HBCU Participating in Major Research Project on Police Response to Minor Criminal Offenses

The Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice administered by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York is undertaking a three-year study, funded by the Laura John Arnold Foundation to examine police enforcement of low-level criminal offenses. Six universities have been selected as partners in the research effort. They are historically Black North Carolina Central University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Toledo, Seattle University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

The university partners will be conducting research in their local communities on arrests and resolutions of criminal charges on offenses such as shoplifting, fraud, petty theft, forgery, and drug possession. The research will examine the degree to which law enforcement trends impact perception of public safety, law enforcement budget, and community/police relations.

Lorraine TaylorLorraine Taylor, executive director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at North Carolina Central University, said that “for Durham to be selected as one of six sites from around the country for this research network is quite an honor. This opportunity highlights our strong community partnerships and underscores the high quality research that is now underway in the behavioral and social sciences here.”

Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

North Carolina A&T State University Mounts Effort to Educate Heirs Property Owners

Heirs property is land passed down through a family, often over multiple generations and to numerous descendants, without the use of wills or probate courts. In North Carolina, the value of land owned as heirs property is estimated at nearly $1.9 billion. Heirs property is disproportionately held by Black landowners.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

New Legislation Aims to Boost Entrepreneurial Efforts of HBCU Students

Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) has introduced the Minority Entrepreneurship Grant Program Act, bipartisan legislation that creates a grant program with the Small Business Administration for entrepreneurs at minority-serving institutions like historically Black colleges and universities.

Featured Jobs