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Compassion and the criminal justice system

April 16th, 2013

by Don Stemen

Over the semester my criminal justice and criminology capstone class has been debating a number of policies — drug legalization, gun control, stop and frisk practices (among others).  These policies generally produce strong arguments on both sides of the debate and students recognize the difficulty of balancing competing priorities.  The potential harmful effects of substance […]


Using homicide data in class

Using homicide data in class

January 17th, 2013

by Don Stemen

Several topics are likely dominating the first week of most criminal justice and criminology classes this semester. Following the shooting in Newtown, CT, there are certainly discussions of gun violence and the effectiveness of specific restrictions, such as prohibitions on the sale of assault rifles and high capacity clips, in preventing such violence.  In turn, […]