Women's History Month: Elizabeth Loftus

March 2017

Recently named an AAAS fellow and recipient of the 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

With the passage of Public Law 100-9 on March 12, 1987, Congress established March as Women’s History Month to honor the many contributions American women have made to our nation. In the School of Social Ecology, we have numerous female faculty members making history -- including Elizabeth Loftus.

Newkirk Center for Science & Society named home for National Registry of Exonerations

March 2017

Repository noted as leading source of information for official criminal conviction reversals

The UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society, is now the institutional home for the National Registry of Exonerationsthe internationally recognized repository of information and research on exonerations of innocent defendants convicted of crimes in the U.S.

A joint project of the UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society, University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, the NRE was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The registry, which relies entirely on public information, collects, analyzes and disseminates detailed data on every known exoneration since 1989. These are the cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence.

AB 109 debate reignites after police say Whittier officer slain by parolee

February 2017

Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron, Professors of Criminology, Law and Society, are featured in KABC-TV Los Angeles for their research on AB 109. Their research is the first and only systematic evaluation of AB 109, compiled of a series of papers which looks at crime data and statistics across the state before and after the implementation of AB 109. Citing research and many other factors, Kubrin cautions against drawing too many conclusions connecting criminal justice reform and crime without evidence in light of the recent statements Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper noted about the effects of the recent criminal justice reform.

Officers say Props 47 and 57 made the streets dangerous. But there's no proof.

February 2017

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is interviewed by 89.3 KPCC's Take Two in light of the recent shooting that left a Whittier police officer dead. Despite the assumptions made by Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper placing the blame on crime policies like Prop 47 and Prop 57, Kubrin states that there is no empirical evidence that these policies have actually contributed to the crime rate in the state of California. Ultimately, she illustrates that it is premature to assume there is a connection between Prop 47 and 57 and the current crime rates.

Immigration detentions spark national debate

February 2017

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in El Paso Times for identifying the issues with National Border Patrol Council's vice president for media relations Shawn Moran's statement that "immigration officers are finally able to do their jobs as it is written in law." In this article, she gives insight as to how the Trump administration has only expanded the group of people that are deemed deportable.

Research forecasts lower 2017 violent and property crime rates in much of SoCal

February 2017

UCI researchers forecast lower 2017 violent and property crime rates in much of SoCal. Report also provides city trends, comparisons and socio-demographic information.

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine project double-digit reductions in both violent and property crimes across much of Southern California for 2017. Violent crime is estimated to drop by 21 percent in 82 percent of cities, and property crime is expected to decrease by 11 percent in 79 percent of cities.