Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Edmund F. McGarrell

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Fri Mar 21, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. Ed McGarrell, Director and Professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU), will present “Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Federal Initiatives to Address Firearms Violence” as part of the Beto Lecture Series.

Dr. Ed McGarrell
Dr. Ed McGarrell
Dr. McGarrell led the team that served as the national research partner for Project Safe Neighborhoods program, a nationwide effort funded by the National Institute of Justice to reduce gun and gang crime in the United States by networking local programs and providing additional tools to help them succeed. McGarrell’s projects included research on gun, gang and drug-related crimes, as well as research-based training and technical assistance for task forces around the country. McGarrell's lecture will draw on the research on Project Safe Neighborhoods with a focus on how to increase the successful implementation of multi-agency, data driven, interventions intended to reduce crime and violence.

Logo for Project Safe NeighborhoodsDr. McGarrell has continued his focus on communities and crime and the development of evidence- based strategies to reduce violence. In addition to Project Safe Neighborhoods, he worked on Operation Ceasefire in Detroit, on the Youth Violence Prevention Center in Flint, Michigan, with the Michigan State Police, and with the Indiana Violence Reduction Partnership. His research also examines the impact of restorative justice conferences on juvenile justice processes.

More recently, Dr. McGarrell serves as one of the core faculty members for MSU’s Conservation Criminology Program, a multi-disciplinary research effort that studies environmental crimes. The program integrates the fields of criminal justice and criminology, conservation and natural resources management, and risk and decision sciences to investigate environmental problems and expand the types of interventions needed to address them. McGarrell serves on the Environmental Crime Committees of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and of INTERPOL.

man walks past wall with grafetti to stop gun violence.Among the research conducted in the program are the criminological implications of climate change, corporate environmental performance, corruption in conservation, environmental justice, global trade in electronic waste, illegal fishing, illegal logging, human-wildlife conflict, water security, wildlife disease, and wildlife poaching.

Dr. McGarrell is the author of Juvenile Correctional Reform:Two Decades of Policy and Procedural Change and served as co-editor of several books, including Crime and Terrorism Risk: Studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice; The New Criminal Justice; Community Policing in a Rural Setting: Innovations and Organizational Change, and Community Corrections: A Community Field Approach. He frequently publishes articles in such prestigious peer-reviewed academic journals as Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly, Criminology and Public Policy and Justice Quarterly, to name a few.

Poster with gun that says If you get popped with a federal conviction, guess what your chance of probation or parole is?Before joining Michigan State University, Dr. McGarrell served as the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University; as Director of the Crime Control Policy Center, a partnership between Hudson Institute and Indiana University; and as Co-Director of the Washington State Institute for Community Oriented Policing.

In 2011, Dr. McGarrell was named one of the most influential people in security by Security Magazine. He was named a Fellow in the Academy of Experimental Criminology in 2009. McGarrell also was ranked among the top 10 scholars based on federal research dollars in an article in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education in 2009. He also earned a visiting scholar fellowship at the National Center for Juvenile Justice in 1991.

Dr. McGarrell earned his MA and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and he was named a Distinguished Alumni at the institution in 1991.

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