Nov. 21, 2017
Three students in the master of science in criminology program at Saint Vincent College presented research from their graduate studies at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 16. Their participation was made possible by a graduate student travel grant from the Koch Foundation.
The conference, attended by more than 3,000 criminologists and practitioners, aimed to foster the exchange of scholarly, scientific and professional knowledge about crime and delinquency.
Kelli Hardin of Jeannette examined faculty members’ perceptions of their preparedness for an active shooting event. Julie Marcinik of Latrobe offered early findings about burnout among counselors in a juvenile corrections setting and Christopher Jodis of Latrobe presented his plans to couple drug rehabilitation with exercise. Dr. Sarah Daly, assistant professor of criminology at Saint Vincent, said the opportunity to present at such a prestigious gathering is unique for master’s students. “Our students were with some of the top researchers and analysts in the country,” Daly said, “and their presentations gave credit to the work they have been doing in our program.”
The students had the opportunity to discuss their findings with scholars from across the country and around the world and attended panels on varying groundbreaking themes and subjects in modern criminology including mass incarceration, race and policing and technological innovations in criminal justice. The students also attended the inaugural meeting of ASC’s new Division of Biopsychosocial Criminology founded by Dr. Adrian Raine.
While there, the students also visited the Camden, New Jersey, County Police Department Headquarters and did a ride-along through the city with Lieutenant Zsakhiem James, Officer Tyrrell Bagby and Public Information Officer Mike Daniels who explained the technology their department uses in conjunction with community-oriented policing strategies. Recognized nationally by The New York Times, former president Barack Obama and others for their strides in restoring relations between the community and the police, the Camden County Police Department has been actively working to overcome years of mistrust through public service, evidence-based practices and interaction with Camden citizens.
During unscheduled time, the students used the opportunity to examine criminal justice history at Eastern State Penitentiary, one of the oldest, most famous prisons in the United States.
The master of science program in criminology is in its inaugural term at Saint Vincent.
Photo A: SVC graduate criminology students Kelli Hardin, Julie Marcinik and Christopher Jodis attended the American Society of Criminology Conference in Philadelphia.
Photo B: Dr. Sarah Daly, Lieutenant Zsakhiem James, Kelli Hardin, Julie Marcinik, Christopher Jodis and Officer Tyrrell Bagby.
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