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UAlbany Student and Professor Use Society of Criminology Award to Explore Justice Model for Dominican Republic

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 10, 2004) -- Wander Falette, a junior at the University at Albany, and Dennis Sullivan, an adjunct professor in UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice, were named as recipients of the first American Society of Criminology Minority Scholar/Mentor Research Grants.

Falette and Sullivan will use the grant to examine the unique model of restorative justice that has been practiced in Northern Ireland, and assess whether the model is applicable to countries in Latin America, especially the Dominican Republic, Falette's country of origin. Restorative justice is a systematic response to wrongdoing that emphasizes healing the wounds of victims, offenders and communities caused by criminal behavior.

The scholar/mentor team will also look at the cultural conditions in the Dominican Republic which foster or inhibit the development of a restorative model of justice in that country's jurisdictions.

The grant provides the student recipient with a stipend of $5,000 for his junior year, $5,000 for his senior year, and up to $1,500 in travel expenses in order to make a presentation of the findings at the society's annual meeting in Toronto in 2005.

The Minority Scholar/Mentor Research Grant program was established this year by the American Society of Criminology to increase the number of criminology and criminal justice scholars from historically disadvantaged and under-represented ethnic and racial groups.

Awards were made to students beginning their junior year with the hope that, under the mentoring system, they will continue their studies in criminology or criminal justice into graduate school especially at the doctoral level. The recipients were selected due to their potential for completing doctoral work as well as the quality of the proposed research project and mentoring relationship. Three other minority scholar/mentor teams were named from criminology/criminal justice programs at the University of Maryland, Eastern Kentucky University, and Rutgers University.


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