On Saturday, November 18, several Rose Institute students presented their research projects at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) held at Cal Poly Pomona. Kathryn Ridenour’18 presented her research with Nick Federochko’19 on Competitive Districts; Sophia Helland’20 on the topic of Tribal Courts; Joe Noss on the subject of Criminal Justice, which he has been working with Dean Jennifer Walsh of Azusa Pacific University.
Wesley Whitaker, who is pictured here, presented some of the research he and other students have been conducting this semester with CMC Professor Joe Bessette. He presented a report that includes over 20 graphs tracking the changed in time served in state prisons before first release. The visualizations break down incarceration data by crime type, as well as specific crimes, enabling students to recognize the dominant trend that the punishment for violent crimes has been and continues to steadily increase.