Criminal Justice & Criminology
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


GS Criminal Justice Professor Published!

Congratulations to Georgia Southern Criminal Justice and Criminology Associate Professor, Dr. Laurie Gould, on her co-edited publication!!

The Routledge Handbook on American Prisons edited by Laurie A. Gould and John J. Brent will be released for publication November 2, 2020.

With contributions from leading correctional scholars in the U.S., the volume covers the evolution of prisons in the United States, and then explores the key issues fundamental to understanding the U.S. prison system, including the characteristics of facilities, inmate risk assessment and classification, prison administration and employment, for-profit prisons, special populations, overcrowding, prison health care, prison violence, the special circumstances of death row prisoners, collateral consequences of incarceration, prison programming, and parole. The final section examines reform efforts and ideas and offers suggestions for future research and attention. 

Announcement of Thesis Proposal Defense

Please join us via Zoom on Friday, October 23 at 3 PM to support Catalina Hooper Armenteros, a Criminal Justice Graduate Student giving her thesis proposal defense!!!

Contact Dr. Jonathan Grubb at for more details!

8th Annual CASA Superhero Run!


Join the 8th Annual CASA Superhero Run Powered by Nease, Lagana, Eden, and Culley on October 24, 2020!

Whether you want to run a 5K or participate in the 1-mile fun run, your participation benefits children in foster care. We encourage everyone to dress up in the favorite Superhero costume!

Can’t join us for the race? Sign-up as a Virtual Runner!

Registration information:
$12 – 1 Mile Fun Run Individual
$20 – 1 Mile Fun Run Family (the whole family for one price!)
$30 – 5K Registration
$30 – Virtual Runner

Click here to sign up or get more information!

GS Criminal Justice and Criminology Professor Published!

Criminal Justice and Criminology Associate Professor, Chad Posick, along with his colleague, Michael Rocque, from Bates College have published their multi-level regulation perspective for explaining exposure to violent victimization. The paper appears in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and is available on their website.


We test two major hypotheses in this article: (a) macrolevels of school disorganization and individual levels of low self-control will be directly, and positively, linked to victimization and (bi) low self-control will have the largest impact on exposure to victimization (ETV) when it interacts with negative environments consistent with a social enhancement perspective, or (bii) low self-control will have a weaker impact on ETV when it interacts with negative environments consistent with saturation or social push models. The data for the current study were collected as part of the second International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD-II). A total of 49,685 individuals from 30 countries are nested within 1,427 schools. We use multilevel generalized linear regression models with violent victimization (robbery and assault) regressed on demographic, family, school, and neighborhood variables. Multiplicative interaction terms are included in separate models to examine key moderation effects consistent with expectations drawn from the victimization literature. Analyses reveal that low self-control and perceptions of school disorganization are both associated with an increase in the odds of experiencing victimization. Interactions between low self-control and school disorganization are also found to be consistent with saturation/social push models. Our regulation approach offers a foundation for theorizing about ETV and provides a testable model for future research. However, elements of the regulation model are in need of further refinement and testing before the perspective can be moved toward a broader theory of victimization.

GS Criminal Justice & Criminology Grad Student Promoted in Military

Congratulations to Criminal Justice and Criminology graduate student, Joseph R. Charron. He has been promoted to Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the United States Army!

2LT Charron is a native of Gainesville, GA. He enlisted in the Army on November 3, 2009, and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA. He earned the Military Occupational Specialty 11B – Infantryman.

2LT Charron was initially assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Knox, KY. He served in the positions of Operations NCO, UAS NCO, Grenadier, and Rifleman.

In 2011, 2LT Charron deployed with Charlie Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2014, 2LT Charron reenlisted to attend AIT at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Ft Story, VA and earned the Military Occupational Specialty 42R – Musician. He was then assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Band, Ft Stewart, GA as a Senior Musician. In 2015, 2LT Charron deployed as apart of the USFOR-A Band in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel as an Assistant Music Performance Team Leader.

In 2017, 2LT Charron graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He then began graduate school in 2018, pursuing a Master’s in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

2LT Charron enlisted once again in 2019 to attend Officer Candidate School, where he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Branch. Next, 2LT Charron completed Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course in 2020. 2LT Charron’s military education includes Airborne School, Raven Operator’s Course (UAS), Combat Life Saver Course, and Basic Leader Course.

2LT Charron’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3rd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (2nd Award), Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

2LT Charron is currently stationed at the United States Army Center for Initial Military Training at Fort Benning, GA. His hobbies include shooting, music performance, and real estate investment. 2LT Charron decided to become a OSUT Platoon Leader to return to where his career began to lead, assist in training, and motivate the future generation of Infantry Soldiers.

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