Criminal Justice

Dr. Y. Gail Hurst

Chair / Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program

Dr. Hurst’s interests center on juvenile perceptions and experiences related to the criminal justice system, and issues surrounding gender and crime. Recent research with youths in the Midwest has led to a series of articles on the determinants of juveniles’ attitudes towards the police, and a comparative analysis of black and white youths’ attitudes and perceptions of police treatment. Dr. Hurst has also published articles related to the criminal justice ideology of youths and the experiences and attitudes of teenage girls as they relate to the justice system. Dr. Hurst’s research on women in the criminal justice system includes a book chapter and a current research project that explore rehabilitative programs available to women.