WSJ Op-Ed: Solitary Confinement Curbs Prison Gang Violence But Potential for Harmful Consequences Calls for Alternate Strategies

March 22, 2019 by
Four percent of inmates in U.S. state and federal prisons live in solitary confinement, “physically and socially isolated for 23 hours a day in a cell smaller than a parking space,” writes Meghan Mitchell, assistant professor of criminal justice at UCF, and David Pyrooz, assistant professor of sociology at University of Colorado Boulder, in an […]

UCF’s Online Undergraduate Programs Recognized Among the Best in the Nation

January 15, 2019 by
The University of Central Florida’s online undergraduate programs are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs List ranked UCF No. 14 in the United States. It is the university’s all-time highest ranking in this category, moving up two spots from its 2018 placing. UCF […]

Criminal Justice, Psychology Undergrad Researches Suicide Risk in Jails

January 5, 2019 by
Inmates in the nation’s jails commit three times more suicides than in prisons. Undergraduate Megan Small researched what might cause this dramatic difference and found results that could influence the way we think about jail suicide and suicide risk. Megan Small, who is pursuing undergraduate degrees in both criminal justice and psychology, presented “Towards a […]

American Society of Criminology Division of Policing Honors Professor

November 18, 2018 by
Congratulations to our college’s Gene Paoline, professor of criminal justice, on his Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology Division of Policing. He is also the incoming chair of the division and Jacinta Gau, associate professor criminal justice, will serve as co-chair. The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in […]

Many People Who Are Stalked Never Tell Anyone

October 4, 2018 by
According to survey data from more than 2,100 adults, one-quarter of Americans who have been stalked never told anyone about it.  The finding comes from a study about stalking published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology in July 2018. The study sheds light on the fact that many who experience stalking never report it; highlighting a parallel with the […]

UCF Alumnus Directs Lockheed Martin’s Relief Efforts for Hurricane Maria

September 20, 2018 by
Forty horses. Sixteen cars. One commercial airplane. What do these things all have in common? They each weigh roughly 80,000 pounds, the amount of relief supplies Lockheed Martin’s crisis-management lead Ron Hawks ’12 helped a team to collect, organize and deliver to Puerto Rico last year after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria. One year ago on Sept. […]

Fighting the Dark Hearts: UCF Faculty, Alumni Combat Human Trafficking

January 23, 2018 by
Although the term “human trafficking” is relatively new, the phenomena it comprises – sex trafficking, forced labor and debt bondage – have been around for nearly as long as civilization itself. Hugh Potter, UCF criminal justice professor and one of the co-authors of Human Trafficking: A Systemwide Public Safety and Community Approach, grew up in Florida working […]