Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Justice major Daniel Reinhard presents paper at 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Daniel Reinhard, a senior and Justice major, presented a paper at the recent Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference in March.  His presentation, "Observations of Crime and Disorder at an Urban Park," is related to the research he has been doing with Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, in collaboration with the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

Daniel Reinhard observed activities in the park over a number
of days and during different time periods.
The paper reports on criminal and delinquent behavior as observed in Town Square Park - a downtown urban park in Anchorage, Alaska. Town Square Park is source of local controversy and has attracted the attention of the local police department and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, an organization charged with providing services to the downtown district of Anchorage. In response to these agencies having a lack of recorded data on what occurs in the park Daniel conducted observations in the park. This research notes observed park activities, hypothesizes the park's role as a crime attractor and lists physical characteristics of the park that may facilitate criminality.