Faculty Spotlight

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The International Criminal Court: A Pipe Dream to End Impunity?

by  Victoria Collins & Dawn Rothe

ABSTRACT:  The prospects of the emerging international criminal justice system, namely the International Criminal Court, serving as a catalyst to end impunity of those most responsible for crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and massive violations of human rights, remains bleak given four underlying factors:  the ideology of deterrence that undergrirds the system, jurisdictional limitations, the backlash of its involvement in and issuance of arrest warrants during highly contentious conflicts.  This article offers some insight into these issues and the obstacles they present to the success of the International Criminal Court in ending impubity and future cases of such criminality.  We begin by discussing the International Criminal Court followed by the ideology of deterrence and issues associated with the Court's jurisdiction.  We then draw on two case examples, namely Uganda and Columbia, to discuss the challenges to involvement in ongoing conflicts and post-conflict situations.

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Social Control in a Sexually Deviant Cybercommunity: A Cappers' Code of Conduct. Deviant

by Joshua W. Roberts and Scott A. Hunt. 2012.  As Published in Deviant Behavior 33: 10, pages 757-773

This study examines a cyber community dedicated to recording live webcam feeds that are sexually charged. Those who record these feeds are known as ‘‘cappers.’’ Cappers post these ‘‘caps’’ on message boards designed to disseminate, share, and evaluate their aesthetic qualities. Following the insights of Durkin, Forsyth, Quinn, and others, this article identifies and elaborates the means of social control that promotes deviant ends among a capping community by extending Anderson’s‘‘code of the street.’’ The capping code’s basic rules, strategies, tactics, and motives are analyzed in relation to reputation. The article concludes with considerations for future research.

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Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical, and Legal Perspective

by Preston Elrod and Scott Ryder

The juvenile justice system is a multifaceted entity that continually changes under the influence of decisions, policies, and laws. Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical, and Legal Perspective, Fourth Edition is the most comprehensive reference on the juvenile justice system available. Reader-friendly but thorough, the text contains the most up-to-date research on juvenile justice operations and their effectiveness and is authored by two experts in the field. It presents contemporary topics in juvenile justice and situates them within a historical and theoretica...

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‘This is your face on meth’: The punitive spectacle of ‘white trash’ in the rural war on drugs

by Tyler Wall and Travis Linnemann

This article engages the dynamic role of the crime image and more specifically the mug shot, in a contemporary anti-methamphetamine media campaign known as ‘Faces of Meth’. Understood here as a pedagogical policing program, Faces of Meth attempts to deter methamphetamine use through graphic ‘before meth’ and ‘after meth’ images of the faces of white meth users. Our objective...

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Handbook on Policing in Central and Eastern Europe

Policing in Central and Eastern Europe has changed greatly since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some Central and  Eastern European countries are constituent members of the European Union, while others have been trying to harmonize with the EU and international requirements for a more democratic policing and developments in accordance with Western European and international policing standards, especially in regard to issues of legality and legitimacy.

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Congratulations Dr. Brisman on a Major New Publication in Green Criminology

Academic and general interest in environmental crimes, harms, and threats, as well as in environmental legislation and regulation, has grown sharply in recent years. TheRoutledge International Handbook of Green Criminology is the most in-depth and comprehensive volume on these issues to date.

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Vic Kappeler

Victor Kappeler, Associate Dean, PH.D.

Dr. Victor Kappeler, Associate Dean, will receive, at this year’s American Society of Criminology meeting, the Division of Critical Criminology’s highest honor – The Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award honors an individual's sustained ...

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Tom Barker Publishes 15th Book: North American Gangs

North American Criminal Gangs: Street, Prison, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Drug Trafficking Organizations.  This volume is the first devoted exclusively to North American adult criminal gangs and how these gangs often cooperate in criminal pursuits with one another within and across national borders. North American Criminal Gangs demonstrates that adult criminal gangs are more than a United States problem; they are an international problem requiring...

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Dr. Betsy Matthews

Betsy Matthews, PH.D

Dr. Betsy Matthews, associate professor in Criminal Justice and Police Studies, has been named to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Kristie Blevins, PH. D.

Associate Professor Kristie Blevins joined the faculty in 2011.  She teaches courses in research methods, applied criminal justice analysis, and corrections.  Currently, Dr. Blevins is involved with in three primary research projects.  One study is an examination of target selection techniques...

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Judah Schept, PH. D.

Broadly speaking, my work examines some of the contours of mass incarceration in the United States. I am interested in the structural processes that have given rise to and sustain the largest system of incarceration in the world. As an ethnographer, I am drawn to the everyday and embodied ways in which communities both...

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