November 9, 2015 Ribbon Cutting

The Center for Community Criminology and Research

The Center for Community Criminology and Research (CCCR) will serve as a clearing house for the dissemination of information to those interested in achieving a reduction in crime and delinquency. The mission of the CCCR is consistent with the University of the Memphis by serving as a resource for the community by addressing issues of crime and delinquency.

National public opinion polls consistently show that crime is viewed as one of the most serious problems plaguing society.

Although Tennessee does not lead the country in high crime and delinquency rates, there are pockets of major concern in the western section of the state. While this does not bode well, it does mean that Tennessee must continue to examine the various social, institutional and criminogenic factors that lead to high rates of crime and delinquency.

There is no single approach to crime reduction, but rather there must be a multifaceted approach involving criminologists,other social scientists, practitioners, policy makers, legislators as well as the community at large. This is not an easy task. The efforts must be coordinated, objective and involve best practices grounded and supported by research.

To that end, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis established an on campus community resource site at Lambuth. This site will be for research, education and training of criminal justice professionals including judges, attorneys, policy makers, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and citizens. In other words, those interested in achieving a reduction in crime and delinquency.

(Photo above left to right: Dr. K.B. Turner, Chair Dept. Criminology and Criminal Justice; Ed Jackson, TN State Sen Jimmy Eldridge, TN State Rep. Jerry Gist, Mayor, City of Jackson, TN; Dr. Tom Nenon, Dean College of Arts and Sciences, Bill Gibbons, TN Commissioner of Homeland Security and Public Safety; Derrick Scholofield, TN Commissioner of Correction; Jerry Woodall, Attorney General TN Twenty Sixth District, Dr. Niles Reddick, Vice Provost, University of Memphis Lambuth)