The Poverty and Crime Research Group is a group of four students (2 from UMD's CCJS program and 2 from UMBC's Social Work program) who conducted a qualitative study on the relationship between crime and poverty in Montgomery County, in coordination with the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission (CJCC). Leaders from all Montgomery County (and some state) agencies engaged in our criminal justice system were present at the presentation of preliminary findings to the CJCC. They were impressed not only with the information shared by the students, but with their poise and presentation style in representing their respective institutions and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG).
USG's CAS (specifically Adam Binkley) worked with them throughout last semester to engage them in group work, provide wonderful writing and presentation tools, and generally offer them positive energy and morale when the project seemed overwhelming.
Pictured are the students with the chair and vice-chair of the CJCC and a representative from the Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention.