Law & Justice

Fingerprint Research

Forensic investigation students conduct outdoor fingerprints research

Authored on: May 05, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Timothy Juedes, lecturer of criminal justice and forensic investigation, and a group of his students are investigating the longevity of fingerprints. The research is in its initial phase and is being conducted at the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House Outdoor Research Facility, where they are determining how long fingerprints can stay on surfaces outside and inside, while comparing results with climate data.

Dr. Sara Getz

Getz joins elite group of forensic anthropologists with highest professional certification

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Dr. Sara Getz, assistant professor of forensic investigation at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville earned the highest professional certification available in her field and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA).


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Criminal Justice students engage with inmates for unique learning opportunity

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
More than 70 criminal justice students currently enrolled in Corrections and Criminology courses at UW-Platteville recently had the opportunity to enhance their coursework when they engaged in Zoom sessions with a panel of inmates from the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution.

Horrific Crime Scene Revisited Event

Annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event returns Nov. 6-7

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville will host its 10th annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event on Nov. 6-7. Drawing several hundred attendees in years past, this popular tradition provides an opportunity for students and the community to learn more about the field of forensics.

Dr. Patrick Solar

Solar releases second edition of book on police, community relations

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Patrick Solar recently published the second edition of his book, “Police Community Relations: A Conflict Management Approach.” 

Dr. Staci Strobl and Jacob Wehler

Criminal justice major researches treatment court

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

“When you are doing research every single thing matters,” said Jacob Wehler, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville criminal justice major. “If you don’t pay attention to all the little details, you could be missing a whole plethora of conclusions or details that could sway your results.”


Hayden Pierce

Research explores impacts of agricultural land changes on rural communities

Authored on: Feb 02, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
A team of UW-Platteville researchers is exploring how farmers and rural communities are affected by agricultural land changes and record-high dairy farm closings and their response to policy proposals intended to address the issues.

Sara Booth

After 22 years, alumna returns to excel in criminal justice program

Authored on: Jan 01, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
“I had always wanted to go back to school, but it was always either life, distance or motivation that prevented me from taking those steps,” said alumna Sara Booth. However, in 2016, Booth made the leap and returned to UW-Platteville after 22 years to complete her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, ending her final semester with a 4.0.

Chris Polzer

Criminal Justice Instructor Chris Polzer wins 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Cheryl Lange
Two-time UW-Platteville graduate and Criminal Justice Instructor Chris Polzer was named one of the university’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni. Recipients of the honor, which is presented by the Alumni Association, are chosen for their contributions to and recognition in their professions and communities, and continued engagement with the university.

Mock Trial team members

Pioneer Mock Trial Team earns top witness award

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
The UW-Platteville Mock Trial Team participated in its first invitational tournament of the season and received a top witness award. “Testing the Waters” tournament took place virtually from Oct.16-18 and featured 12 colleges from across the country.

Dominique Kornely conducting research at UW-Platteville in 2018.

Recent alumni publish academic work, credit summer research program

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Two recent UW-Platteville alumni, Kathryn Bartels and Dominique Kornely, have had their research work accepted for publication in academic journals. Both alumni are former participants of UW-Platteville’s Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program and credit the program for their success.

MSCJ Best Online Badge

Criminal Justice program recognized as one of the country's best online master's degrees

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Stephen Kelley

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's reputation as a leader in distance education has been cemented again, as Online School Report recognizes the criminal justice program as one of the


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Forum series to foster discussions on race and inequity

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
As the fall semester gets underway, the College of Liberal Arts and Education is offering a number of opportunities outside of the classroom for students, and the wider community, to engage in discussions about race and inequality, as well as the contribution of African American voices to the liberal arts and education fields, through two concurrent forum series.

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Instructor finds innovative way to deliver criminal justice course during COVID-19 crisis

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
During the COVID-19 crisis, UW-Platteville faculty and staff have risen to the challenge by adapting and designing novel ways of realigning course delivery to ensure students continue to receive an outstanding, rigorous education, including hands-on learning experiences. This includes Dan Román, lecturer of forensic investigation, who modified his spring Crime Scene Diagramming course.

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Forum to explore concept of ‘moral luck’ and its legal implications

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Update, 4/16/2020: Due to safety and health concerns around COVID-19, this event has been cancelled as a precautionary measure. A rescheduled date will be announced at a later time.


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Pioneer Mock Trial Team wins Witness Award, more at regional tournament

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Mock Trial Team had an impressive showing at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament held recently in Wheaton, Illinois.

Rep. Melissa Sargent

WI State Assembly Rep. Sargent to present ‘Representation and Justice in Politics’ March 12

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
On Thursday, March 12, Wisconsin State Assembly Rep. Melissa Sargent will present “Representation and Justice in Politics” in Room 136 Doudna Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at 5 p.m. The presentation, sponsored by the university’s Social and Environmental Justice Program, is free and open to all.

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UW System Board of Regents approves new online Master of Science in cybersecurity

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: UW System
The UW System Board of Regents has granted its approval to offer a 12-course, 34-credit online master’s degree in cybersecurity. The program is a collaboration of University of Wisconsin Extended Campus and eight UW System campuses, including UW-Platteville.

Mock Trial Team

Mock Trial Team wins Civility Award

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
The UW-Platteville Mock Trial Team won the Mary Lynn Neuhaus Civility Award at the 32nd National Mock Trial Invitational. Recipients of the award are chosen by their peers as the team that most exemplifies civility, sportsmanship and courtesy.

Keith Blackburn/Misty Wallace

Restorative Justice Conference: repairing harm, promoting healing

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
The Department of Criminal Justice will host its biannual Restorative Justice Conference in the university’s Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall, from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Pictured left to right are Deb Putnam, Murphy Bleymeyer, Raiven Breseman, Clay Spooner, Sydney Williams and Valerie Gill, MSW, LISW

Students volunteer time and talents at Ruby’s Pantry

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
This fall, four UW-Platteville students had an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by volunteering their time and talents at Platteville’s Ruby’s Pantry, a nonprofit, faith-based organization in Platteville that provides food for Southwest Wisconsin and surrounding communities.

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Psychology students lead forgiveness program for inmates

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
This fall, three UW-Platteville psychology students led a 12-week forgiveness discussion group for inmates at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution, a medium security state prison.

Strobl honored with American Society of Criminology award

Strobl honored with American Society of Criminology award

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Staci Strobl, associate professor of criminal justice at UW-Platteville, and two colleagues recently received the American Society of Criminology Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime’s 2019 Outstanding Article Award at the organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California.

Horrific Crime Scene revisited Event

UW-Platteville Horrific Crime Scene Revisited exhibit offers mystery, intrigue

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
UW-Platteville students, faculty and staff and Platteville community members helped solve a simulated crime at the ninth annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event held recently at Rountree Gallery in Platteville.

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Criminal justice students gain critical skills during drill with area SWAT team

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Nineteen criminal justice students recently gained critical skills in tactical response and hostage negotiations during a “barricaded subjects, armed and with hostages” scenario drill conducted by the Grant/Iowa County Crisis Resolution Team, the county’s special weapons and tactics law enforcement unit.

Panel participants

Strobl joins international team, shares policy ideas with UK Parliament

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Staci Strobl, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been asked to join an international team of scholars convened by the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianization project, based at the Richardson Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Lancaster in Lancashire, England.

Nicholas Drott

Alumnus credits restorative justice experience for career success

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

There are moments in life when a decision to explore something new turns out to be life-changing, both personally and professionally.


Tim Juedes

Pioneer Spotlight: Timothy Juedes

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Tim Juedes, a lecturer of criminal justice, is a UW-Platteville alumnus and has taught forensic investigation courses at the university since spring 2015. His specialties are fingerprint analysis and criminalistics.

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Criminal Justice Programs Featured in Two Rankings for Best Online Degrees

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Amanda Miller

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville criminal justice programs have been recognized by Online School Report for best online degrees for 2019.


Shannon Konkol

Konkol to pursue law degree, hopes to help victims of domestic violence

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Shannon Konkol credits outstanding professors and unique, hands-on learning experiences for helping her gain the knowledge, skills and confidence she needs to continue her journey toward her career goal: to earn a law degree and represent victims of domestic violence.


Kyle Engels at Commencement on May 11, 2019

Engels accepted into doctoral program at University of Colorado-Boulder

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

As Kyle Engels walked across the stage at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s commencement ceremony on May 11, he felt a mixture of emotions, including happiness, pride and excitement.


Dr. Staci Strobl

Strobl presents at United Nations session on women

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Dr. Staci Strobl, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, recently presented at the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held March 11-22 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.


Asia attended the Division of Professional Studies’ spring 2018 commencement reception with her parents.

Degree program leads to discovery of new passion

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Cheryl Lange

As the Human Trafficking Case Manager at Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Asia Jackson provides advocacy to survivors of trafficking and develops trainings on human trafficking for the community and service providers.


Javier Pena and Steve Murphy

Inspirations of NARCOS to be Distinguished Lecturers

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Abbey Pignatari

Steve Murphy and Javier Peña are former DEA agents who successfully hunted down and captured the Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar, the head of the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s and 1990s.


Spenser Wingert

Alumnus credits undergraduate professors, internships for success in law school

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Fueled by a strong work ethic and a desire to pursue a career in which he can create lasting social change, University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumnus Spencer Wingert is already well on his way to achieving one of his lifetime goals: to earn a law degree.


Chief Koval addressing students

Madison police chief talks with students about police-community relations

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

More than 100 University of Wisconsin-Platteville criminal justice and forensic investigation students, faculty and staff recently gained knowledge and insight into police-community relations from an expert in the f