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Criminology Department News: November 2009

Lewis Publishes Book on “Zero-Tolerance Juvenile Alcohol Law”

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Dr. John A. Lewis, professor of Criminology, published the book A Zero-Tolerance Juvenile Alcohol Law: Why Legislation Won't Work.

Currently, there is a dilemma about how to handle alcohol-related issues involving juvenile offenders and drunk driving. Some argue for additional alcohol laws to restrict use and more severe penalties for extant laws. Others call for an ease in alcohol policies, including a lower drinking age and state-mandated regulation of alcohol use without federal interference. Lewis examines these approaches and argues that retribution and incarceration have little chance of success and will only add to the problem through higher incarceration rates, the threat of more severe offending, and the implementation of additional policies that will cause net widening.

Merlo Presents on “Balancing Vengeance and Mercy”

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Dr. Alida Merlo, professor of Criminology, and Dr. P. J. Benekos recently presented “Balancing Vengeance and Mercy: Youth Policies in the United States” at the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology Meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The IUP Department of Criminology offers students seeking careers in Criminology a broad liberal arts education that encourages them to think critically about crime and justice issues and also prepares them for careers in the criminal justice system.

Kim and Merlo Present at Asian Association of Police Studies in Taiwan

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Dr. Bitna Kim and Dr. Alida Merlo, professors of Criminology, recently presented Policing in Korea: Why Women Choose Law Enforcement Careers, at the Asian Association of Police Studies, Taipei, Taiwan.

Gido Presents on “Prison Industrial Complex” at People’s G20 Summit

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Dr. Rosemary Gido, professor of Criminology, recently presented a paper, Prison Industrial Complex in Northern Appalachia, at the IUP People’s G20 Summit: A symposium on Globalization and its impact on Northern Appalachia.

McCauley Recognized Before Supreme Court of British Columbia

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Dr. R. Paul McCauley, professor of Criminology, was recently recognized and accepted as an expert before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada.

His testimony was given in the Matter of the Estate of Majencio Camaso, Decendent, et al. vs. Derek Charles Egan, et. al.

Alpha Phi Sigma Donates Food to ICCAP

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Alpha Phi Sigma recently held a food drive for the Indiana County Community Action Program (ICCAP). Over one thousand items were donated from Giant Eagle customers and Wilson Hall students and faculty members.

Eight hundred pounds of food, drinks, and toiletry items were donated to ICCAP along with $230.

Alpha Phi Sigma

At left are Kendra Bowen, president and James Bowers, vice president

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