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Mentally ill get handcuffs, not helping hand
April 14, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Makin-80PULLMAN, WASH. – A person with schizophrenia shouts incoherently in a city playground; a woman in the throes of a psychotic crisis hurls rocks against a door; a young man with autism in the middle of a busy road pushes the police officer who tries to move him to a sidewalk.

WSU research helps reduce criminal re-offense rates
January 27, 2014

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Hamilton-Z-2014-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Increasing public safety and controlling costs are among the benefits of three related Washington State University projects to predict criminal re-offense and determine the effectiveness of treatment programs.

Expert joins WSU Spokane criminal justice program
September 27, 2005

Bryan Vila, a nationally recognized expert on crime control and human performance issues and a former law enforcement officer, is joining the criminal justice faculty at Washington State University Spokane.Vila most recently directed the Crime Control and Prevention Research Division of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)  the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Prior to joining NIJ in 2002, he was an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, and later at the University of Wyoming.  Before becoming an academic, Vila worked for 17 years as a law enforcement officer in local, national and international settings.Travis Pratt, director of the WSU … » More …