law and Society Department, has received a Faculty Research and Professional Development Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to fund research on solitary confinement using ethnography and interviews with staff and inmates at four prisons.

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Rudes Receives Mason's Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award

Rudes Receives Mason's Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award

Associate Professor Danielle Rudes of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society was honored with Mason's Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award. This award is given annually to faculty who have earned their doctorates within the past 10 years and show exceptional promise in their fields.

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Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Wendi Manuel-Scott will moderate a dialogue with thought leaders Laurie Robinson, Earl Smith, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Shirley Ginwright on policing and crimes against people of color, including current issues and the national climate, for this semester's President's Freedom and Learning Forum.

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George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

Mason's Office of Graduate Admissions cordially invites you to attend our largest annual event for prospective graduate students. Learn about graduate degree programs, graduate certificates, and professional degrees. Come see the excitement of our campus, meet our faculty, and speak with admissions representatives.

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Barnett Launches Advisor Mentorship Program

Barnett Launches Advisor Mentorship Program

Criminology, Law and Society Undergraduate Advisor Stephanie Barnett, working with Jon May of the Center for Academic Advising, has launched the second annual Advisor Mentorship Program with a introductory workshop.

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Rudes Receives Innovation in Teaching Award

Rudes Receives Innovation in Teaching Award

The Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs has awarded the inaugural Teaching Innovation Award to Professor Danielle Rudes of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University.

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Johnson's New Book Featured in Mason Spirit Magazine

Johnson's New Book Featured in Mason Spirit Magazine

Mason criminology, law and society professor Devon Johnson and coeditors use the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case to explore how highly publicized criminal cases shape public opinion about offenders, the criminal process, and justice in the United States.

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Myers Starts Gowns for Grads Program at Mason

Myers Starts Gowns for Grads Program at Mason

Amanda Myers, an academic advisor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, spearheaded the development of a "Gowns for Grads" lending program which allows George Mason alumni to donate their graduation regalia to graduating seniors who don’t have the means to buy their own.

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CLS Research Methods Students Present in a Poster Session

CLS Research Methods Students Present in a Poster Session

Undergraduate students from Professor Sue-Ming Yang's Research Methods & Analysis in Criminology course presented the results of their research projects in a recent poster session. This course is part of the Students as Scholars curriculum at George Mason University.

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CLS Advisor Myers Receives Scholarship

CLS Advisor Myers Receives Scholarship

Amanda Myers, an undergraduate academic advisor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, recently received a $250 textbook scholarship funded by TIAA-CREF’s Raise the Rate Contest.

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CLS Doctoral Student Works to Change Police Policies

CLS Doctoral Student Works to Change Police Policies

As a PhD student in George Mason University’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society, Julie Grieco is working on ways to convince tradition-bound police forces to add scientifically proven, academically driven policies to their methods of combating crime in their communities.

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Taxman Appointed to Governor's Parole Commission

Taxman Appointed to Governor's Parole Commission

University Professor Faye Taxman, of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at Mason, has been appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to a 27-member Parole Commission charged with reviewing Virginia's approach to parole and recommending policy changes.

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Department Recognizes 2014-2015 Award Winners

Department Recognizes 2014-2015 Award Winners

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society held its annual academic awards ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Awards were presented for Departmental Honors, Academic Excellence, Outstanding Undergraduate, Outstanding Adjunct and more!

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Novak Interviewed About the Death Penalty In The Media

Novak Interviewed About the Death Penalty

Andrew Novak, adjunct instructor in Criminology, Law and Society at Mason, was interviewed on PBS NewsHour about recent changes to the implementation of the death penalty in Utah and other states.

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CLS Participates in Policing Symposium in China

CLS Participates in Policing Symposium in China

Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society traveled to Hangzhou, China in February to participate in the opening ceremonies for the Center for Evidence Based Policing at Zheijang Police College.

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Weisburd Honored with Israel Prize in Criminological Research

Weisburd Honored with Israel Prize in Criminological Research

David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor at George Mason University and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, has been awarded the prestigious Israel Prize in Social Work and Criminological Research, for his work in focusing law enforcement resources in "hot spot" areas of crime.

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CLS Doctorate Researching Terrorist-Related Crimes Alumni News

CLS Doctorate Researching Terrorist-Related Crimes

News Hub reports that Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, a PhD graduate of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, is researching the rationales of people convicted or terrorist-related crimes, by corresponding with them via mail. Her correspondents include "Jihad Jane" and Richard Reid.

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Mason Team Competes in CIA Simulation

Mason Team Competes in CIA Simulation

Four Mason undergraduate students did an outstanding job representing the university at the Central Intelligence Agency's multi-university competition simulation held in November 2014 at the University of Richmond.

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Immigration Monologues Included College Students' Stories

Immigration Monologues Included College Students' Stories

The college's Latin American Studies program sponsored a series of powerful narratives of resilience and determination at Immigration Monologues: A Journey of Our Successes. The voices included those of college students Brandon Juarez-Lopez, Rodrigo Velasquez, and Sofia Schersei.

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Johnson Quoted about Police-Community Relations after Ferguson In The Media

Johnson Quoted about Police-Community Relations after Ferguson

Professor Devon Johnson of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society was quoted in the Fairfax Times after a public forum addressed police abuse and racial trauma, racial bias in the criminal justice system and the media, and lessons that can be learned from the recent events in Ferguson, Mo.

TheFix.com Quotes Taxman on Confidentiality of 12-Step Confessions In The Media

TheFix.com Quotes Taxman on Confidentiality of 12-Step Confessions

Faye Taxman, University Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, contributes to a piece on TheFix.com about the confidentiality of confessions given in the course of AA meetings, and whether a lack of confidentiality undermines the effectiveness of a self-help community.

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Koper Discusses Results of 1994 Assault Weapons Ban In The Media

Koper Discusses Results of 1994 Assault Weapons Ban

David Koper, faculty member in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and a senior fellow in Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, was quoted in ProPublica regarding the validity of a statistic underlying a push for an assault weapons ban.

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences rolled out a red carpet for its alumni over the course of two evenings during the university's Alumni Weekend. The Distinguished Alumni Reception recognized some of the contributions made by college alumni, and a social event, open to all college alumni, combined scholarship and relaxing fun.

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Marine Veteran Builds a New Career in Criminology

Marine Veteran Builds a New Career in Criminology

At Mason, Breanne Cave is gaining experience and knowledge that will allow her to build on her previous career in the Marines to create a new career in criminology. The PhD candidate in Criminology, Law and Society and Presidential Scholar is helping Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy with studies that may have significant impact on what we know about deterring crime.

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CLS Doctoral Student Receives Grant and Fellowship

CLS Doctoral Student Receives Grant and Fellowship

Jill Viglione, a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, has received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice. These resources will provide support for Viglione to complete her project on the implementation of evidence-based practices in adult probation.

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Doctoral Students in CLS Publish Article on Policing Research Publications

Doctoral Students in CLS Publish Article on Policing Research

Doctoral students Breanne Cave, Julie Grieco and alumnus Cody Telep from the Department of Criminology Law and Society have recently published an article on evaluation research in police departments. This article stemmed from their experience in the Police Research Group at Mason.

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With One Shot, Tiger Reaches Green

With One Shot, Tiger Reaches Green

Criminology, Law and Society major Jimmy Green is the first Mason student to attend the university on an Earl Woods Scholarship, awarded by the Tiger Woods Foundation. Active in the social action and integrative learning program and a member of the Leadership and Community Engagement LLC, Jimmy makes the most of his opportunities while he serves others.

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Johnson Named a Top 25 Criminal Justice Professor

Johnson Named a Top 25 Criminal Justice Professor

Devon Johnson, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of Graduate Programs, has been named one of the "Top 25 Criminal Justice Professors" in the Education Blog of ForensicsColleges.com. Professor Johnson was chosen based on peer and employer recognition, leadership and professional contributions, and the top ranking of the Criminology, Law and Society graduate programs.

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Mason Students, including CLS Undergrad, Cycle Cross-Country for People with Disabilities

Mason Students, including CLS Undergrad, Cycle Cross-Country for People with Disabilities

It is 2,889 miles from Seattle, Wash. to Washington, D.C. That’s more than 40 hours by car—or a whole summer on a bike—for Jeffery Gorenshtein, Dylan Reed and Bryan Bott. These George Mason University students have volunteered to pedal across the country to support people with disabilities for Push America’s 2014 Journey of Hope.

Weisburd to Give Keynote Address Faculty Afoot

Weisburd to Give Keynote Address

David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, will give a keynote address at the 2nd International Conference on Government, Crime and Justice Statistics in Mexico City this June. His address is titled: "Hot Spots and Crime: Research and Policy Implications."

TV Shows Fortify Home Base for Decorated Mason Veteran, CLS Alumnus

TV Shows Fortify Home Base for Decorated Mason Veteran, CLS Alumnus

George Mason University alumnus Mark Little, a former Army captain, knows service members’ homecomings can be bittersweet. Little came home seven years ago after an improvised explosive device (IED) blasted through his Humvee in southern Baghdad and blew off both of his legs below the knee.

Weisburd Receives High-Profile Criminology Prize

Weisburd Receives High-Profile Criminology Prize

David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, has been recognized by the American Society of Criminology as the recipient of the 2014 Edwin Sutherland Award.

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Donose, CLS Undergraduate Alum, Founds New Student Group

Donose, CLS Undergraduate Alum, Founds New Student Group

With cyber security breaches in the news on an almost daily basis and with data theft a concern for even the most cautious of computer users, George Mason University students have launched a new organization, Cyber Security Systems (CSS), to stay a step ahead of online criminals and to groom future cyber industry leaders.

Taylor Presents Research at Politics of Gender and Justice Conference

Taylor Presents Research at Politics of Gender and Justice Conference

Criminology, Law and Society major Nicole Taylor will present her research on "Gendered Reentry Preparation: Differences Among Jail Inmates Leaving Custody" at the Politics of Gender and Justice Conference at George Mason University. She conducted this research as part of the undergraduate Honors Seminars in Criminology, Law and Society.

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Cave Receives Dean's Challenge Award

Cave Receives Dean's Challenge Award

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society is pleased to announce that doctoral student Breanne Cave has received the prestigious and highly competitive Dean's Challenge Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Weisburd Receives Award from the Campbell Collaboration

Weisburd Receives Award from the Campbell Collaboration

Distinguished Professor David Weisburd, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, is the 2014 recipient of the Robert Boruch Award from the Campbell Collaboration for his contribution to research on interventions that inform public policy. He will receive the award in Ireland in June.

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Soliman presents at the National Collegiate Research Conference

Soliman presents at the National Collegiate Research Conference

Sarah Solimon, a junior at Mason, was one of 150 undergraduate student researchers to present at this year's National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC). Her research with Dr. Danielle Rudes, Departent of Criminology, Law and Society, examined the efficiency and usability of a software system used by probation officers to supervise criminally involved juveniles.

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College Honors its 2013 Mary Roper Awardees

College Honors its 2013 Mary Roper Awardees

Each year, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences honors selected classified staff members with the Mary Roper Award, to recognize exemplary service in support of the college's goals. This year's celebration was held on December 3, 2013.

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Schifferli Receives Award of Excellence

Schifferli Receives Award of Excellence

Mary Schifferli, Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, received an Award of Excellence from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for her outstanding contributions in the area of graduate programs support.

Mason Criminologists to Evaluate License Plate Reader Technology

Mason Criminologists to Evaluate License Plate Reader Technology

Police agencies across the United States have invested heavily in license plate reader (LPR) sensory equipment with the belief that the technology’s has the potential to reduce crime. Professors Cynthia Lum, Chris Koper and James Willis will embark on a full-scale research project to analyze the degree of crime control and weigh the costs and benefits of LPR technology.

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Newmark Receives  Amazing Employee Award Accolades

Newmark Receives Amazing Employee Award

Dr. Lisa Newmark, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, has been recognized as an "Amazing Employee" at Mason for her work with faculty and students as Director of Undergraduate Programs.

Mason Faculty Contribute to Missouri Crime Summit

Mason Faculty Contribute to Missouri Crime Summit

In late September 2013, Cynthia Lum and Chris Koper, faculty members in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, headlined a presentation at the Missouri Attorney General’s Urban Crime Summit. Recently, summit attendees reflected on their work.

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CLS Undergrad Interns with NCIS Special Agents

CLS Undergrad Interns with NCIS Special Agents

For many CLS students, an internship with the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) is at the top of their wish list. Seve Cordova’s dream became reality when, through the CLS Internship Program, he was offered a highly competitive internship placement with the NCIS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for Spring 2013.

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Olaghere Publishes Op-Ed on Importance of Prison Education

Olaghere Publishes Op-Ed on Importance of Prison Education

Criminology, Law and Society doctoral student Ajima Olaghere co-authored an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun (along with Natalie Sokoloff of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Blake Ethridge of Johns Hopkins University) that argues post-secondary education can help incarcerated people lead "humane and critically examined lives."

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Zingraff Named Interim President of Mason Songdo Campus

Zingraff Named Interim President of Mason Songdo Campus

Provost Peter Stearns has named Matthew Zingraff, associate dean for research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and faculty member in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, as the interim president of the George Mason University's upcoming campus in Songdo, Korea.

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Willis' Ideas in American Policing Lecture Published

Willis' Ideas in American Policing Lecture Published

The Police Foundation has released the newest "Ideas in American Policing" lecture, given by Professor James Willis of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Dr. Willis discusses the role of science and craft in efforts to reform and improve policing.

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CLS Doctoral Students Write About Staff Burnout in Corrections Publications

CLS Doctoral Students Write About Staff Burnout in Corrections

Doctoral students Jennifer Lerch and Stephanie Maass from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society recently published an article on staff burnout for the American Probation and Parole Association. This is one article in an ongoing series provided by graduate students in the department to address the needs of those working in community corrections.

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College Prepares for May 2013 Convocations

College Prepares for May 2013 Convocations

This May, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences plans to host three convocations: one each for its graduate students, undergraduate humanities and interdisciplinary programs students, and undergraduate social sciences students.

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Annual Conference Helps Translate Policing Research into Practice

Annual Conference Helps Translate Policing Research into Practice

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) hosted a joint Symposium and Congressional Briefing on Evidence-Based Policing on George Mason’s Arlington Campus on April 8 and at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

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Taxman Interviewed on C-SPAN regarding Reentry Housing

Taxman Interviewed on C-SPAN regarding Reentry Housing

University Professor Faye Taxman of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, was the guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, where she was interviewed about halfway houses and reentry housing centers for former inmates.

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CLS Professors Examine TSA Security Program

CLS Professors Examine TSA Security Program

Professors Weisburd, Lum, Gill, Johnson and Merola from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society have been involved in a multi-year study to examine the Transportation Security Administration's Playbook security plan at airports.

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CLS Professors Provide New Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

CLS Professors Provide New Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

Professors Shannon Portillo and Danielle Rudes of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society received funding from the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) to develop new opportunities for undergraduate research and collaborative projects.

Weisburd Interviewed for ASC Oral History Project

Weisburd Interviewed for ASC Oral History Project

Professor David Weisburd was recently interviewed for the Oral History Criminology Project of the American Society of Criminology, which represents an ongoing effort to preserve prominent scholars’ accounts of their role in shaping the evolution of the field.

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Attorney General Speaks to Criminology, Law and Society Students and Faculty

Attorney General Speaks to Criminology, Law and Society Students and Faculty

Attorney General Eric Holder recently visited Mason to speak to students and faculty from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. During his presentation, Mr. Holder emphasized the need for evidence-based responses to crime and violence and reflected on his accomplishments and the challenges he has faced while leading the Department of Justice.

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Robinson Interviewed on DC Public Safety Radio Program

Robinson Interviewed on DC Public Safety Radio Program

Laurie Robinson, Former Assistant Attorney General and Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society was recently interviewed on the DC Public Safety radio program. She shares her views of current crime and justice issues and talks about her experiences at Mason.

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CLS Doctoral Students Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice

CLS Doctoral Students Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice

Criminology, Law and Society graduate students are helping translate research into practice by writing research updates in Perspectives, the journal of the American Probation and Parole Association. Doctoral students Jill Viglione and Lincoln Sloas wrote the most recent article, which focuses on contingency management in criminal justice settings.

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CLS Doctoral Student to Join Faculty at Arizona State University

CLS Doctoral Student to Join Faculty at Arizona State University

Criminology, Law and Society doctoral student Cody Telep will be joining the faculty at Arizona State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice as an assistant professor in the fall of 2013. Telep is expected to graduate next May after completing his dissertation on evidence-based policing.

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King, Lum Win Emerging Researcher Awards

King, Lum Win Emerging Researcher Awards

Two college faculty members - the Department of Psychology's Eden King and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society's Cynthia Lum - have been recognized as Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creators for 2012. The award recognizes the very best of the university’s younger scholars.

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Lum Receives Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award

Lum Receives Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award

Dr. Cynthia Lum from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society has been recognized with the 2012 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award. This award is given to three Mason faculty members each year who show exceptional promise in their disciplines.

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New Research Projects in Criminology, Law and Society

New Research Projects in Criminology, Law and Society

The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE) in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society announces several new projects which focus on translating and implementing evidence-based practices in court, probation, prisons, and jail settings.

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Lum Named Fall Outstanding Supervisor Accolades

Lum Named Fall Outstanding Supervisor

The Mason Staff Senate has announced that Cynthia Lum, associate professor and deputy director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, will receive the Fall 2012 Outstanding Supervisor Award (OSA).

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Police Research Group Forming in Criminology, Law and Society

Police Research Group Forming in Criminology, Law and Society

The Police Research Group is a new organization for students and faculty interested in conducting and using high-quality research on policing. Goals of the group include conducting and disseminating research that is useful for practical as well as scholarly purposes and increasing the visibility of police research in relevant academic disciplines and among policy makers and practitioners.

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CLS Graduate Students Help Translate Research into Practice

CLS Graduate Students Help Translate Research into Practice

Criminology, Law and Society graduate students are helping translate research into practice by writing research updates in Perspectives, the journal of the American Probation and Parole Association. Doctoral students Stephanie Ainsworth and Jennifer Lerch wrote the inaugural article, which focuses on cognitive-behavioral therapy programs for higher-risk offenders.

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Gallagher quoted in Wall Street Journal

Gallagher quoted in Wall Street Journal

Cochrane at Mason Director Catherine Gallagher is quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing the difficulties capturing prisoner data and offers a solution for how to potentially include it in national surveys. Click the link to read the entire article.

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Glaeser, CLS Undergraduate, Works to Find Missing Children

Glaeser, CLS Undergraduate, Works to Find Missing Children

As part of the Case Management team for the Missing Children Division at NCMEC, Anna utilized knowledge and skills learned in the classroom at George Mason to apply on-the-job, including: working with crime victims, practicing criminal justice ethics, criminal profiling techniques, and research and analysis methods.

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Taxman Interviewed about Evidence-Based Practices in Corrections

Taxman Interviewed about Evidence-Based Practices in Corrections

Faye Taxman, University Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, was interviewed by Len Sipes on the DC Public Safety Radio Show on the implementation of evidence-based practices in community corrections. Her interview covered the issues related to evidence-based practices in pretrial, probation and parole agencies.

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Gallagher Interviewed on C-SPAN Regarding Gangs

Gallagher Interviewed on C-SPAN Regarding Gangs

Catherine Gallagher, director of the Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy at George Mason University and faculty member in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, was the guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, where she was interviewed regarding gangs.

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Taxman and Rudes Publish Op-Ed on Imprisonment In The Media

Taxman and Rudes Publish Op-Ed on Imprisonment

Professors Faye Taxman and Danielle Rudes of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society published an op-ed in The Free Lance-Star in April titled "Far better ways to fight crime than imprisonment." The article discusses how the primary mechanism for crime fighting in the United States for the last 30 years has focused on building and expanding the capacity of our prison systems which translates into a runaway incarceration system that does not deter criminal behavior.

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Interview with Laurie Robinson: The Justice Department as 'Change Agent' In The Media

Interview with Laurie Robinson: The Justice Department as 'Change Agent'

Laurie Robinson is one of the nation’s most influential players, both in government and in academe, in criminal justice. Now a professor in the criminology program at George Mason University in northern Virginia, she recently left her post as Assistant Attorney General for Justice Programs, the U.S. Justice Department agency that makes crime-fighting grants to states and localities and oversees the research and statistical arms of the department.

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Criminology, Law and Society Alumni Inducted into Golden Quill Society Alumni News

Criminology, Law and Society Alumni Inducted into Golden Quill Society

The Mason Alumni Association recently inducted eleven graduating seniors into the Golden Quill Society, including Criminology Law and Society majors DeShonta Garner, Christina Lauderdale and Joy Sheppard. The Golden Quill Society recognizes outstanding student leaders and offers opportunities for leadership as alumni. We congratulate our students on their achievements and well-earned recognition!

CCCP at GMU Publishes "A Decade in Crime" Brief

CCCP at GMU Publishes "A Decade in Crime" Brief

CCCP at GMU has released a one-page brief that dives into national crime trends from 2001 to 2010. CCCP at GMU found that, consistent with most reports, crime reported to the police over the past ten years has declined, with the greatest reductions observed for property crimes and larceny theft. Violent crime rates have dropped as well. However, it's important to note that using strictly national figures can mask important trends within subgroups, types of crime, and geographic borders.

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Rudes Wins University Teaching Award

Rudes Wins University Teaching Award

Danielle Rudes, assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, is the recipient of a 2012 Mason Teaching Excellence award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching and the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation, curriculum development, and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.

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Mason Center Helps Virginia Create Probation and Parole Action Plan

Mason Center Helps Virginia Create Probation and Parole Action Plan

When officials at the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) were looking to create a statewide operational action plan for probation and parole, they had to look no further than Mason’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE). Led by Dr. Faye Taxman and Dr. Danielle Rudes, the center conducts research to assist policy makers and correctional practitioners in crafting effective policies to prevent criminal behavior.

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CCCP Director Catherine Gallagher to speak on Congressional panel about the Youth Promise Act

CCCP Director Catherine Gallagher to speak on Congressional panel about the Youth Promise Act

CCCP Director Catherine Gallagher will speak at a panel discussion on Monday, March 26, 2012 to highlight the need for more opportunities, mentoring, intervention, support and education for America's youth. This panel is part of a series of briefings Congressman Bobby Scott is hosting to urge Congress to pass the Youth PROMISE Act. Joining Gallagher and Congressman Scott for the discussion will be among others renowned actor Hill Harper actor (CSI: NY). The briefing will go from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 2141 in the Rayburn House Office Building and will be open to the general public, congressional staff, members of Congress, and the media.

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Gallagher, CCCP at GMU research team Present at Capitol Hill Briefing.

Gallagher, CCCP at GMU research team Present at Capitol Hill Briefing.

Dr. Catherine Gallagher , Director of the Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy at George Mason University (CCCP at GMU), spoke as a panelist at bipartisan briefing entitled “Reduce Crime, Reduce Costs, and Improve Lives and Communities through Evidence-Based Prevention” on Monday, February 27, 2012. Dr. Gallagher presented a report put together by CCCP at GMU that showed the medical costs of adolescent firearm injuries.

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Criminology, Law and Society Faculty Participate in Congressional Briefing

Criminology, Law and Society Faculty Participate in Congressional Briefing

The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy held a Congressional Briefing last week on Reducing Gun Violence: Lessons from Research and Practice. Led by Dr. Christopher Koper, the briefing was held on Capitol Hill to a standing-room only audience from over 100 government, academic, and research organizations. Dr. Koper presented research on police activities to reduce gun crimes, and Dr. Catherine Gallagher discussed the cost of adolescent firearms injuries.

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Lum Publishes Book on Counterterrorism Measures

Lum Publishes Book on Counterterrorism Measures

Cynthia Lum, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, has published a new book titled "Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy" (Springer, 2011), edited with Leslie W. Kennedy of Rutgers University. Lum and colleagues examine a variety of counterterrorism strategies in the United States and abroad.

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Better This World at Johnson Center Cinema, 3/20 at 6pm

Better This World at Johnson Center Cinema, 3/20 at 6pm

Better This World follows the dramatic journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23), of Midland Texas, George W. Bush’s hometown, as they are transformed from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists, arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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Weisburd Lecture on Place-Based Policing at Community Justice 2012 Conference

Weisburd Lecture on Place-Based Policing at Community Justice 2012 Conference

Dr. David Weisburd will speak at Community Justice Conference 2012: The International Conference of Community Courts on January 31, 2012. He will speak on the "Lessons from Place-Based Policing." This multi-disciplinary conference is intended for judges, police officials, attorneys, community corrections officials, court administrators, victim advocates, community organizers and others with an interest in criminal justice reform. It will provide participants with both hands-on tools to improve their work and access to cutting-edge research in the field.

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Hall of Fame Jersey Police Chief Honored by Department In The Media

Hall of Fame Jersey Police Chief Honored by Department

Former Jersey City police chief Frank Gajewski was honored by his city's municipal council in light of his recent induction into the Center for Evidence-Based Policing's Hall of Fame at George Mason University. The center is run by David Weisburd and Cynthia Lum, faculty members of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society.

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College Honors Exceptional Students at Celebration of Scholarship

College Honors Exceptional Students at Celebration of Scholarship

As their names rang through the Mason Hall atrium, 26 students walked past the podium, received their certificates and shook the hand of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Jack Censer. These students, both undergraduates and graduates in the college, were recognized at the 2011 Celebration of Scholarship.

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Mason Team Competes in CIA Simulation Exercise

Mason Team Competes in CIA Simulation Exercise

A Mason team of four would-be Intelligence Analysts from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society participated in a competition with 11 other area schools in a CIA simulation exercise hosted at Georgetown University.

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Symposium on Evidence-Based Policy Attracts More Than 250 Attendees

Symposium on Evidence-Based Policy Attracts More Than 250 Attendees

Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) joined forces with the Campbell Collaboration to host workshops and a Symposium on Evidence-Based Policy at Mason on Aug. 15 and 16, attracting more than 250 participants from around the world.

Supreme Court Debates Mason's Research in Criminal Flight Ruling

Supreme Court Debates Mason's Research in Criminal Flight Ruling

The United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-to-3 decision in June that fleeing the police in a vehicle could be a violent felony, and could also lead to 15-year prison terms for offenders. The court came to this ruling after vigorously debating research by Cynthia Lum, a member of the Criminology, Law and Society faculty, and George Fachner, MA '09, Criminology, Law and Society.

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Weisburd Wins Klachky Prize from Hebrew University

Weisburd Wins Klachky Prize from Hebrew University

Dr. David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at Mason and Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at The Hebrew University has won the 2011 Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science.

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College Honors Alumni of the Year at Celebration

College Honors Alumni of the Year at Celebration

Newly minted graduates were not the only ones celebrating on Friday, May 20. At 12:30 that day, alumni of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences gathered in Mason Hall for the college’s annual Alumni of the Year Celebration.

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Johnson Center Cinema to Show "Living for 32"

Johnson Center Cinema to Show "Living for 32"

On Thursday April 28th at 4:30 p.m., the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Film and Media Studies program will show "Living for 32" in the Johnson Center Cinema. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the subject of the film, Colin Goddard, and his father, Andy Goddard.

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Willis Wins University Teaching Award

Willis Wins University Teaching Award

James Willis, assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, has won a 2011 Teaching Excellence Award from the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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"Effects of Organizational Factors on  Use of Juvenile Supervision Practices" Publications

"Effects of Organizational Factors on Use of Juvenile Supervision Practices"

Faye Taxman with colleagues Jill Farrell and Doug Young published "Effects of Organizational Factors on Use of Juvenile Supervision Practices" in Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Lonetti Experiences Personal, Professional Success

Lonetti Experiences Personal, Professional Success

Throughout her career at George Mason University, Annie Lonetti has been a part of many landmark moments in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Lonetti, the department’s office manager, is in her 11th year of employment at Mason.

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College Honors Five Staff Members at Mary Roper Award Ceremony

College Honors Five Staff Members at Mary Roper Award Ceremony

Staff members from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ departments walked across George Mason University’s Fairfax campus to see Annie Lonetti win the 2010 Mary Roper Award. Lonetti, office manager for the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, received the 10th annual award.

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Weisburd Wins Israeli Award

Weisburd Wins Israeli Award

David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, has been awarded the Minister of Immigrant Absorption's Prize for Outstanding Scientists after being recommended by the judging committee of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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Hines Wins Meese Family Scholarship

Hines Wins Meese Family Scholarship

Terri Hines, a recent magna cum laude graduate from George Mason University's administration of justice program, is the winner of the 2010-2011 Meese Family Scholarship Award.

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Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy Honors Police Leaders

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy Honors Police Leaders

George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy honored eight police leaders from around the country as the first members of its Hall of Fame. The center is based in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Thumbnail image courtesy of Creative Services.

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Mastrofski Elected American Society of Criminology Fellow

Mastrofski Elected American Society of Criminology Fellow

University Professor Stephen Mastrofski has been elected a fellow in the American Society of Criminology. This honorary title recognizes persons who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline and a significant contribution to the field through the career development of other criminologists.

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Graduate Students Present Research at National Conferences

Graduate Students Present Research at National Conferences

May was a busy month for graduate students in the Criminology, Law and Society Department. Students presented the results of their research at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting and at the Conference for Student Research on Addictions, Infectious Disease and Public Health.

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Criminology, Law and Society Moves to Fairfax Campus

Criminology, Law and Society Moves to Fairfax Campus

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society is moving to the Fairfax Campus. As of May 24th, the faculty and academic advising offices will be located on the third floor of the Aquia Building, between Thompson Hall and Student Union Building I. Department offices will be closed on May 20th for the move and reopen on May 24th. The department phone number remains the same: 703-993-8315.

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Parham Receives Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program Award

Parham Receives Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program Award

Criminology, law and society major Sarah Parham was recently awarded a prestigious undergraduate research apprenticeship. The Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program at George Mason University pairs high-achieving undergraduate students with faculty mentors to undertake original research or creative projects.

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Johnson Wins University Teaching Award

Johnson Wins University Teaching Award

Devon Johnson is the recipient of a 2010 Mason Teaching Excellence award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching and the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation, curriculum development, and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.

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Administration of Justice Students Earn Credit for Internships

Administration of Justice Students Earn Credit for Internships

The Internship Program for the Administration of Justice Department at George Mason University provides students with an exciting opportunity to gain specialized on the job training, develop contacts for the future and earn academic credit. Students have had memorable experiences working for a variety of criminal justice organizations around the Washington metropolitan area.

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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Administration of Justice Honors Students Study Policing

Administration of Justice Honors Students Study Policing

Students from the 2009-2010 Administration of Justice Undergraduate Honors Seminar have been working with Professor James Willis on an original research project focused on policing. Through interviews and ride-alongs with officers, the class is exploring the question: What does good policing look like to the street cop?

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Turner on Safety Communication

Turner on Safety Communication

With the Olympic Winter Games so close to the American border, security is a bi-national responsibility. Mason researcher Allan Turner is one of many taking part in the effort by assuring that new communication equipment is meeting the needs of first responders.

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VIDEO: Weisburd Talks About Winning Stockholm Prize

VIDEO: Weisburd Talks About Winning Stockholm Prize

George Mason University professor David Weisburd is considered one of the world's top criminologists. His work on "hot spots" won him the Stockholm Prize. Weisburd, his students and others talk about his work, his influence and his passion for criminology and teaching.

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Weisburd Wins Criminology’s Top Prize for His Policing Research

Weisburd Wins Criminology’s Top Prize for His Policing Research

Distinguished Professor David Weisburd has been named the winner of the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his research and findings that police patrols at crime “hot spots” do not merely move crime around the corner. The Stockholm prize is widely considered the most prestigious in the field of criminology, and this is the first time the international committee has bestowed the award on a single individual. Winners receive 1 million Swedish kroner (about $130,000).

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Symposium hosted by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and the Administration of Justice Department

Symposium hosted by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and the Administration of Justice Department

On Wednesday, October 15, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and the Administration of Justice Department of George Mason University hosted a symposium entitled “Drugs in America: Trafficking, Policy and Sentencing.”