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Tony Smith

Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-6532
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Tony Smith

Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, MA, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany

Bio

Professor Smith joined the department in the fall of 2010. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany where he was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. His published research, often in collaboration with students, focuses on the advancement of an international and cross-cultural understanding of crime and criminal justice, the impact of firearms, and empirical tests of control and general strain theories. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations (HEUNI), the Institute for Forensic Studies at the University of Malta, and numerous law enforcement agencies and teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.

585-475-6532

Currently Teaching

CRIM-110
3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to criminal justice. One of the primary goals of this course is to provide a general understanding of how the criminal justice system responds to crime in society. The main component parts of the criminal justice system (i.e., police, courts, and corrections) will be examined with a particular emphasis on developing an understanding of the behavior and interactions among the main actors in the criminal justice system. To accomplish this goal, we will examine how criminal cases are processed in the criminal justice system. We will also consider how external forces, such as political decisions, public opinion, and the media influence criminal justice decision-making. Students will also formulate, argue, and evaluate ethical perspectives regarding criminal justice systems, individual-level decisions, and recognize relationships with other ethical problems in society. Finally, throughout the course we will emphasize how the societal response to crime has evolved over time.
CRIM-701
3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide students with training in quantitative analysis of social science data. Students will develop a conceptual understanding of techniques, the ability to recognize the appropriate selection of techniques, and the ability to use those statistical measures and interpret their results. Students will gain experience with inferential statistics through the level of commonly used multivariate analyses. The prerequisite for this course will be a strong undergraduate foundation in statistical analysis. With the consent of their adviser and the graduate coordinator, qualified students may substitute more specialized statistics courses or courses in such areas as geographical information systems (GIS).
CRIM-350
3 Credits
A comprehensive survey of historical and contemporary theories of the causes of crime. Included are theories that derive from biological, psychological, sociological, geographic, economic, and political perspectives. Development of criminological theory reviewed; fundamental distinctions between classical and positivist theories and between theories of crime and criminality discussed.
CRIM-220
3 Credits
Introduction to the basic organizations of the correctional system, their functions and performance. Prisons and jails, as well as probation and parole agencies, are discussed with the context of historical and contemporary philosophy. Attention also is focused on decision-making functions, the role of various personnel within the correctional system and the population of offenders within it. Strategies for rehabilitation and their effectiveness are surveyed.
CRIM-488
3 Credits
Focuses on contemporary issues and topics not otherwise distinctly incorporated in established criminal justice courses. Concentrates on student discussion and interaction surrounding applications in criminal justice. Examples could include training in software for agency data cleaning. Elective course for criminal justice majors. Does not have general education status.
CRIM-489
3 Credits
Focuses on contemporary issues and topics not otherwise distinctly incorporated in established criminal justice courses. Concentrates on student discussion and interaction surrounding required readings on topics such as crime prevention and issues in the prosecution/court system. Recent examples include cyberlaw, prisoner re-entry restorative justice, wrongful convictions, crime mapping, crime analysis, non-traditional courts, legal controversies in the law, substance abuse, and legal research.
CRIM-230
3 Credits
This course examines the concepts, theories and environmental influences of juvenile offenders, the impact of the judicial system, control and corrections on juvenile justice. The course also examines the role of forces in the system including police, courts, community resources, and treatment.
CRIM-275
3 Credits
This course focuses on the outbreak and prevalence of violent crime in the United States as one of the most important social realities of the past 100 years. In addition to a historical review, we will also scrutinize contemporary problems associated with violence. These problems include street violence, terrorism, riots, vigilantism, and how the criminal justice system has attempted to control these problems.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Williams, LaVerne McQuiller, et al. "Investigating the Risk of Date Rape by Auditory Status." Violence and Victims 32. 6 (2017): 1044-1062. Print. *
McQuiller-Williams, LaVerne, Judy L. Porter, and Tony R. Smith. "Understanding Date Rape Attitudes and Behaviors: Exploring the Influence of Race, Gender and Prior Sexual Victimization." Victims & Offenders 11. 2 (2016): 173-198. Print. *
Smith, Tony R., et al. "Deviant Reactions to the College Pressure Cooker: A Test of General Strain Theory on Undergraduate Students in the United States." International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences 8. 2 (2013): 88-104. Print. *
Smith, Tony R. and Vaughn Crichlow. "A Cross-cultural Validation of Self-Control Theory." International Journal of Comparative & Applied Criminal Justice 37. 3 (2013): 175-193. Print. *
Smith, Tony and Vaughn Crichlow. "A Cross-Cultural Validation of Self-Control Theory." International Journal of Comparative & Applied Criminal Justice 37. 3 (2013): 175-193. Print. *
Stevens, Bradley R., et al. "A Deadly Mix? An International Investigation of Handgun Availability, Drinking Culture and Homicide." International Journal of Comparative & Applied Criminal Justice 35. 1 (2011): 39-51. Print. *
Book Chapter
Smith, Tony R. and Jason D. Scott. "Policing and Crime Prevention." Crime Prevention. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2013. 61-92. Print. £
Smith, Tony and Jason Scott. "Policing and Crime Prevention." Crime Prevention. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2012. 61-92. Print. *
Formal Presentation
Crichlow, Vaughn and Tony R. Smith. “Gender Inequality, Pornography Consumption and Sexual Assault: A Macro-Level Test.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco, CA. 17-20 November, 2010. Presentation.