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January 1, 2007- NBC News
NBC's story covering the national rise in violent crime features comments by Lawrence W. Sherman, Director of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, emphasizing the importance of federal support for local law enforcement and the problems faced by young inner-city African-Americans

November 20, 2006- Lawrence Sherman Appointed to Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

On November 20, Pennsylvania Governor Edwards Rendell appointed Lawrence W. Sherman, director of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology and professor of criminology, to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The Commission oversees the state agency responsible for justice system planning, innovation and research, and distribution of millions of dollars in federal and state criminal and juvenile justice grants.

"Dr. Sherman is one of our nation's most distinguished experts in the field of criminal justice research and policy," Rendell said. "His research has been cited by the United States Supreme Court, and governments around the world routinely reach out to Dr. Sherman for guidance when making key decisions about public safety. I am honored that he is willing to give of his time to help guide Pennsylvania as we make difficult policy and practice decisions here, including reducing handgun violence, prison overcrowding and offender recidivism."

Announcing the second annual winners of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology:
Terrie E. Moffitt, University of London
Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh
Read about the winners here
Read the press release
The Stockholm Prize in Criminology will be awarded during the Stockholm Criminology Symposium, at Stockholm University, Sweden, June 4 - 6, 2007

November, 2006- Philadelphia Magazine features the work of Department Chair,
Lawrence W. Sherman

Click here
to read the cover article about Philadelphia homicide-- and Professor Sherman's research on gun violence prevention.

October 9, 2006- First Penn-Cambridge Criminology Colloquium
The first Penn-Cambridge Criminology Colloquium was held live via VOIP (Video Over Internet Protocol) connection, featuring Visiting Professor Paul Rock and Sir Charles Pollard, former Chairman of the Youth Justice Board of England, on the topic of "The Politics of Victims Policy in England."

Other participants included:
Marie Gottschalk, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Friedrich Löesel, Director, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University
Heather Strang, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

September 18, 2006- National Public Radio
Click here to listen to NPR's report on Penn Criminology's ground-breaking project with Philadelphia probation and court officials to reduce homicide through the use of data-mining and other science-based approaches.

Fall 2006- New Faculty
Penn Criminology welcomes Professors Richard Berk, Susan Sorenson and John MacDonald. Click here for faculty profiles.

November, 2006- Philadelphia Magazine features the work of Department Chair, Lawrence W. Sherman. Click here to read the cover article about Philadelphia homicide-- and Professor Sherman's research on gun violence.

October 6, 2006: Daily Pennsylvanian - "Not psychic, though still hoping to predict future murders." Read the article.

September 7, 2006: The Penn Current features an article on Penn Criminology's partnership with the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department
Read the article

June, 2006 - The First Annual Stockholm Criminology Symposium
Symposium website
Pictured below, the announcement of the first annual prize winners of The Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Click here for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology website

L to R: Lawrence Sherman (Director, Jerry Lee Center of Criminology), Thomas Bodstrom (Minister of Justice, Sweden), Jerzy Sarnecki (Co-Chair of the Jury, Stockholm Prize in Criminology), and Jan Anderson (Director General, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention)

March 2006-Former Attorney General Janet Reno visits The Jerry Lee Center of Criminology
for the Department's Second Annual Penn Criminology Reunion
Read the article in the Daily Pennsylvanian

L to R: Penn donors Jerry Lee and Sheldon Krantz, M.S. in Criminology Program Director Laurie Robinson, Janet Reno, Lawrence Sherman, Alfred Blumstein, and Dean Richard Gelles. Photo by: Daily Pennsylvanian

The Penn Compact in Action- Learning the Law: Director Laurie Robinson talks about working with former Attorney General Janet Reno and what drew her to criminology in Penn Current. Click here for the article.

February, 2006- Jerry Lee Wins Broadcast Research Award

February, 2006 - Academy of Experimental Criminology’s 2006 McCord Award Presented to Department Chair Lawrence Sherman

The Joan McCord Award Committee comprising Professors Greenwood (Chair), MacKenzie and Mazerolle have decided to give the 3rd Annual Joan McCord Award to Professor Lawrence Sherman, Director of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (1999-2001).  

January, 2006 - M.S. Criminology Graduates of 2005 Report New Positions

Tobi Palmer began work in January as a researcher with the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.
Gio Citti is excited to report that she has received an offer of employment as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Gio currently works as an fraud analyst for Commerce Bank.
Lindsay Suttenberg started work this month as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in the Somerville District Court in Somerville, Mass.
Paul Heroux will begin working for Leon King, Commissioner of Philadelphia's Prison System, in March as a crime analyst. 
Stephanie O'Keefe was recently named Coordinator for the Weed & Seed Site (a federally funded crime prevention program) in Providence, RI.
Vanessa Paris, following a year studying forensic science in London, will be serving as an intern this summer at ATF's National Laboratory Center, thanks to help from the office of ATF Director Carl Truscott.

November 23, 2005 - Laurie Robinson Named to Two National Justice Positions
Read the article.

August 12, 2005 - Associated Press - "Swedish official announces international criminology prize." Read the article.

April 4, 2005 - Daily Pennsylvanian - "Celebrating the two-year anniversary of its founding, the Criminology Department held a Penn Criminology Day and Reunion on Saturday." Read the article.

March 2, 2005 - Daily Pennsylvanian - "Criminology major on the horizon for College
For now, undergrads can submatriculate into grad program" Read the article.

March 1, 2005 - M.S. Program Director Laurie Robinson was named to serve on a new national commission examining U.S. prison and jail conditions. Co-chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas de B. Katzenbach (appointed by President Johnson) and former Third Circuit Chief Judge John Gibbons (appointed by President Nixon), the 21-member Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons will spend one year exploring problems inside U.S. correctional facilities. Dr. James Gilligan, a visiting scholar at Penn's School of Social Work and an expert on violence prevention, was also appointed to the commission. Four public hearings will be held. The Commission is staffed and funded through the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit organization based in New York. For more information, see www.prisoncommission.org

December 5, 2004 - Guardian: The Observer - A journalist reports on the restorative justice experiments in the UK and the conference she has witnessed. Read the article.

November 24, 2004 - Philadelphia philanthropist and radio station owner Jerry Lee -- a longtime supporter of Penn criminology, for whom the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology is named -- was confirmed on November 21 by the United States Senate as a Presidentially appointed member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Department of Education's National Board for Education Sciences.

November 11, 2004 - George S. Bridges, a criminologist who obtained his Ph.D. from Penn in 1979, was named President of Whitman College in Washington State. Bridges' research and writing has focused primarily on juvenile offenders, in particular problems faced by racial and ethnic minorities in the juvenile justice system. Since 1982 he has been a professor of sociology at the University of Washington, and has served as the University's Dean of Undergraduate Education since 2002. In 1995 he received the Washington Council on Crime & Delinquency's Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Scholar.

October 27, 2004 - Professor Charles Wellford of the University of Maryland will teach the graduate course in criminal justice in the spring semester of 2005. A former chair of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Law and Justice and former President of the American Society of Criminology, Dr. Wellford is an alumnus of Penn and a world-renowned scholar. He will work with Penn's inaugural class of M.S.students in criminology.

October 1, 2004 - Penn Criminology 2004 Report

August 16, 2004 - Assault Weapons Research Press Release
"Federal Assault Weapons Ban Has Mixed Success in Reducing Criminal Use of Banned Guns and Magazines"

January 30, 2004 - Criminology Department Press Release
"Former Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson appointed to head Penn's New Masters Program in Criminology"
Click here to read the article


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