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Dr. Jaya Davis

Assistant Professor
Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Davis received a Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University is 2010.  In addition, Dr. Davis holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.A. in Criminology, both from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  In addition to UTA, Jaya has taught at Prairie View A&M University and University of Houston – Clear Lake. She began teaching at UTA in the Fall of 2010.

Service Learning Class

CRCJ 4333: Institutional Corrections (3-0) Examination and evaluation of practices, issues, and trends in institutional corrections. Emphasis is on administration, organization, and effectiveness of incarceration.

Academic Outcomes

  • Critically assess issues and trends in criminal corrections
  • Understand administration and organization of criminal corrections
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of criminal corrections

Service Learning Project

Aging and Disabled Offender Population

The goal of this project is to assist students in their ability to critically assess criminal justice policies and their societal implications. Specifically addressing the incarceration boom, including long-term incarceration and the aging prison population, we have partnered with the regional director for medical and mental health parole for north and east Texas. Students who choose to participate in the service-learning portion of this course are partnered with a resident parolee. Service resulting from this project is three-fold; parolee, student, and community. The projected service offered to the parolee is enhanced quality of life. Many of the residents have strained or non-existent family relationships due to the choices they have made that resulted in their involvement in the criminal justice system and their often long-term incarceration; consequently, many have few visitors. The community benefits through information sharing between the student and the facility as well as the medical parole director. Both the facility and the director have limited time to devote to their numerous charges. The student acts as a liaison to help better understand the needs of the parolee in an attempt to reduce behavioral issues that can result in parole revocation. Finally, the students, many of which are planning careers in the criminal justice system, gain insight into the consequences of policy decisions and an understanding of a growing population of offenders. This will assist them when working directly with this population or offering advice toward or making future policy.

Partners:

  • Rex Gerstner – TDCJ – Human Services Specialist
  • Lake Worth Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Fort Worth Manor
  • Westhaven Nursing Home
  • Wellington Oaks
  • Southaven Nursing Home
  • Westridge Nursing Home