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Criminal Justice and Addiction Studies Offer New Graduate Program

Date: Sept. 13, 2000
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

Cincinnati -- A new UC master's degree program for students pursuing careers in law enforcement is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. Beginning this fall, the criminal justice program is offering a master's degree with a focus in addictions studies. It is a joint effort by the College of Education and the College of Evening and Continuing Education.

National research shows a direct cause and effect relationship between crime and drug abuse. A 1999 report from the National Institute of Justice found that out of 34 cities examined across the U.S., more than 60 percent of arrested adult males tested positive for illegal drugs in 27 cities, and more than 60-percent of adult females tested positive in 22 cities.

"If you compare those figures with people committing crimes to get drugs, the increase in domestic violence cases and increases in assaults, there s a very close association," explains Lawrence Anthony, coordinator, UC addictions studies program.

"There's a tremendous need for qualified people trained in this area. Not only is it (substance abuse) a problem among the general population, but it's also a problem among offenders as well," added Ed Latessa, department head in criminal justice. Latessa also noted the new degree could help meet new licensing requirements for professionals in Ohio and other states.

Most important, Anthony said the program will help criminal justice majors do a better job in their roles as police, probation and parole officers or prison officials. "In the past, the criminal justice community relied on social workers, psychologists and counselors who were not familiar with the criminal justice system itself. With this program, the law enforcement community will have a clear understanding of all elements associated with addictive behavior, including substance abuse, sexual addiction, gambling and eating disorders."

An orientation on the new master's degree will be held for all criminal justice majors at 6 p.m. Monday Sept. 18, in the Annie Laws Auditorium of the Teachers College.


 
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