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CJ Students Present Research at NEACJS Meeting

June 11, 2012


(Pictured above, left to right: Spencer Ingvertson '12, Professor Rebecca  Paynich, Katie Guarino '12, Natalie Petit '12, Assistant Professor Jen Balboni, Jeremy Kittredge  '14, and Carrie Hormanski '10, MACJ '13 

From left to right: Mike Spadea '12,
Professor Rebecca Paynich,
Jeremy Kittredge  '14,
Carrie Hormanski '10, MACJ '13,
Sheri Sarmento MACJ  '12,
and Assistant Professor Jen Balboni

Curry College students and faculty participated in the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) 36th Annual Meeting held in Portsmouth, Rhode Island from June 6 to June 8, 2012.

Jeremy Kittredge '14 presented at a roundtable panel on "Life without parole for 14-year-olds: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?"  Jeremy was lead author on the presentation, which examined the oral arguments in the Jackson v. Hobbs and Miller v. Alabama cases, both of which were argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in early 2012.  His presentation generated much discussion about the nature of punishment for juveniles in the United States, and the legal reasoning for constitutionally challenging current life without parole policies that affect juveniles in the United States.  

Assistant Professor and MACJ Co-Director Jennifer Balboni reported that "Jeremy was poised and fielded questions like a seasoned legal scholar."  The presentation was subsequently turned into an article on juvenile sentencing, and has been accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, with an expected publication in 2013.

Another Curry presentation featured Sheri Sarmento '12 - MACJ, who spoke on "Human Trafficking in Massachusetts Asian Massage Parlors."  Sheri shared information from her thesis, which draws on interviews with 10 detectives about their investigations into 13 Massachusetts massage parlors that took place between 2005 and 2011. Her talk touched upon some of the issues that may have led to the growth of the amount of massage parlors, laws associated with becoming a masseuse, and customer culture. Her thesis is catalogued at Levin Library.

Professor and Co-MACJ Director Rebecca Paynich said that "Sheri's research is too important to ignore, so we encouraged her to contribute to the NEACJS meeting."

Mike Spadea '12, presented his research of crime data exploring co-offending patterns amongst offenders for a 10-year period in High Point, North Carolina. Using arrest and offense data from 2000-2009, Mike performed an exploratory analysis using NodeXL and GIS identifying  similarities and differences in co-offending patterns across groups (age, race, and gender)  and crime types.

Natalie Petit '12, Katie Guarino '12, and Spencer Ingvertson '12 jointly presented their qualitative research examining experience of women in the field of law enforcement. Qualitative interviews with female police officers in New England focused on issues women face in their careers including sexual harassment and gender discrimination. In addition, their presentation examined how research might inform future recruitment and retention practices of women in policing.

Professor Paynich added, "We are incredibly proud of our students. They embraced the opportunity to work outside the classroom and conducted meaningful research that they then presented to a wide audience of academics and practitioners in criminal justice."

At the meeting's scholarship presentation, Carrie Hormanski  '10 accepted the Michael Israel Graduate Student Scholarship.  Carrie was recognized for her exceptional achievements in the MACJ program, as well as her work outside the classroom in volunteer positions and with her job with the Pawtucket Police Department.


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