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Jennifer Ortiz to lead new grant-funded re-entry project in Louisville21st April 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Of every 100 incarcerated people released into the community in Kentucky, 32 will return to jail within three years. Of those on parole or probation, the number is over 50. This high rate of recidivism is not inevitable. It is often the consequence of social environment, a person’s pre-arrest circumstances, …

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Faculty Innovator: John-Robert Curtin1st April 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—John-Robert Curtin, adjunct instructor of criminology and criminal justice, is from New England. Gentle in his delivery, yet he doesn’t mince words: The first assignment his students receive in CJ 313: Peace, Conflict and Social Justice is to write their own obituaries. As a way for an instructor to hammer …

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Dr. Jennifer Ortiz named one of Southern Indiana “Top 20 under 40”11th July 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Jennifer Ortiz, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, has been selected as one of the leading professionals under 40 years old in Southern Indiana by Southern Indiana Business Magazine, a publication of the News and Tribune. The “Top 20 under 40” distinction recognizes professional accomplishments and volunteerism in …

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Jennifer Ortiz to join New Albany Human Rights Commission18th October 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Jennifer Ortiz, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice will join New Albany’s Human Rights Commission. First established in the early 1970s, the HRC is a forum whose mission is “to uphold equal opportunity for education, employment and housing for all New Albany residents while also weighing all general human …

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IU Southeast to host Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences annual meeting8th October 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–IU Southeast is proud to host the 89th annual meeting of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (IASS) on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Founded in 1929, the IASS is a unique community of scholars that promoted the value of the social sciences to Indiana and the world, and has …

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IU Southeast students present research at American Society of Criminology conference30th November 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—IU Southeast criminal justice majors Le’Roy Ford and Hayley Jackey presented research papers at the annual American Society of Criminology (ASC) conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joining them was Dr. Jennifer Ortiz, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice. Founded in 1941, the ASC is an international organization whose members pursue …

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Bernadette Jessie receives inaugural Faculty Innovation Award24th May 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Bernadette Jessie, associate professor of criminal justice and criminology, is the recipient of the inaugural Faculty Innovation Award given by the IU Southeast Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence (ILTE). The ILTE Advisory Board selected Jessie from among a total of eight nominated colleagues, each working to shake up the …

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Faculty Innovators: Bernadette Jessie27th October 2016

Bernadette Jessie Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice School of Social Sciences               By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—A birthday cake from Kroger sits on the high kitchen table in an apartment in Orchard Lodge, with “Happy 21st Hannah” written in pink frosting. Around the table, two of …

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Student Research Focus: Kirsten Black and Christian French bring multidisciplinary view to human trafficking study25th April 2016

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Kirsten Black and Christian French, graduating Honors seniors at IU Southeast, were four years old when they first met, in a preschool in Sellerburg, Ind. At that age, some of the people they study have already become victims of human trafficking. Black and French, under the supervision of Dr. Sara …

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