Fall 2020

  • Jennifer Wood, as conference director, is organizing the 2021 global conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health – LEPH 2021. Temple University has partnered with Drexel, Penn, Rutgers-Camden, and Thomas Jefferson University to co-cost this (now virtual) event set for March 22-24, 2021. For more info see: https://leph2021philadelphia.com/
  • Jerry Ratcliffe was selected last fall to receive the prestigious Joan McCord award from the ASC Division of Experimental Criminology/Academy of Experimental Criminology.
  • Graduate student Juwan Bennett was awarded second place in the 2020 Gene Carte student paper competition for his paper “A Multiple Group Cross-Lagged Analysis of Perceived Legitimacy, Perceived Opportunities, and Compliance with the Law.”
  • Graduate student Alyssa Mendlein‘s paper, “Justice System Size and Punishment across Nations: The Relationship between Incarceration and Police, Prosecution, and Judicial Personnel in Forty-Seven Countries” received the 2nd place award in the graduate student paper competition of ASC Division of International Criminology (2020).
  • Graduate student Dijonee Talley continued in her role as a Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow working with Health Promotion Council and CeaseFirePA to strengthen the role of youth voices in Pennsylvania’s gun violence prevention policy efforts https://stoneleighfoundation.org/fellow/dijonee-talley/. In this role, Dijonee was recently awarded one of The Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention’s microgrants to develop a 12-week empowerment program for youth.
  • Jamie Fader presented “New Directions in Emerging Adult Justice” to juvenile justice policymakers in May as part of the New York State Youth Justice Institute’s Lunch and Learn Webseries.
  • Jerry Ratcliffe’s popular podcast REDUCING CRIME continues to grow a wide audience. And educators love these podcasts, as they come with multiple-choice questions and ADA compliant transcripts. His podcasts can be found here. Recent episodes included discussions with Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff on implicit bias; the Deputy Commissioner from the Baltimore Police Department on consent decrees; former Deputy Commissioner Philadelphia Police Department Kevin Bethel discussing his innovative police-school diversion project. A favorite, though, is his discussion with Maureen McGough on the under-representation of women in policing. Listen to it here.
  • Jerry Ratcliffe was also featured in various news outlets over the summer discussing topics related to policing and crime trends, including predictive policing and the rise of violence and its possible relationship to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Aunshul Rege’s innovative open-source data set on critical infrastructures ransomware attacks (CIRWAs) was recently featured in Security Week Magazine. The data set project is funded by Professor Rege’s National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award and can be used by researchers, educators, and students.
  • Caterina Roman discussed with Emily Badger of the New York Times (The Upshot) how the pandemic has hindered many evidence-based strategies for reducing violence.
  • Caterina Roman also joined Philadelphia Inquirer opinion editor Elena Gooray to create a webinar with tips and tricks for writing Op-Eds. The webinar was part of the Temple University Public Policy Lab’s professional development series.
  • Jason Gravel is working as a co-investigator, collaborating with Georgia State University on a new research project funded by the National Consortium for Gun Violence Research that is examining the social network structure of officer-involved shootings 
  • Peter Jones, in collaboration with other Temple CJ Professors Cathy RosenRely VilcicaJeffrey Ward, and Cheryl Irons, is leading a study funded by Arnold Ventures and the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative that will assess the implementation of new progressive prosecution policies put in place by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. 
  • Aunshul Rege was recently awarded an NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace EDU grant aimed at educating STEM students and teachers about the relevance of social engineering in cyberattacks and cybersecurity.
  • Under a newly awarded National Institute of Justice grant, Caterina Roman will be collaborating with John Roman of NORC at the University of Chicago to develop new methods to cost violent crime victimization. Their novel project will couple integrated administrative data with a representative household survey in multiple cities to redefine key constructs in victim financial modeling. 
  • Caterina Roman also received grant funding from the Fund for a Safer Future to expand her evaluation research on gun violence reduction strategies, with a particular focus on outcomes related to Cure Violence and focused deterrence.
  • Jamie Fader’s longitudinal case study highlighting the collateral consequences associated with sex offending was published in a new edited volume on prisoner reentry.
  • Aunshul Rege recently published a series of papers with graduate students Katorah Williams, Alyssa Mendlein, Trinh Nguyen, and Rachel Bleiman on cybersecurity awareness and student training. They can be found in various Conference Proceedings, including IEEE Frontiers in Education, IEEE Cyber Science Conference, and IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference. 
  • In a recent paper, Rely Vilcica’s examines the role of mental health risk factors in correctional assessment instruments https://icpa.org/advancing-corrections-journal-edition-9/ 
  • Wayne Welsh published a series of papers examining the characteristics of successful partnerships initiatives in the criminal justice system. Two recent articles are based on his work on the NIDA-funded JJ-TRIALS (Juvenile Justice: Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System) with Steve Belenko (PI). See https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-020-01066-7  and http://npjs.org/jajjs/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/JJ-Trials-Robertson-KD-1.pdf  
  • Wayne Welsh also worked closely with his graduate students during last Spring’s class on prisoner reentry to expand or nurture new research-practitioner partnerships with local reentry providers to help expand the organizations’ capacity to use data and evidence-based practices. Community agencies included Friends Rehabilitation Program; H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Evolve, Inc.); Looking Forward – Philadelphia; and Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV) – Safe Return.