Nationally Renowned Criminal Justice
Scholar to Speak at MCCC April 4


Nationally recognized 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 Trenton Road.

A well-known 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.

Candace McCoy

In 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 Press, 2005).

Dr. 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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