Christopher J. Marier

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Christopher J. Marier is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. His teaching and research currently focuses primarily on policing, race, and theories of social control. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he worked in law enforcement, including assignments in patrol and school policing. He is a recipient of the University of South Florida Graduate Fellowship Award, the ACJS International Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, and the Appalachian State University Undergraduate Research Council Grant. His research has been published in leading journals, including Justice Quarterly, Criminology and Public Policy, and Homicide Studies.


Turmoil in courts on gun laws in wake of justices’ ruling | AP News

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment is upending gun laws across the country, dividing judges and sowing confusion over what firearm restrictions can remain on the books. The high court’s ruling that set new standards for evaluating gun laws left open many questions, experts say, resulting in an increasing number of …

Public outrage over Nichols’ beating collides with Washington bureaucracy on police reform | CNN Politics

President Joe Biden referenced the failed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in his statement about Nichols on Friday, and many leaders – from the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio – are acknowledging a potential role for federal legislation. …

Matthews Police Department plans to correct inaccurate crime statistics

The Matthews Police Department plans to correct inaccurate crime statistics reported to the public from 2018 to 2022 following an internal personnel investigation by the US ISS Agency. One month into her role as town manager, Becky Hawke initiated the investigation based on what she described as “credible information from members of the department that …