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Criminology Blog

Congratulations Dr. Ethan Amidon on your recent publication!

Congratulations to Dr. Ethan Amidon for a recent publication. Along with Drs. Andres Rengifo and Donald Stemen, Dr. Amidon had a manuscript accepted for publication in Criminology, the top-ranked academic journal in the criminal justice field. This manuscript, entitled “When policy comes to town: Discourses and dilemmas of implementation of a statewide reentry policy in Kansas,” focuses on the challenges to reform implementation posed by line staff, supervisors and managers during a large-scale realignment of the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC). Their research describes how varying challenges to the reforms reflect actors’ positions within the organization, the local contexts in which they operate and more general frames of interpretation of the long-term orientation of the KDOC.

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Faculty and Students presented at ACJS conference

Several of our faculty members and students presented at the ACJS conference recently. Alina Kobykhno presented with Dr. Suttmoeller a presentation entitled, “The Influence of Police Intervention on the Longevity of Domestic Far-Right Extremist Groups.” Cara Perry-Bellmer presented with Dr. McCarthy. They recently coauthored a chapter together, “Corrupt Practices Keeping an Eye on the Keeper: The Impact on the Prison.” Dr. Baldwin presented twice. Her presentations were, “Typology of Veterans Treatment Courts” and “Factors Affecting Perceptions of the Military-Crime Relationship.”

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Special Visitor in the department

Recently, we had a very special visitor in the Department. Bay Ivie, the daughter of the late Don Ivie, dropped in and visited about the possibility of becoming a criminal justice major at Missouri State. While here, she stopped in the office and had a picture taken under her dad’s portrait next to the Don Ivie Memorial Scholarship plague. This scholarship was initiated in 2011. Don Ivie was the first student to successfully defend a thesis in our master’s program and became a very popular instructor here at MSU. Bay is currently a senior at Rogersville High School.”

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Congratulations to Alpha Phi Sigma!

Congratulations to our Alpha Phi Sigma students who participated at the ACJS conference in Kansas City. Students from Alpha Phi presented and members were up for the presidential slate (and almost won)! There were also awards recieved! Kristen Spangenberg received the Regina Schearn scholarship. This is the most prestigious award given by Alpha Phi. Lastly, Ms. Yarckow-Brown was named the Chapter Advisor of the Year. Congratulations!!!

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Training to become volunteer as a victim adovocate

The Victim Center is holding a training for people who would like to be a volunteer victim advocate. It is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Victim Center serves all ages and genders who have been victims of violent and sexual crimes in Southwest Missouri. We were established in 1976 and are a United Way Organization. We also provide services to secondary crime victims. Some of the services provided are crisis intervention, counseling, assistance with ex parte orders of protection, crime prevention education programs, etc. Volunteer Victim Advocates get to respond to calls from people through our 24-hour crisis line. There are times we will meet them at area hospitals, crime scenes, and/or law enforcement agencies. All services provided are always provided free-of-charge.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities or becoming a victim advocate, contact Paula Tindell
Victim Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator at


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Dr. Hass was interviewed by the Springfield News-Leader

One of our faculty members, Dr. Hass, was recently interviewed by the Newsleader for two stories relating to crime in Springfield.


  • Springfield mayor candidates call for more cops. Would that reverse crime trend?
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