Renowned Criminal Justice
Scholar to Speak at MCCC April 4
scholar Candace McCoy, J.D., Ph.D., will present a lecture at Mercer
County Community College entitled "Pre-Trial Reform in New
Jersey: Can It Reduce Incarceration Disparity?" on Weds.,
April 4 at 12 noon. Her lecture is presented free to the public
as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series and will be held
on the college's West
Windsor campus in the Communications Building, CM109, 1200 Old
specialist in issues related to plea bargaining and the right to
trial by jury, Dr. McCoy will discuss opportunities for sentencing
reform in New Jersey, particularly changes that could address the
disproportionate number of poor and minority inmates that make up
the current prison population.
2005, Dr. McCoy joined the faculty at The Graduate Center of the City
University of New York/John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to
that, she was a professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal
Justice in Newark for 13 years. In 1997 she was elected executive counselor
for the American Society of Criminology, a position she held until 2000.
She served as a senior research associate for the United States Sentencing
Commission in Washington, D.C., from 1987 to 1989.
Dr. McCoy is the author of "Politics of Plea Bargaining: Victims'
Rights in California" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993). She
co-authored, with Malcolm Feeley and Jerome Skolnick, the textbook entitled
"Criminal Justice: Introductory Cases and Materials" (Foundation
McCoy received her Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University
of California, Berkeley in 1987; a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati
in 1977, when she was admitted to both the Ohio and federal bars; and
her B.A. cum laude in both Spanish and political science from Hiram College
in Ohio in 1974.
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