Fall, 2003 - Spring, 2004
On the world wide web at http://www.sonoma.edu/cja/dept/jnotesf03.html
Welcome to the Fall 2003 semester in Criminal Justice at Sonoma State University.
What is up with the Department of Criminal Justice Administration? Plenty. We are two hundred majors strong with four full-time and numerous adjunct faculty and an efficient and supportive office staff. We have many more students living on campus as new residence halls have opened, which has changed the ebb and flow of everyday life and given rise to a growing and welcome student life.
We have been doing our newsletter for years and have enjoyed relaying what has been happening, what our alumni are doing, and the state of society. This semester we are at it again. We are also writing because things in California and SSU have really changed. The budget situation is bad--it's downright nasty--and we could use your help. But that can wait until later
The CJA Department has undergone some big changes in the past year. We now have a new faculty member, Professor Craig N. Winston, who comes to us from St. Ambrose University. His teaching interests are in civil liberties, criminological theory, and policing. He has also taught special topics such as serial killers, crime prevention, and women in the criminal justice system.
His research interests include community policing, domestic violence, and life-course theory.
He has served as a facilitator for a batterers' education program and a guest speaker in community policing, serial killers, and legal issues related to battered women. His research has been published in Police Quarterly and the Journal of Crime and Justice.
Professor Winston received his M.S. from the University of North Florida, a J.D. from the University of Akron, and is now completing the requirements for a Ph.D. in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati.
Feel free to come by an introduce yourself and get to know him. His office hours, along with those of other faculty, are on the web at http://www.sonoma.edu/cja/netmain.html.
Faculty are available for Spring 2004 Registration during their office hours or any posted extended hours. Drop in and see any full-time faculty member for advisement.
See the Department Chair for information regarding internships.
For registration information for the Spring 2004 semester, such as when you register and much other information, go to the Admissions and Records website at http://www.sonoma.edu/ar/index.shtml
To find answers to other questions, such as how you can have a career in forensics, visit the frequently asked questions page.
There have been a few changes in the office this year. Bev Krystosek has reduced to half-time and has increased her school time to complete Masters in Counseling.
Lisa Kelley-Roche has been hired as the other half of the Administrative Coordinator position. Lisa was working in the Credentials Office on campus before joining us in CJA and Sociology. Welcome, Lisa!!!
Kate Sims is also working with us as an Office Assistant through December and Andrea Blake is working as our student assistant. Andrea will be with us until she graduates in May.
The staff would like you to know that you come first and are always welcome in the CJA office. Students are our first priority. Don't hesitate to come to us for assistance, especially during registration periods and during the first weeks of class as you are trying to organize your class schedules.
Where have all of our students gone? Recently we heard from or about a few students.
Join CJA friends and alumni through CJA-Alums,
our department's listserv! After joining you can post and receive messages
from the Department and the list. It's easy to subscribe and just as easy
to unsubscribe. Go to http://www.sonoma.edu/cja/cjalistserv.html
and sign up.
Perhaps you received our recent letter to alumni and request for help. If not, read it at this link.
The CJA Department gives its hearty congratulations to Dr. Barbara Bloom! She is one of the recipients of the University of Cincinnati Award presented by the American Probation and Parole Association for outstanding contribution to the field of corrections in the United States and Canada. The award was given for a report she co-authored entitled, "Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders" which is available on the National Institute of Corrections website at www.nicic.org. Besides winning a prestigious award Dr. Bloom has also published an edited volume, Gendered Justice: Addressing Female Offenders, which was published by Carolina Academic Press. Way to go, Barbara!
Other news is that Department Professor Diana Grant just co-edited a book on hate crime, Crimes of Hate: Selected Readings. She also published an article on the topic of extremist hate groups in the online journal, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Mike Hooper also co-authored a book this year, Introduction to American Policing, through Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. In summer of '03 Pat Jackson completed a study of a positive parenting program for young men; he is also working on a study of the nature and extent of citizen homicides in the presence of police, the history of the movement toward digitalization of publication and the open access movement. He will be working on these and other projects during his sabbatical this spring.
CJA is proud of its faculty!
The CJA Department provides a core curriculum for students to obtain a B.A. degree in criminal justice administration. Its four permanent and numerous adjunct faculty bring together a wide range of experience in theory and practice relating to such diverse areas as law, policing, the courts, and corrections, intensive survey courses in criminology, juvenile justice and methods, as well as more specialized courses on violence and terrorism, women and crime, police and the community, white collar crime, and others. In addition, the department is involved in community agencies, professional associations, scholarly academic societies and government agencies concerned with policy and practice. The department seeks to keep in touch with alumni and friends of the department because they add considerably to our ongoing attempts to provide the highest quality education possible to our students.
The CJA Department hosts the very popular web site of the Western Society of Criminology (WSC), a major regional organization devoted to the study of crime, criminology and criminal justice. The WSC web site contains a WSC Student page, the annual call for papers, roundtables and poster sessions, information about the WSC, the history of awardees, the WSC newsletter, and other information. The next Western Society of Criminology meeting is in Long Beach on February 20-21, 2004, with the theme of "Criminology and Practice: Expanding the Horizon of Collaboration." Students can enter papers in the student paper competition and can apply for travel money to go to the meetings. CJA students have attended WSC meetings over the past four years. Students are welcome to get involved in the WSC.
While we're on the subject of academic meetings, students may also enjoy the Pacific Sociological Association Meetings, which will be held in San Francisco in April of 2004. PSA is widely attended by students and there are many sessions of interest to CJA majors and friends. Later this year the American Sociological Association and Society for the Study of Social Problems meetings will be in San Francisco as well. Finally, the annual meeting of the Academy for Criminal Justice Science Meetings will be held March 9th to March 13th, 2004 at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. ACJS is an international organization which fosters research and other scholarly activities in criminal justice. The annual meeting is an excellent opportunity for academicians, practitioners, and students to learn about new developments and research in the field, interact with professionals from around the world, and obtain information about criminal justice education. For further information concerning the conference go to the organization's web site, www.acjs.org or check with one of the CJA faculty.
The CJA Department and Sonoma State University, through the Schultz Information Center, are also hosts to the Western Criminology Review, the scholarly journal of the WSC. In January of this year the WCR changed editors from Professor Jackson to two new co-editors at CSU San Bernardino, ensuring the continued success of the journal. The journal is actually "housed" on the SSU Schultz Information Center's web server and Paula Hammett is the Library faculty member who supports the journal in many ways. The latest issue of the WCR concerns many issues of interest to students. The journal is freely available to the world.
In addition, the CJA Department hosts
Redwood Highway: Crime, Law and Related Links,
a megasite of annotated web links related to crime, criminology,
corrections, law and social control. Most of the major web sites in
the english speaking can be located through the Redwood Highway. This
web site also now includes a search engine for the Redwood Highway
and the SSU server.
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The department is now considering the possibility of a 25th anniversary celebration of the department'a creation. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in planning. We would like to find interested former students who graduated during different decades of our history, who had faculty whose names they may remember: Homero Yearwood, Ken Marcus, Martin Forst, Jim Driscoll, and numerous others.
Want to read a free electronic book or wondering what is out there on crime (or other subject)? Check out an e-book at the SSU library (for current students or alumni with library cards). It's a way to (literally and figuratively) check out a book or read it online in its entirety. Simply go to http://libweb.sonoma.edu/search/ebook.html. There are about 1700 books; there is a relatively small but growing number of books on crime. Here are just a few:
Some SSU web pages related to career services that may be of interest to current and former CJA students are located at http://www.sonoma.edu/sas/crc/internadvisors.shtml.
On the left hand side of the web page above is a list of worthy links to check out (see below). You can learn how to write a resume and find a job, sometimes using a service you've paid for from fees or tuition. Some are probably there for a fee but you may be surprised by what you find.
Further links found at http://www.sonoma.edu/sas/crc/internadvisors.shtml:
Student Services, Employer
Club Services, Career Tools,
Career Related Websites
Job listings for SSU students & alumni
Job Search Links, Post a Job
Check it out!
If you take the Student Services link, for example, you are led to the following information:
Sonoma State University Career Services can help you! Whether you are looking for a job or internship, or trying to figure out what you want to do and how to prepare for it, we are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date career-related information to you."
The page takes you to numerous sources of information on: career advising, major and career exploration, career interest testing, job and internship listings, career and education-related software programs (Salazar 1070), career Classes (Univ 237), workshops, and career fairs. This website is also designed to help you with: career library resources, writing a resume, preparing for an interview, investigating graduate school, computerized career related tools, career resources for women, students of color, disabled, and GLBT students, and much more.
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"'For me,' said Sherlock Holmes, 'there still remains the cocaine-bottle.' And he stretched his long white hand up for it."-SIGN, p.205, cited at http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/8827/vict.html.
Holmes says, "Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of [people] could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generation, and leading to the most out[er] results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable."
-A Case Of Identity, cited at http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/8827/vict.html.
"Asset forfeiture has given drug enforcers a powerful incentive to maintain and manage economic mechanisms that allow the illegal drug market to continue."
P. 83 in J.M. Miller and C.H. Selva, "Drug Enforcement's Double Edged Sword: An Assessment of Asset Forfeiture Programs." In J. Miller and R. Tewksbury, Extreme Methods: Innovative Approaches to Social Science Research. Allyn and Bacon, 2001.
Who says we haven't been locking up people in the war on crime? The federal activity in this area is a testimony to how effectively our country can lock people up for drug offenses. For California data see how SuperCell, our crime control superhero, is doing.
Here are some recent data in the ongoing war against drugs, taken from the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (at http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/1995/tost_6.html#6_t).
- In 1970 drug offenders comprised 16.3% of all 21,266 federal prisoners.
- In 2002 drug offenders comprised 54.5% of all 139,183 federal prisoners.
Here are the federal data; the original source is at the bottom of the table.
Note: These data represent inmates housed in Federal
Bureau of Prisons facilities; inmates
housed in contract facilities are not included. Data for 1970-76 are for June 30; beginning in
1977, data are for September 30. Some data have been revised by the Source and may differ
from previous editions of SOURCEBOOK.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons [Online]. Available:
http://www.bop.gov/fact0598.html [Sept. 9, 2003], Table 6.51.
"There have been so many changes going on here that we haven't been able to focus much on [our work]. Karl Hoton closed in October and the male side of Ventura is closing. The Northern Reception Center and Clinic is to be close in March and the YA has to identify a 620 bed institution to close by 2005. The Youthful Offender Parole Board is coming back to the YA again."
of condemned inmates
by day, month and year--actual and expected
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GOVERNOR'S 2004-05 BUDGET RELEASED TODAY:
MORE CUTS TO THE CSU
(Taken from the California Faculty Association)
In 2003-04 alone the CSU suffered a 7.9% cut in General Fund support and
an overall budget loss of about $330 million. The long-term trends are just
as discouraging. Since 1980-81 inflation adjusted per pupil state spending on
the CSU has dropped by over 22 percent.
According to Andrew Lyons, CFA's Research Director, "More cuts will be
debilitating. Classes will be axed, jobs will be lost, students will
not be admitted. The cuts will also hurt California's business
community, especially people who provide goods and services to the CSU
and employers who count on the CSU to educate tomorrow's skilled
CFA also is deeply concerned about the proposed increase in student
fees. Undergraduate fees went up cumulatively 43% during the last
"The typical CSU student is not the unencumbered 18-year-old party
animal as college students are often depicted in the movies," says
Travis. "Our students are older, they hold jobs, many support
families, most are trying to get ahead in the working world. A 50%
tuition hike is little more than a year is devastating to them. For
them, it's like a new tax."
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