Category: Criminal Justice
Lead facilitator of the Metropolitan College Master of Criminal Justice online program Mark Napier (MET ’04) has been elected sheriff of Arizona’s Pima County, which includes the city of Tucson.
Napier, who has attributed past law-enforcement promotions to be the “direct result” of the master’s degree in criminal justice he earned online at Boston University, was one of the program’s very first students, and after his completion he took on a role as coordinator, where he helped shepherd other online students to success in their coursework. Today, the program he helped to establish is rated to be 2016’s #1 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program by U.S. News & World Report.
Read more in the Arizona Daily Star.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin was quoted in a recent Christian Science Monitor article entitled “‘Reasonable suspicion’ defined: Black men who run from police can’t be assumed guilty.” The article outlines a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that takes aim at racial profiling and states that black males “when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity.”
According to Dr. Cronin, “The courts seem to be consistently sending signals to law enforcement agencies that they have to pay closer attention to the meaning of reasonable suspicion in their interactions with the public.”
Read the full article here.
Dr. Danielle Rousseau, a Metropolitan College Criminal Justice professor and faculty coordinator of the Boston University Prison Education Program, will give a presentation on how the BU community can affect change in bringing greater harmony and equality to vulnerable populations, close achievement gaps, and promote positive social growth in the region.
The Reducing Disparities and Promoting Well-Being in Boston: The Role of the BU Community event is part of the Boston University Initiative on Cities’ Reducing Disparities series, which seeks to address racial inequities and explore the positive role the University can play in the surrounding community.
Criminal Justice and Fair Educational Efforts Cross Paths as BU Joins in Obama Administration Pledge
Boston University has answered the Obama administration’s call for increased support towards those seeking to overcome troubled pasts through education. Alongside 14 other institutes of higher learning, BU is proud to join in the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge, which seeks to reduce “barriers facing people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system and are trying to put their lives back on track,” through reforms to school admissions policies. The University, which has long offered opportunities to incarcerated individuals through the Metropolitan College Prison Education Program, made its commitment to the cause known in a statement issued through the White House, which explained, “Boston University has a tradition of inclusiveness and service to the community that goes back to its founding charter. We believe in the power of education to elevate, nurture, and transform.”
Read more about the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge that BU has sworn in The Atlantic.
Solitary confinement for inmates may be a controversial practice, as the phrase can conjure images of borderline cruel and unusual isolation, but according to MET professor and incarceration authority Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, the way prisons actually utilize “solitary” is essential, and greatly misunderstood. “Restrictive housing is a necessity in correctional facilities,” she wrote in a recent BU Today op-ed, noting that it is often used to protect prisoners that would otherwise be endangered.
Mastrorilli, who also serves as faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—rated as the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—added, “The problem occurs when it is the placement of first resort rather than last.”
Read the rest of Dr. Mastrorilli’s “POV” op-ed at BU Today.
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello (MET’05), who has been hailed as a trailblazer for his unconventional approach to combating the opiate crisis, lent his expertise to BU’s School of Public Health for a seminar entitled The Opioid Epidemic: Why Cops Are Sending People with Addiction to Treatment Instead of Jail. Campanello, a graduate of Metropolitan College’s top-ranked Master of Criminal Justice online program, discussed the impact and origins of his Gloucester Angel Initiative—which treats addiction as a disease instead of a crime and has drawn national attention.
The talk was held as part of the Dean’s Seminar Series on Contemporary Issues in Public Health. Read more about it in BU Today.
Boston police may be making progress in resolving the racial disparities among those they stop and frisk, but according to a MET professor of Criminal Justice, the purported improvement in profiling practices is being overblown by the department.
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello is being hailed as a trailblazer for policies he has put in place to combat the North Shore’s growing drug problem. Instead of arresting addicts, his “Angel” program forgives those who turn themselves over for treatment, and connects users with recovery specialists. Campanello, who earned his master’s degree in criminal justice online at MET and whose department has worked in collaboration with BU’s School of Public Health, first made national headlines last year when a social media post he authored about his policy went viral.
Read more about Chief Campanello, and the role Gloucester police are playing in the evolving efforts to battle addiction across America, in the New York Times.
Information security has become a principal strategic concern of governments around the world, and with leading graduate programs in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity offered at MET, BU has been selected to host the 11th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. The conference, which unites academics, specialists, and officials from around the globe, will be held March 17-18, and chaired by MET Dean Tanya Zlateva, with Professor Virginia Greiman of the Department of Administrative Sciences serving as program chair.
When it comes to online master’s programs in criminal justice, Metropolitan College is the head of the class at #1, according to U.S. News & World Report. MET online graduate programs in computer information systems and management have also earned standout grades against national competition. MET Dean Tanya Zlateva spoke with BU Today about the plaudits, calling the recognition evidence of the College’s commitment to “continually innovate the curriculum, increase interactivity, and improve services.” Read more at BU Today.