Here is where you will find announcements for CJS/SOC 220. Please check this page at least two or three times each week. Usually you won't find anything but you may occasionally find changes to the class schedule, reading assignments, quizzes, etc.


Please note that students are not permitted to leave early for Columbus Day weekend or Thanksgiving break or to return late from those breaks if it causes them to miss class in CJS/SOC 220. If you miss the class just before or after those breaks, you will have to provide a doctor's note. Failure to provide such a documented medical excuse will result either in the student being required to drop the class or being required to do an additional assignment, at the discretion of the instructor.


Additional Required Assignments:

For class on February 20, you are required to read the Supreme Court decison in Mapp v. Ohio (1961) including all concurring and dissenting opinions.

For class on February 22, you are required to read the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Russell (1973) including all dissenting opinions.

You will NOT be allowed to stay in class on those dates if you have not read those cases!

There is a link which will enable you to find the full text of these cases in the Supreme Court Case Analysis section of the course home page.


The quiz scheduled for Thursday, February 1, is postponed due to a problem accessing the Armstrong reading. The quiz will now be held on Tuesday, February 6. I hope the problem with the reading will be resolved today.



The library tells me that the problem with the link to the Armstrong article is resolved. However, I am still have trouble accessing it. In case you still have trouble accessing it in the library reserves, you should be able to find it at:



Dear CJS/SOC 220 student,

The announcement below involves an extraordinary summer opportunity to do work in criminal analytics over the summer. This involves a $5000 stipend among other benefits.

Dear Colleague,

The University of North Carolina - Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte) has been awarded a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in the area of Crime Analytics from the National Science Foundation.  Briefly, 10 undergraduate students will be selected to work on data-driven research with faculty in the Criminal Justice and Criminology, Geography, and Computer Science Departments at UNC-Charlotte.  Among many other benefits, students will receive a $5,000 stipend and will have their housing provided on campus (see attachment for more detail).

I am writing to ask you to please share this opportunity with your undergraduate students.  The website where students learn more about the REU and apply to the program is located at:

If you or your students have questions about the program, feel free to contact:

Michael Turner, Principal Investigator

Beth Bjerregaard, Co-Principal Investigator

Matthew Phillips, Co-Principal Investigator/Project Director

Thank you in advance for sharing this opportunity with your undergraduate students!

Warm regards,

Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
UNC Charlotte | Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
9201 University City Blvd | Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704-769-5554 | Fax: 704-687-5285

The optional mid-term examination will take place on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 pm, in room G203.



As announced in class, there will be a change in the quiz schedule. Quiz 10, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, will instead be given on Thursday, April 12. Please make sure you have done the reading for Quiz 10 by April 12.



The final examination will be held in room 100 in the Science Center Annex.



All of the quizzes that you can retake or make up on the final exam will be three questions (instead of four) and you answer any two.  This is because one of the questions will be a repeat from the quiz during the semester.  Check with me if you have any questions.