FALL 2013
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     Welcome to the Fall 2013 edition of our new department email newsletter!  The stories included here remind us that we are a community with an incredible mission.  We are deeply appreciative of the ways we see our alumni and staff investing their time and resources into developing our students and advancing knowledge about crime and justice.  We are also quite proud of the ways we see our students making strides to change the world around them.
     If you haven't already, take a moment to "like" our new Facebook page, where events, career opportunities, and fresh stories from our students are regularly being posted.  Relationships with our past and current students are invaluable to us, so if you know a fellow CJ alum who isn't in touch with us, please use the "Forward to Friend" tab below to send these stories along.  Finally, if you find yourself inspired by the stories below, we'd love to hear from you.  
                                                      Brad Smith, Interim Chair    
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Just Released: Zalman & Carrano's Newest Book 
"Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice is not a compendium of what has been learned about wrongful convictions since serious scholarship began in the 1980s.  Instead, it breaks new ground by expressly examining many of the issues and processes related to wrongful conviction in the light of the policy reform process. The book should be essential for wrongful conviction scholars and for criminal justice, political science and law professors concerned with the investigation, prosecution and adjudication components of the criminal justice process. " -From the Preface
Campus Connector: Marianka Holloway
In an effort to promote student achievement and development among freshman, Wayne State developed a program that provides students coming straight out of high school with personal support from a knowledgeable staff member who can help them navigate their way through all the potential challenges of their first year in college.  In the Criminal Justice Department, Academic Advisor Marianka Holloway has volunteered to be a Campus Connector and take on a dozen freshmen this year.  Marianka makes herself available to these students throughout the school year, answering their questions and linking them directly to the university resources.  Marianka says she volunteers because she gets a lot of gratification from seeing students start out, make it through the rigors of college life, and finally walk across the stage to receive their degree. “I feel like they’re my very own kids graduating!” she says. 
“I feel honored to be a recipient of one of the scholarships the alumni and staff are able to provide for the current students. Knowing the Criminal Justice staff and alumni are willing to invest in my future gives me inspiration and motivation to achieve my educational and career goals of working with juveniles and at-risk youth. I could not be more grateful for being recognized and awarded for my accomplishments.”  -Alesia Sibrel, Graduate Student and Recipient of a Criminal Justice Scholarship
“I am grateful to receive this scholarship because it supports my educational aspirations and encourages my success.”  -Nicole White, Graduate Student and Recipient of a Criminal Justice Scholarship
Help Fund More CJ Scholarships!
Something Bigger:
DaiCha Jones 
She just graduated with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Wayne State this past May, and 22-year-old DaiCha Jones has already got her hands full - with 24 kindergartners in a public charter school on the eastside of Detroit. Within the first few weeks of the school year beginning, DaiCha was already attached to the little ones she calls her “babies.”  DaiCha is a corps member with Teach For America, a non-profit organization that equips recent college graduates to work in the schools of low-income communities with a mission to raise achievement among students.
How does a CJ grad wind up teaching?  DaiCha found herself in the Criminal Justice program at Wayne State because she had an interest in eventually pursuing law, and her cousin told her that Criminal Justice would be a good place to start.   DaiCha admits she wasn’t even sure why she was in college until a few years into her program, when she began to find inspiration in her classes.  DaiCha remembers reading speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and being provoked by his challenge to “make a career out of humanity.”  
“I realized I’m part of something bigger, that this world is bigger me,” says DaiCha.  “Throughout my college years, I became less concerned with being a criminal defense lawyer and had a growing desire to be influential in my community.”  
For DaiCha, being influential in her community means investing in the education of high-risk children.  “It always comes backs to children.  I always think if we can get some good kids we’ll eventually get some good adults.”  At Wayne State, DaiCha learned that community has an incredible impact on the children we have.  “In my classes with Professor Klahm, over and over our evaluations always came back to parenting and education in our communities.”  
Born and raised in Detroit, DaiCha possess a growing passion for the city.  She is still heading towards law school, but now she’s got the value of education burning in her bones.  These days she’s considering a Master’s in Education in addition to a law degree and she’s dreaming about engaging in public policy. 

Seizing Opportunities:

Chanese Brown 
Little did Chanese Brown know when she signed up for a CJ online course through WSU, that her instructor would become so influential in her career path.  When the course began, Chanese read the bio about her new instructor, Alanna Coronado.  Alanna is a 2008 graduate of our CJ Master’s Program and a supervisor at KidsTALK Children’s Advocacy Center, where she conducts forensic interviews with children who have been the alleged victims of severe physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and also those who have witnessed violent crimes.  Intrigued by Alanna’s career, Chanese emailed her to see if they could meet up.  A short month later, Chanese received an email about an opportunity to be mentored by WSU CJ alumni.  She jumped at the chance and was pleasantly surprised to discover that Alanna would actually be her assigned mentor. 

Chanese speaks with gratitude about the way Alanna took her under her wing, spending time having conversations and allowing her to job shadow.  Chanese joined Alanna for several interviews during a trial where Child Protection Services and the Detroit Police were involved.  This experience gave Chanese a real feel for where she wanted her career path to head.

Chanese says, “My mentor really helped me to narrow down what it was in the field of Criminal Justice that I actually wanted to do.  By spending time with her, I realized that I wanted a career like hers – working with high-risk children and families or in a domestic violence agency of some sort.”

Even though Chanese graduated in May 2013, she and Alanna still keep in touch.  Alanna keeps Chanese informed about opportunities to volunteer and interview for jobs, and they have on-going conversations about issues Chanese is facing.  Alanna expresses, “Chanese is very hard-working and dedicated. She was also a student of mine and did exceptionally well in the class. She is a bright young lady with a very great future ahead of her and it was a pleasure to work with her.” 
Our annual Criminal Justice Career Fair will be held  on April 8th, 2014.  If you work in a CJ agency that may be interested in recruiting, contact 
Marianka Holloway ( to reserve a table! 
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