Four Georgia Gwinnett College criminal justice/criminology majors presented research papers at the 2012 Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s 49th annual conference, held recently in New York City.
KimBerly Van Deusen and Nicole Moore presented, “Boomerang Theories,” a paper that explored various theoretical explanations of rehabilitation in regard to repeat offenders and high recidivism rates.
Anil Dhanani presented a paper, “Procedural Impacts upon Rehabilitation,” that examined the impacts of pre-sentence investigations, sentencing decisions, correctional assessment, correctional techniques and transitioning programs upon offender recidivism.
Almedin Ajanovic’s paper, “Drugs and Offenders,” reviewed the influences of drugs on offender decision-making. This included the impacts of drug addiction in creating a need for crime, their effects on the decisions to carry out crimes, and the aftermaths of drug-influenced crimes.
The students had worked on their research projects for about a year.
“Last spring I encouraged a group of students to refine works they had submitted in my classes. In the fall semester, I again reviewed the works of those who were interested in attending. I then submitted a student panel comprised of GGC students with me as the panel chair,” said Ron Hunter, professor of criminal justice/criminology. “I’m very proud of what a great job these four students did on their papers. To present at a conference of this stature is an outstanding learning experience.”
“I feel privileged to have been able to attend and present at the National ACJS Conference,” said Dhanani, a senior from Lawrenceville. “I had the opportunity to present my paper, receive feedback from professionals in the field and also network with established, published professionals. Attending other panels provided valuable insight on professional presentations and how the criminal justice field has evolved through the years.”