Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SHSU Adds Faculty in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security

Front of SHSU College of Criminal Justice.

The College of Criminal Justice will welcome five new faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the Department of Security Studies this fall.

Among the new faculty in Criminal Justice and Criminology are Drs. Brittany Hayes from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Melinda Tasca from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, and Dr. Mary Breaux from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The additions to the Department of Security Studies include Drs. Russell Lundberg of the Rand Corporation and Nathan Jones of the Baker Institute of Public Policy. The new faculty bring expertise in corrections, victim studies, homeland security and drug enforcement to the College’s offerings.

Dr. Melissa Tasco Dr. Melissa TascaDr. Tasca specializes in the consequences of incarceration for prisoners, children and families, correctional policy, inmate adjustment and the intersection of race and gender within these contexts. Her work has been published in such peer reviewed journals as Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Violence Against Women, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Tasca has worked on several research projects examining the needs of children with incarcerated parents and minorities in the juvenile justice system. Her dissertation, entitled “It’s not all cupcakes and lollipops: An investigation of the predictors and effects of prison visitation for children during maternal and paternal incarceration,” was funded by the National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Dr. Tasca also served on a prisoner reentry work group and as a mentor with the WINGS Program at Florence Crittenton, an Arizona agency for at-risk girls struggling with issues and challenges caused by poverty, abuse, neglect, crime and violence. . . . Read more . . .

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