Volume 5, Issue 1 Fall 2005
UF DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINOLOGY, LAW,
American Society of Criminology, eh!
Toronto, Canada, will be the set- pers. Alpert on "A Spatial and Contex-
ting for this year's annual meet- tual Analysis of Racial Profiling:
ing of the American Society of Lonn LanzaKaduce, Jodi A Theoretical Investigation into
Criminology (Nov. 16th-19th). Lane Ronald Akers Beth Racial Profiling at the Local
The city's average high tempera- Parker, and Level." Finally, he is teaming with
ture in November is 46 degrees. Erin Lane are presenting, Dan Dexheimer on "Racial
So be sure to pack your winter "Evaluating the Florida Faith and Threat As an Explanation for
coat for the trek up to the Great Community Based Delinquency Disparity in Post-arrest Incar-
White North! Treatment Initiative: Year 1. ceration Outcomes."
A number of faculty members Jodi will also present with James
and graduate students are pre- Meeker on, The Combined Im-
senting at the conference. A full pact of Theoretical Models on
list of participants can be found Perceived Risk and Fear of Gang
on the ASC website at: Crime Among Women and Men."
http:// Rachel Taylor is presenting her
convention2.allacademic.com/ thesis entitled, "American Public
asc04/asc_2005_program.pdf Opinion on the Iraqi Prisoner
Among the UF participants,
Stephanie Uays and Karen Brian Stults will be busy pre-
Parker are presenting, senting three articles. He is co-
"Correlates of Violent and Prop- author with Eric Baumeron on,
erty Crime Patterns, 1990-2000: "Racial Context, Levels of Vio-
Accounting for Time and Place." ence, and White Racial Atti-
Karen is also teaming with Erin He is ao p g wh
Lane on two racial profiling pa- He is also presenting with Karen
Parker, Erin Lane and Geoffrey
Inside this issue:
Publication Page 2
Faculty Spotlight 3
New Graduate Students 3
Gover Awarded NIJ Grant 4
Faculty News 4
Akers, Piquero Named "Innovators" 5
Other Departmental News 6
Jodi Lane has three upcoming publications to look forward to. The first, "Implementing 'Corrections of Place'
Ideas: The Perspectives of Clients and Staff," was co-written by Susan Turner, Terry Fain and Amber Sehgal, and
will be published in Criminal Justice and Behavior. Jodi teams with James Meeker on "Theories and Fear of Gang
Crime among Whites and Latinos: A Replication and Extension of Prior Research," which will be published in the
Journal of Criminal Justice. Finally, Jodi goes solo with "Exploring Fear of General and Gang Crimes among Ju-
veniles on Probation: The Impacts of Delinquent Behaviors," which can be found in Youth Violence and Juvenile
In February, Harvard University Press will release Jeffrey Adler's First in Violence, Deepest in Dirt: Homicide in
In October, the Ohio State University Press will be publishing the book Prison Work, a memoir of a California cor-
rectional officer co-edited by Joseph Spillane and John Burnham.
Ronald Akers had "Sociological Theory and Practice: The Case of Criminology," published in Journal of Applied
Sociologq/Sociological Practice. He also teamed with Christine Sellers on "Social Learning Theory: Correcting
Misconceptions," in Stuart Henry and Mark M. Lanier, eds., The Essential Criminoloqy Reader.
Karen Parker, Brian Stults and Steve Rice's article, "Racial Threat, Concentrated Disadvantage and Social
Control: Considering the Macro-Level Sources of Variation in Arrests," will be published in the November edition
Karen also teamed with Scott Maggard on the Crime and Delinquency article, "Structural Theories and Race-
Specific Drug Arrests: What Structural Factors Account for the Rise in Race-specific Drug Arrests Over Time."
Paul Magnarella recently published two articles. The first, "Protecting Indigenous Peoples," appears in Human
Rights and Human Welfare. The second, "The Background and Causes of the Genocide in Rwanda," appears in a
special issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice devoted to Rwanda and is edited by Antonio
Cassese, the first president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and a member of the
Appellate Chamber of both the Yugoslavian and Rwandan Criminal Tribunals.
Alex Piquero has articles forthcoming in: Criminology & Public Policy, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of
Research in Crime & Delinquency, and Journal of Criminal Justice.
Eve Brank and Stephanie Hays had their article, "Parental Responsibility Statutes: An Organization and Policy
Implications," published in the Journal of Law and Family Studies. They, along with a colleague from Nebraska,
also had, "Global and Specific Attitudes Toward Parental Responsibility" accepted by the Journal of Applied So-
cial Psycholoqy. Eve also had a paper with Mark Fondacaro (and some psychology students) accepted. It is
entitled, "Identity Orientation, Voice, and Judgments of Procedural Justice During Late Adolescence," and will be
in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
New Faculty Profile: Lora Levett
Dr. Levett graduated from Florida Inter- comprehend complex scientific testi-
national University in August, 2005 money and was funded by a National
with a Ph.D. in Legal Psychology and a Science Foundation Dissertation Im-
minor in Social Psychology. She com- provement Grant.
pleted her dissertation while teaching
at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Other research interests include eye-
(part of the City University of New York witness testimony, jury selection
system) and Barnard College, Colum- (especially pertaining to juvenile waiver
bia University. cases), juvenile justice, and sexual
Her major area of research is juror and
jury decision making. Her dissertation
research explored mechanisms de-
signed to improve jurors' abilities to
Department Welcomes a New Batch of Grad Students
The Department recently welcomed its new graduate student cohort. The new students, their alma mater, and
degree-seeking statuses are:
Amanda Adams, Emory, M.A. Ian Seth Denison, UF, M.A.
Tina Kelchner, UCF, Ph.D. Bryan L. Miller, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Ph.D.
Brian O'Connell, Castleton State College, Ph.D. MiRang Park, MSU, Ph.D.
Jessica Perry, Ohio University, M.A. Dagmar Pudrzynska, UF, M.A.
Saskia D. Santos, UF, M.A. Carrie Lynn Schrage, Valdosta State, Ph.D.
Jeffrey T. Ward, New Brunswick State, M.A. Tasha Youstin, FAU, M.A.
Yang Liu Zhong Nan Univ. of Econ and Law, M.A. Billy Holcombe, UF, M.A.
April Nicewonger, UF, Ph.D. Suchat Wongsinnak, UF, Ph.D.
Erica Knutsen, UF, B.A./M.A.
Angela Gover Awarded Grant from NIJ
In January 2005 Angela Gover was awarded a The new NIJ study examines the effects of inten-
$450,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice. sive no-contact order enforcement on both of-
The three-year project, "The Impact of Proactive En- fender and victim outcomes. Approximately 800
forcement of No-Contact Orders (NCOs) on Victim NCO cases will be randomly assigned either to
Safety and Repeat Victimization," is being conducted the current level of NCO enforcement (the control
with colleagues Robert Brame, Katie Kaukinen, and condition) orto systematic, intensive enforce-
Pamela Lattimore at the University of South Carolina. ment (the treatment condition). Official data will
be collected and interviews will be conducted
In 2003, Gover, MacDonald, and Alpert reported that with a random sample of 300 victims at two
processing domestic violence offenders in a special- points in time to measure victimization experi-
ized criminal domestic violence in Lexington County fences and NCO compliance levels six weeks and
South Carolina court significantly reduced re-arrests by six months subsequent to the initiation of the
40% compared to a historical control group of offend- NCO. The interview data will be used to assess
ers processed in traditional court. Although a reduction the impact of intensive enforcement of NCOs on
in recidivism was found, the process evaluation indi- both offender and victim outcomes. The offender
cated that victim safety was a serious problem during outcomes for the study include official records
the period between an offender's initial appearance in and victim reports of offender compliance with
bond court and trial. At arraignment during bond court, the NCO and offender recidivism. The victim
approximately 90% of defendants arrested for criminal outcomes include perceptions of the effective-
domestic violence are placed on NCOs. Offenders ness of the NCO, victim safety, and victim physi-
violate their NCOs if they attempt to contact victims by cal and mental-well being. Overall, the project
telephone or in person. Although the use of NCOs to l adde gaps in the cen knowledge base
disrupt the cycle of violence between bond hearings by providing important findings on the prevalence
and judicial proceedings is widespread, the level of of violation of NCOs and the impact of a proac-
compliance with these orders is not well understood tive enforcement intervention on offender and
nor is it known whether intensive enforcement of victim outcomes.
NCOs reduces harm to victims, is ineffective, or is
Alex Piquero has recently completed an NIJ-funded project on domestic violence escalation/specialization, and
just started a project that is examining the willingness to pay for punishment/rehabilitation in Pennsylvania.
Karen Parker was elected as a member of the Crime, Law and Deviance Council, American Sociological Associa-
tion for a three year term (2006-2008).
Paul Magnarella took part in the "2005 Teaching Nuclear Weapons Nonproliferation Summer Institute" held at
Washington and Lee University. His participation was funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S.
Institute of Peace.
Brian Stults was awarded $5000 for his consulting work on an NSF grant for John Logan at Brown University.
Eve Brank was interviewed on the local NPR station and quoted in the Orlando Sentinel about her parental re-
Akers, Piquero Named UF "Innovators"
In the August edition of Gainesville Magazine, Ronald
Akers and Alex Piquero were highlighted as two of
University of Florida's "innovators" who are making a
difference in the community. Below is an except of the
UF's DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINOLOGY
Writing and rewriting the book on criminology.
The department is tied for 11th place in U.S. News and
World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools
2006." For a department that's only been around for
less than a decade, that's not too shabby. Department
chairman Lonn Lanza-Kaduce credits much of the
department's success to its "interdisciplinary nature" as
well as to the professors within, especially Ron Akers
and Alex Piquero.
RON AKERS, 66, is the "senior statesman" of criminol-
ogy. He is the author of one of the primary theories of
crime, the social learning theory. "The basic idea is
that criminal and deviant behavior are learned by the
same processes as are conforming behavior," explains
Akers, former president of the American Society of
Criminology and of the Southern Sociological Society.
"You don't have to assume pathology or genetic defect
as a factor in whether one will commit a devi-
ant/criminal or conforming behavior." Rehabilitative
programs today emphasize "social skills, pro-social
behavior and attitudes" due largely to his recommen-
dations. Piquero says Akers is one of the top 10 crimi-
nologists in the world, adding, "Ron is to criminology
as the Beatles were to songwriting."
ALEX PIQUERO, 35, is the up-and-comer. The British
Home Office (the equivalent of our Justice Depart-
ment) invited Piquero to present to key members of the
Blair government on criminal recidivism and on the
financial and social implications of incarceration poli-
cies. UF's 2004 Teacher of the Year, Piquero has
worked with the criminology department at his alma
mater, the University of Maryland (the top-ranked pro-
gram in the country), to study the deterrent effects of
anti-terrorism measures in airport security. Along with
a peer at UC Berkeley, Piquero is also conducting a
massive study on the recidivism patterns of sex offend-
ers, using residents of Philadelphia.
Full text of the "Innovators" article can be found at
Piquero also highlighted on UF
Aside from the Gainesville Magazine article, Alex
Piquero is currently one of the professors "spotlighted"
on the University of Florida homepage. For more infor-
mation, please go to www.ufl.edu or www.ufl.edu/
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teaching students with a wide range of interests and
conducting research on crime, delinquency, law, and
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Other Department News......
Steve Rice has accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at
Seton Hall University.
Scott Burns is teaching as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University this fall. He is also in pre-
production for the film "D.C. Kings" (as director and co-producer), a documentary film shot in cinema
veritae style about women who work part time as drag "kings".
Dave Khey passed final exams for his master's of science degree in Pharmacy, with a concentration in
Forensic Drug Analysis. Commencement will be held in December.
Matt Nobles and Stephanie Hays attended the Eighth Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference,
which was held September 7th-10th in Savannah, Georgia. They are also attending the Bureau of Justice
Statistics/Justice Research and Statistics Association Conference, which will be held October 27th-28th in
St. Petersburg, Florida.