The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in teaching, research and service. Dedicated to its students, the faculty delivers outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, incorporating learning, service and inquiry. The department also conducts quality research and pursues local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in our discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, it provides exemplary service to the university and the broader professional and academic community.

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Latest Book


Acker, J. R., Bohm, R. M., & Lanier, C. S. (2014). America's experiment with capital punishment: Reflections on the past, present, and future of the ultimate penal sanction (3rd ed.). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

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Latest Publication


Moreto, W. D., & Lemieux, A. M. (2014). From craved to captured: Introducing a product-based framework to examine illegal wildlife markets. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. doi 10.1007/s10610-014-9268-0 

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Recent Presentation


Multiple presentations at the American Society of Criminology's 2014 meeting. For a list of presenters, see

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One of the benefits of conducting international fieldwork is the opportunity to become engrossed in a different culture. "
— William Moreto,  Assistant Professor
The people I worked with ... put me in every scenario possible and allowed me to experience it first hand."
— Max Thedy,  former student intern who worked with law enforcement rangers in Cape Town, South Africa
I cannot stress enough the importance of the basic research skills and knowledge, combined with an understanding of data analysis for those planning to be leaders in the field of criminal justice."
— Roberto Hugh Potter,  Criminal Justice Department Interim Chair
I would not be in the position I have today if it weren’t for the criminal justice program at UCF."
— Carl Metzger,  M.S. in criminal jusitce, '03; Deputy Chief, Patrol Services Bureau, Orlando Police Department
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