College of Arts and Sciences

Criminal Justice and Criminology


WSU Faculty Productivity among the Best in the Nation

The Journal of Criminal Justice Education has ranked WSU's Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology 4th among criminal justice/criminology programs based on per-faculty average publication output. The index took into account the total number of publications and weighted them according to journal prestige.

The same journal also published a study in an earlier issue that found that WSU has produced the 2nd-highest proportion of "publishing stars" (relative to all Ph.D.'s produced by the program) compared to the other 33 doctoral programs assessed.

Designing Better Methods for Offender Reentry Supervision

Dr. Hamiltonís research focuses on offender reentry and alternatives to incarceration. His recent work evaluating the New Jersey Halfway House System was published in Criminal justice and Behavior. Currently he is assisting the Washington State Department of Corrections in the creation and validation of risk and needs assessment tools to be utilized in supervision and intervention matching. His work also extends into the community examining the appropriate durations of supervision for released inmates and the effectiveness of housing programs for offenders reentering the community. In addition, he serves as co-investigator for a Washington State funded project to examine the impact of Snohomish Countyís adult and family drug courts.

Research Strengthens Internationally Supported Police Reform Efforts

Otwin Mareninís recent research and publications have focused on developments in international policing; transnational police assistance programs; efforts to reform the policing systems in failed, transitional and developing states; and integrated border management in the European Union. Many of his recent his writings are papers and reports commissioned by international and regional organizations on how research findings can strengthen internationally supported police reform efforts in Solomon Islands, Nepal, Macedonia, and African states. He is currently working on a commissioned paper for the United Nations University on how police reforms in African states can support or hinder economic development.

Measuring Violence

Dr. Neuilly is currently involved in a variety of projects revolving around questions of measurement of violence.These projects involve a comparative study of violent deaths in Spokane and Walla Walla county at the turn of the 20th and 21st century, an examination of the incremental utility of methodological advancements in recidivism risk assessment in collaboration with Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Lee of the University of Idaho, a test of cultural explanations of violence using Washington data, in collaboration with Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Hays, and Dr. Wolf from the University of Idaho, and of course her on-going comparative study of medico-legal practices in the United States and in France.

Defense Grant Adds Critical Job Tasks Simulation Lab

Bryan Vila, professor of criminal justice and a senior researcher associated with WSU's Sleep and Performance Research Center, has been awarded a $610,000 grant by the Department of Defense's Office of Naval Research to expand the center's Spokane-based facilities with a Critical Job Tasks Simulation Laboratory.

Vila, a former police officer and Marine now specializing in police fatigue issues, will use the new lab to study the impact of sleep deprivation on the performance of experienced police officers. He points out that this research translates directly to war fighters and military peacekeepers, who face similar physiological and cognitive challenges.

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