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Valerie Jenness - Professor, Department Of Law Criminology, And Society, UCI


Valerie Jenness, Professor in University of California, Irvine is endowed with multiple attributes in her personality. She served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and prior to that was a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. She was also Dean of the School of Social Ecology from 2009 to 2015 and Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society from 2001-2006.

Her credentials involve groundbreaking work on the prostitutes’ rights movement, hate crime, sexual assault in prison, transgender women in prisons for men and grievance systems in prisons. She spearheaded the first complete study of transgender women in men’s prisons.

Her blog on Hate Crime Law which inculcates Hate crime, harassment, intimidation, or physical violence that is motivated by a bias against characteristics of the victim considered integral to his social identity, such as his race, ethnicity, or religion. Another blog deals with the Crime Control and Criminalization in the U.S.  It is a complex maze of politics, controversy and intrigue deliberated on political platforms, by religious institutions and incorporated in multiple sociological studies. Multiple studies concerning ‘effectiveness of incarceration’ in the United States dictates deterrence as the only advantage but deemed ineffective and counterproductive in general. To counteract these issues, alternative strategies includes effective gun control, decriminalization of illicit drugs, prevention of child abuse and neglect, amelioration of poverty, and intervention with at-risk youngsters.

Her versatile authoring includes books on Appealing to Justice, Routing to Opposition, Making Hate a Crime, Making it Work and Hate Crimes.

For more information, please visit http://valeriejenness.com/

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