Tuesday, November 14, 2017

K-9 Demonstration at Lander a Success!

Lander University held its first major criminal justice themed event on-campus November 6th when it invited the Greenville County Sheriff's K-9 Services Unit to visit the University. Thank you to Sgt. Osborne and Sgt. Wannemacher for making the event such a success. Between 200-300 students, faculty, and staff witnessed the K-9 Services Unit display how their dogs can locate illegal narcotics as well as help with locating people and lost items. Master Deputy Jim Leathers and "Hondo" were definitely the stars of the show as their chemistry and partnership were on full display at the event. This event was held to celebrate Lander University's new B.S. in Criminology program. Lander University is the only public university in South Carolina to offer such a degree. Special thanks go to Chief Eddie Briggs of the Lander University Police Department for all of their help in organizing the event. Read more about the event at GWDToday's website.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Labeling Theory Research

New Labeling Theory Research 

Kroska, A., Lee, J. D., & Carr, N. T. (2017). Juvenile delinquency and self‐sentiments: Exploring a labeling theory proposition. Social Science Quarterly, 98(1), 73-88.

Lee, J. (2017). Contextualizing Informal Labeling Effect on Adolescent Recidivism in South Korea. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 0306624X17722785.

Lee, J. S., Tajima, E. A., Herrenkohl, T. I., & Hong, S. (2017). Effects of Formal and Informal Deviant Labels in Adolescence on Crime in Adulthood. Social Work Research, 41(2), 97-110. 

Besemer, S., Farrington, D. P., & Bijleveld, C. C. (2017). Labeling and intergenerational transmission of crime: The interaction between criminal justice intervention and a convicted parent. PloS one, 12(3), e0172419.

Kavish, D. R. (2017). Book Review of "Labeling theory: empirical tests." Contemporary Justice Review, 20(3), 395-397.

Kavish, D. R. (2017). Policy Implications of Contemporary Labeling Theory Research. Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, 10(1), p. 45-54.

Caudill, J. W., Diamond, B., Karas, S., & DeLisi, M. (2017). Decoupling the Labeling Tradition: Exploring Gang Affiliation and the Application of Law. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 15(4), 343-358.
Andress, M. B. (2017). The Impact of Court Ordered Sobriety: A Test of Labeling Theory. Honors Research Projects. 503.

Mesters, G., van der Geest, V., & Bijleveld, C. (2016). Crime, employment and social welfare: an individual-level study on disadvantaged males. Journal of quantitative criminology, 32(2), 159-190.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What I Did This Summer

What I Did This Summer

Summer break has ended. It is back to the normal routine for educators and students. Some people seem to think that professors just spend their summers lounging around and being lazy (one student suggested that I was likely spending time on my yacht and vacationing across the nation). This could not be further from the truth. 

I spent my summer teaching summer courses online, prepping syllabi for Fall 2017, and most importantly, I wrote a lot of papers. The bread and butter of my profession is teaching and getting published (preferably in peer-reviewed academic journals). Thus, teaching and research is what I did with my additional summer free time. I taught a host of online courses: introductory level criminal justice course, a course on race and ethnicity, and a course on criminal violence.

I also sought to get published. I am happy to say I was quite successful. I was able to publish my first book review ever in the Contemporary Justice Review. My book review of Labeling Theory: Empirical Tests, edited by David P. Farrington and Joseph Murray was published online in early July and in print early in August.

Another publication that was submitted and accepted was an entry for the Encyclopedia of Racism in American Cinema, edited by Salvador Jimenez Murguia. My entry will discuss the film entitled "C.S.A: The Confederate States of America."

Most recently, I published a paper on the policy implications of recent labeling theory research findings. Policy Implications of Contemporary Labeling Theory Research, by Daniel Ryan Kavish, was published in the journal Critical Issues in Justice and Politics midway through August.    

These are just the projects I worked on that have been successfully completed and published already. I am also working on two more book reviews for scholarly journals and two entries for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

To be fair, I did not just lock myself in my office and write all summer. I did get to have some fun and enjoy the nice summer weather. I visited Atlanta early in the summer and attended a great Fourth of July celebration. That being said, I was definitely eager for the semester to begin so that I could go back to my daily teaching routine.

I hope everyone had a great summer. Good luck with your Fall 2017 studies.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


School is out for the summer. If you are in summer school, then please remember to stay on top of your studies. Summer classes can be intense since they do not have as many weeks to cover the material. Many of these summer courses will be offered online. One thing to remember about online courses is that they require more self-discipline. For instance, my online courses are reading-intensive and students need to make time to read the assigned material. Also, do not be afraid to ask other students or the professor for help if you are confused about any material. The more proactive you are with your studies, the more success you should have in your courses.

Enjoy the summer, and be safe.

Monday, April 24, 2017

White-Collar Crime: More Local than you Think

White-Collar Crime: More Local than you Think

When people think of "White-Collar Crime" they think of giant banks, stock markets, Enron, and millions of dollars. While this is not far from the truth, there are smaller forms of white-collar crime that cause huge problems for local communities. One issue routinely discussed in newspapers is the punishment associated with white-collar crimes. Some people wonder why so few white-collar criminals see the inside of a prison, despite the fact that their crimes caused greater social harm to society than many people currently in prison. Still, others note that the same racial disparities that exist in street crimes can be observed when analyzing white-collar offenses. Worse yet, these racial disparities persist throughout the criminal justice process that deals with white-collar offenders. For example, a 2006 article in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology found that race was significantly associated with white-collar offense sentencing. The research specifically found that whites were more likely than blacks to receive lesser sentences, and that this relationship was tied closely to one's ability to pay fines. 
Downward departures from sentencing guidelines in white-collar cases is quickly becoming a hot topic for media outlets, especially local cases that can have significant impacts for small communities. For instance, I was recently featured in the Greenwood Index-Journal answering questions about that very topic. Greenwood had sentenced multiple white-collar offenders to pay fines, rather than prison, but allowed payments that would take each offender hundreds of years to pay back. In essence, these men will never see the inside of prison, and will likely never pay back what they fully owe or stole from their community. Many community members responded on social media about the meager sentences. Their comments highlight a debate the society and politicians seem unwilling to have. If they are able to forego prison sentences with the hopes of collecting restitution, then realistic payment schedules should be established and suitable punishments afforded for not sticking to these payment schedules. Likewise, social media comments the need for debate concerning our general philosophy towards dealing with white-collar offenders. If we are not likely to see a great deal of restitution, then should we simply imprison these offenders (retribution)? Why is it that we are more punitive towards  drug-users than individuals that steal millions of dollars?
I will not pretend to know the answers to these questions, but I do urge society, citizens and lawmakers alike, to think about the questions I have posed.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cellphones, Internet, and the Classroom

Cellphones, Internet, and the Classroom

Monday, April 10, 2017

Criminology Graduate Programs

Criminology Graduate Programs

Since the bulk of my readers appear to be from Illinois and Upstate South Carolina. This post will outline some options criminology students may consider when thinking about applying for graduate school. One thing to remember, you don't just want to be accepted into a program, you want the program to offer you an assistantship. I will make another post at a later date outlining the steps and tips for applying to graduate programs. This post will focus on simply highlighting the graduate school options for criminology students in the aforementioned regions. Below is a list of colleges I strongly suggest graduating criminology and criminal justice undergraduates from Illinois and South Carolina should consider. I have also listed a few top-tier programs that you may also want to consider. That being said, receiving funding from a more local university may be more beneficial than attending a "top-tier" program. Furthermore, many of these programs are growing. Southern Illinois University and UMSL, for example, have great faculty and smaller cohorts. This allows for more one-on-one attention between faculty advisors and graduate students. Myself, I strongly recommend the MA/PhD Criminology and Criminal Justice programs at  Southern Illinois University.

Upstate South Carolina & Surrounding Areas


Top Tier Graduate Programs