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Wayne J. Pitts
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E-mail: wpitts@memphis.edu
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152 
315 McCord Hall
Department: (901) 678-2737
Office: (901) 678-5662
FAX: (901) 678-5279

Education

2003 Ph.D. Sociology, University of New Mexico
Dissertation Title: "Recent Mexican Immigration to the Rural South: A Case Study in Western North Carolina"
1995 M.A. Sociology, University of New Mexico
M.A. Thesis Title: “Political Violence and Tourism: A Case Analysis of Chiapas, Mexico.”
1991 B.A. Anthropology and Sociology,Western Carolina University

Positions Held

2010 Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, University of Memphis
2004-2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, University of Memphis
1999-2004 Senior Research Scientist, Center for Applied Research and Analysis, Institute for Social Research, University of New Mexico

Publications

Edited/Translated Books
Guia de Oaxaca – Guide to Oaxaca. with Jose A. Rodriquez Garnelo et al. Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MEXICO: SIGEC Mexicana S.A. de C.V. 1997

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Dupont, R. & Pitts, W.J. Officer injury by assault in mental health crisis calls: CIT experiences in Memphis, TN. In progress…

Pitts, W.J. & Nalla, M. Foreign born Academics in Criminal Justice.  Journal of Criminal Justice Education.  In progress…

Pitts, W.J. & Taylor, H.D. (Forthcoming). The relationship between occupational stress and gender for probation/parole officers: A web-based sample from 15 states. Journal of Criminal Justice. Submitted 11/2008, Revise & resubmit decision, 5/1/2009.

Womack, C., Ryder, K., & Pitts, W.J.  Comorbidity and low self-rated health are associated with non attendance at osteoporosis screening.  Journal of General Internal Medicine. Submitted 4/5/2010. 

Pitts, W.J., Givens, E. & McNeeley, S. (2009). The need for a holistic approach toin specialized domestic violence court programming: Evaluating offender rehabilitation needs and recidivism. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 60(3). 

Pitts, W.J. (2009). From the Benches and Trenches: Dealing with outstanding warrants for deceased individuals. Justice System Journal, 30(2).

Pitts, W.J., Giacopassi, D. & Turner, K.B. (2009).  The cultural legacy of the OJ Simpson trial.  Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, 10(1), Spring, 2009.

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Pitts, W.J. & Coleman, J.  (2007). Training issues in corrections administration: Inter-agency collaboration in Shelby County, Tennessee.  Corrections Compendium, 32(5), September/October, 1-8.

        

Pitts, W.J. (2007). Educational competency as an indicator of occupational stress for probation and parole officers.  American Journal of Criminal Justice, 32 (1-2): 57-73.

Pitts, W.J. (2006). Shelby County’s training advisory committee: Developing a collaborative corrections training program.  LJN Exchange: Journal of the National Institute of Corrections Large Jail Network. July 2006.

Pitts, W.J. (2006). Measuring recidivism in a juvenile drug court: Systematic outcome study of a juvenile drug court using historical information.”  Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, 3(1):17-34.

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“Deceased Individuals with Outstanding Warrants.” International Journal of Law and Information Technology. Currently under review-submitted 11/2008.

“The cultural legacy of the OJ Simpson trial” (with D. Giacopassi and KB Turner). Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Currently under revision for resubmission.

“Training issues in corrections administration: Inter-agency collaboration in Shelby County, Tennessee” (with J. Coleman). Corrections Compendium, 32(5), September/October, 2007, 1-8.

“Educational competency as an indicator of occupational stress for probation and parole officers.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, 32 (1-2): 57-73.

“Shelby County’s training advisory committee: Developing a collaborative corrections training program.” LJN Exchange: Journal of the National Institute of Corrections Large Jail Network. July 2006.

“Measuring Recidivism in a Juvenile Drug Court: Systematic Outcome Study of a Juvenile Drug Court Using Historical Information.” Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, January 2006, 3(1):17-34.

Book Chapters

Pitts, W.J., Campbell, M.F. & Trimm, L.G.  (2011). Juvenile disproportionate minority contact (DMC): The effects of early justice system involvement In Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) A Historical and Contemporary Perspective Policies and Practices that Drive DMC. Edited by Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.

Pitts, W.J. (2010).  Overview of Criminal Justice in Guatemala. In Crime and Punishment Around the World.  Edited by Graeme Newman, Greenwood Press: Westport, CT. 

Giacopassi, D. & Pitts, W. (2008).  Internet Gambling: The Birth of a Victimless Crime? In Crimes of the Internet.  Edited by Frank Schmalleger and Michael Pittaro.  Prentice Hall.

Pitts, W.J. (2007). Syllabi and student projects in comparative criminal justice.”  In Teaching About Comparative/International Criminal Justice: Resource Manual.  Edited by Harry Dammer and Philip Reichel, ACJS International Section, 2007.

Pitts, W. and Guerin, P. (1998).  Indian Gaming in New Mexico: An Historical Overview with Implications for Tourism. In Tourism and Gaming on American Indian Lands.  Edited by Alan A. Lew and George A. Van Otten.  Tourism Dynamics Series, Cognizant Communications Corporation.

Pitts, W.J. (1996). Tourism in Chiapas, Mexico: Zapata Lives – Tourism Falters.” In Tourism, Crime and International Security Issues.  Edited by Abraham Pizam and Yoel Mansfeld. London, England: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Tom Bell.” In Notorious Lives From History. Edited by Chris Moose. Salem Press, 2007.

“William Walker.” In Notorious Lives From History. Edited by Chris Moose. Salem Press, 2007.

“John Richard Brinkley.” In Notorious Lives From History. Edited by Chris Moose. Salem Press, 2007.

“Illegal Aliens.” In Criminal Justice. Edited by Phyllis Gerstenfeld. Salem Press, 2005.

“Citizenship and Convicted Felons.” In Criminal Justice. Edited by Phyllis Gerstenfeld. Salem Press, 2005.

"Mexican Immigration to the US: 1848-2000." In The Encyclopedia of American Immigration. Edited by James Ciment and Immanuel Ness. M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 2001.

Reviews and Commentary

“Subdued Reaction to Simpson Conviction”. Radio commentary on National Public Radio (NPR) for All Things Considered Program, October 4, 2008.

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“Creating Opportunities for Corrections Staff Training through Interagency Cooperation: The Experiences of Shelby County, Tennessee”. In The Southern Regional Communicator, An e-publication of the Southern Regional Training Initiative (RTI) Team, National Institute of Corrections, July 2006(3).

Measuring Theories of Crime and Deviance, by Marvin Krohn, Charis Kubrin, and Thomas Stuckey, for Roxbury Publishing Company, Los Angeles, California, March 2004.

The Quest for the Other: Ethnic Tourism in San Cristobál, Mexico, (by Pierre Van Den Berghe) in “The Australia/New Zealand Annals of Leisure Studies (ANZALS) Research Series.” Canberra, Australia: Fall 1995.

Technical Reports and Working Papers (last 5 years)

Juvenile Day Reporting Centers: Promising Approaches. (Pitts, W.) March 26, 2009.

Codebook Report: University of Tennessee Health Science Center Benchmark Public Awareness Study. (Pitts, W.) February 28, 2009

Codebook Report: Religion and Intimate Partner Violence Survey. (Pitts, W.) February 26, 2009.

Elder Abuse Reporting to Law Enforcement in the State of Tennessee: A Study Conducted for the Tennessee Vulnerable Adult Coalition (TVAC). (Pitts, W., McNeeley, S., and Christoff, T.). January 28, 2009.

Sampling Report: Religion and Intimate Partner Violence Survey. (Pitts, W.) December 15, 2008.

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Sampling Report: How can we reduce barriers to bone density testing? (Pitts, W.) November 15, 2008.

Early Childhood Development Polls in Memphis and Shelby County, 2003 – 2008. (Lord, G. and Pitts, W.). October 1, 2008.

Reports of Elder and Vulnerable Adults Received by the Memphis Police Department, January 1, 2008 – May 8, 2008: A Summary of Form 1215.  (Pitts, W.) August 13, 2008.

Public Attitudes Toward Littering in Tennessee: May 19 – June 5, 2008, Survey of 622 Tennesseans. (Pitts, W. and Lord, G.). June 12, 2008.

Sampling Report: Public Attitudes Toward Littering in Tennessee. (Pitts, W.).  June 12, 2008.

Perception of Emergency Preparedness in Shelby County. (Pitts, W., Norris-Tirrell, D., Hill, A., and Dupont, R.).  January 31, 2008.

Shelby County District Attorney General’s Truancy Reduction Project: A Review of the First Year. (Pitts, W and Williams, Y). August 1, 2007

Outcome Study of the Domestic Violence Repeat Offender Program in Bernalillo County.  (Pitts, W. and G. Givens) April 2007.

Measuring Demand for an Urban Affairs and Public Policy Ph.D. Program in the Mid-South, (Pitts, W). May 2006.

Estimated Enrollment/Graduation/Retention Figures: Proposed Ph.D. Program in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. (Pitts, W.) May 2006.

Outlining the Processes and Intermediate Outcomes of a Specialized Court Initiative in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Domestic Violence Repeat Offender Program (DVROP). (Pitts, W). November 2005.

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Developing an Innovative and Collaborative Corrections Training Program: Experiences of the Shelby County Training Advisory Committee. (Pitts, W. and Coleman, J.). July 2005

Career Development and Professional Retardation among Corrections Professionals. Shelby County Prison and Jail Administrators (Federal, State and County), (Pitts, W. and Baker, B.) December 2004.

Considerations of Regional Care Coordination, Treatment Accessibility and the Albuquerque Transitional Reporting Center. (Pitts, W.) May 2004.

Preliminary Cost Study of the Eleventh Judicial District Court Juvenile Drug Court: Cost per Program and Cost per Day. (Guerin, P. and Pitts, W.) March 2004.

Eleventh Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court Process Evaluation. (Pitts, W. and Guerin, P.) April 2004.

Report on Deceased Individuals with Warrants. (Pitts, W. and Guerin, P.) March 2004.

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Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) Addiction Treatment Program Client Program Survey Re-Design. (Guerin, P. and Pitts, W.) February 2004.

Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) Addiction Treatment Program Client Program Survey Review. (Guerin, P. and Pitts, W.) February 2004.

Newspaper Articles

La Prensa Latina (with L. Basogain-Negroni, S. McNeeley and L. Mora)
Como Evitar un Robo de Auto, July 5, 2008
Por ley, debe tener seguro contra terceros, June 20, 2008.
La importancia de no dejar a un niño a solas en casa, May 23, 2008.
Conducir bajo los efectos del alcohol, May 16, 2008.
La importancia del GED y cómo obtenerlo, April 18, 2008.
El programa Head Start, March 28, 2008.
El proceso de solicitud de asistencia por desastre de FEMA, February 22, 2008.
La violencia doméstica, February 8, 2008.

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