Spring 2012


As the 2011-12 academic draws to a close I am pleased to share some highlights of events and activities that demonstrate the excellence of the School of Criminal Justice. The School has received a very large number of high quality applications for admissions to the doctoral program as well as to on-campus and online MS programs in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analysis.  We anticipate a large number of doctoral students defending their dissertations this semester and moving on to teach in high quality criminal justice programs around the country.  We are also expecting a large number of MS and undergraduate students to graduate in spring 2012.

As happy as we are in always bringing to your attention to the excellence of the School, we are also saddened to report that Dr. Vincent Hoffman who retired after 35 years as a faculty member of the school in May 2011 passed away on January 31, 2012 at the age of 85.  Vince served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a missionary in South Korea for 15 years before returning to pursue his doctoral work and academic profession at MSU.  Vince’s research focused on youth development and delinquency prevention from a developmental psychological perspective.    His deep interest in comparative studies of people and societies of East Asia, especially Korea, has led to research on migrants and their adjustment to the criminal justice system in Korea. He was a great colleague and a compassionate mentor.  We will miss him dearly.

With support from MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, our faculty has been busy developing resources for Michigan law enforcement and policymakers. They recently completed an analysis of product counterfeiting incidents involving the State of Michigan to highlight for law enforcement and legislators the nature of these offenses and the role and importance of local and state police agencies in addressing them. Additionally, building on a national platform of research on public safety consolidation, our faculty is embarking on a statewide survey to assess Michiganders’ perceptions of public safety consolidation.

Our faculty had a strong year in terms of securing funded research to the tune of $2.4 million to study a wide range of topics that include terrorism, community corrections, and community policing and safe neighborhoods, among others.  Our faculty and students are addressing critical issues on various subjects in forensic science, policing, terrorism, juvenile justice, and many other criminal justice related topics both locally and globally resulting in national and international conference presentations and publications.

As part of the school’s educational and global outreach efforts the school has secured over $400,000 for training programs nationally and internationally.The third class of 25 Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force crime prevention program managers from around the globe recently completed a 2-week course on Crime Prevention/Resource Protection this spring.  The course was delivered in partnership with various branches within Lansing’s Joint Forces Headquarters compound and the Michigan State Police. The School continues to offer workshops in the area of Judicial Administration for members of Abu Dhabi’s Judicial Department.

Enjoy reading the Spring 2012 e-newsletter.

– Mahesh Nalla, interim director