Alpha Phi Sigma Honors Society reactivated
Alpha Phi Sigma is the national honor society for criminology and criminal justice students, and the FSU Chapter, Alpha Xi, has recently been reactivated. The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to “promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and life-long learning…[and] to elevate the ethical standards of criminal justice professionals” with the purpose of promoting academic excellence and developing leadership skills in students while serving the community. To join, students must be a criminology and criminal justice major or minor (4 courses completed), with an overall FSU GPA of 3.2 and a major/minor GPA of 3.2. For more information, contact Yolday Diaz, Alpha Phi Sigma president, email@example.com.
Electronic monitoring possible alternative to prison
Increasing growth in the U.S. prison population over the past three decades has been unprecedented in the country's history, resulting in 2.4 million offenders in jails and prisons in 2007. The cost to taxpayers for adult and juvenile corrections in 2009 will reach approximately $50.3 billion, more than triple the 1986 cost of $15.6 billion. Consequently, lawmakers and policymakers are seeking alternative means of controlling offenders without jeopardizing public safety. One promising approach to reducing correctional costs is diverting offenders from prison through the use of some type of community supervision with the use of electronic monitoring (EM). Although EM has been around for more than 20 years, the latest technology uses GPS, allowing probation officers to constantly track offenders using satellites. The technology costs 20% less than prison, and the offender pays for some or all of his or her EM supervision.
Associate Professor Bill Bales, Dean Tom Blomberg, and Research Center Director Karen Mann are currently evaluating the use of electronic monitoring. Their study, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, will determine if EM is an effective control mechanism, how EM affects offenders and law enforcement officers, and whether it is a cost effective correctional strategy. During a recent interview, Bales discussed the current study. Read more »
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Dean Blomberg testifies to U.S. legislative subcommittees
Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology Tom Blomberg recently provided expert testimony to the U.S House of Representatives Joint Hearing of the Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee and the Crime Subcommittee on Lost Educational Opportunities for Kids in Juvenile and Other Non-Traditional Settings. Blomberg was asked to testify because of his long history of research in juvenile justice education facilities in Florida and across the country. He testified that there is a huge opportunity for policies to be created that support effective and accountable education for incarcerated and at-risk youth that will result in tremendous cost savings to the public and will enable the rescue of troubled youth.
Criminology professors ranked among best in country for level of grants
In this era of increased accountability and tightened budgets within higher education, it is essential that programs and colleges demonstrate their quality and success. One indicator of the quality and success of a program or college is its faculty and their research, which can be measured through grant dollars received. In a recent study, “Rainmakers: The Most Successful Criminal Justice Scholars and Departments in Research Grant Acquisition” (Mustaine, Tewksbury, 2009) in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, three faculty from the FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice were ranked among the top ten for being awarded grant funding.
The study looked at criminology and criminal justice faculty across the country and the amount and type of grants they received, focusing specifically on the dollar amount, number of grants, and type of grants. Among 147 faculty who received a minimum of $250,000 in grant funding and were the principal/co-principal investigator during 1997-2007, Criminology and Criminal Justice Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology Tom Blomberg ranked in the top 10 scholars with the highest dollar amount of grants, with his individual grants totaling $20, 331, 000. In the highest dollar amount in grant funding received at the state agency level, Blomberg heads the list and is joined by Professors Gordon Waldo and Dan Maier Katkin. Blomberg is also at the top of the list in the highest dollar amount in local grants received. Read more »
Newly elected student body president and Criminology major Rob Jakubik offers advice: make a plan, be inquisitive, get involved, work hard.
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