Coming Events and News

Michael TonryFebruary 11, 2014: Professor Michael Tonry, McKnight Presidential Professor in Criminal Law and Policy at the University of Minnesota, will be giving two talks in Bloomington.  One of the nation’s most distinguished scholars of criminal justice policy, he is the author or editor of numerous books, including Malign Neglect: Race, Crime, and Punishment in America; Thinking about Crime: Sense and Sensibility in American Penal Culture; and Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma.

On February 17th, Professor Tonry will give a public lecture, titled, “Causes and Cures of Racial Disparities in Sentencing and Imprisonment,” at noon in the Moot Court Room of the IU Maurer School of Law.  This talk is sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice, Skip Elliott Youth Fund, Center for Research on Race & Ethnicity in Society, and IU Maurer School of Law, and is open to the public. 

Professor Tonry will also give a brown bag talk on February 18th in the Department of Criminal Justice, Sycamore Hall, room 312, at noon. The title of his talk is “Are Crime Rates Falling in All Western Countries and, If So, Why?”  Faculty and graduate students are welcome.

Richard LippkeOctober 11, 2013: The Department of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce that Richard Lippke has been appointed as Full Professor.  Dr. Lippke is a moral and political philosopher who has achieved an international reputation as a leading philosopher of criminal law.  His scholarship has been influential in part because of his commitment to applied moral and political philosophy.  He has pursued these interests in a body of scholarship that probes the normative issues involved in sentencing and punishment, most notably two major books:  Rethinking Imprisonment (Oxford University Press, 2007) and The Ethics of Plea Bargaining (Oxford University Press, 2011).  Dr. Lippke has already assumed his new responsibilities as a CJUS faculty member.

Mary Lee LuskinSeptember, 2013: Our first brown bag talk, by Lee Luskin, is scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd from 12:00-1:00 in Sycamore 312. The title of her talk is "Predicting Selection into Mental Health Court."

Abstract: From the first appearance of mental health courts (MHCs), scholars have been concerned about which defendants are selected for MHC as opposed to regular court processing. Who and how defendants are selected is central to issues of fairness and efficacy and to whether successful programs can be replicated. Despite these concerns, only recently has empirical research started to examine MHC selection, revealing a multi-stage process, with multiple decision-makers, and multiple variables (Wolff, Fabrikant, & Belenko, 2010). Using classification and regression tree analyses (CART) we examine data from one of the MacArthur MHC study sites to explore which variables, from decision-makers' self-reports, predict selection into MHC. The analysis includes legal and diagnostic variables, drug and alcohol involvement, treatment history, and measures of treatability, motivation to change, violence risk, and symptom severity. The results offer support for some, but not all of the variables identified through interviews with decision-makers. In general, we find that the MHC is more likely to accept defendants who have not had a warrant issued for their arrest, who have diagnoses other than depression, and who were not using illegal drugs around the time of their admission. Severity of symptoms also predicts MHC admission, with the effect contingent on defendants'
statuses on other variables.

Beau ShineSeptember, 2013: The Department of Criminal Justice welcomes Beau Shine M. S., A.B.D., who will be a visiting instructor this academic year.  Mr. Shine comes to us from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he is a PhD candidate.  His areas of research interest are corrections, juvenile justice, drugs and crime, criminal justice, criminology, and special populations.  His dissertation focuses on deaf offenders in the criminal justice system.