School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series

Join us for another School of Social Sciences Brown Bag lecture on Monday, February 1st at 12 pm with Bryan Burton, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, who will be discussing his recent research, Myths that Cause Crime Revisited.

In his talk, he will discuss his project related to updating research conducted in 1984 by Paul Jeslow and Harold Pepinsky in their award-winning book, Myths that Cause Crime. These scholars debunked ten myths: (1) crime is increasing, (2) most crime is committed by the poor, (3) some groups are more law abiding than others, (4) white-collar crime is nonviolent, (5) regulatory agencies prevent white-collar crime, (6) rich and poor are equal before the law, (7) drug addiction causes crime, (8) community corrections is a viable alternative, (9) the punishment can fit the crime, and (10) law makes people behave. These myths continue to be relevant today along with some new myths that cause crime. The overall goal of the project is to warn against wrong-minded criminal justice policies.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 Brown Bag Series will take place via Zoom. Please join us:

The School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Series is always free, open to faculty, staff, students, and the public, and provides a congenial interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of recent research by School of Social Sciences faculty. 

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February 1, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm