Mercyhurst junior earns high marks at criminal justice educators conference


Mercyhurst University junior Mandi Linz, a criminal justice major concentrating in pre-law, was recognized for academic excellence with two awards during the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (PACJE) held recently at Lock Haven University.

In the student paper competition, Linz received the award for “Outstanding Undergraduate Paper.”  Her research on child abuse examined the outcomes and legislative reforms that occurred after the Penn State scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky.  Her paper is titled Legislative Reforms Protecting Children from Abuse: A Review of PA Initiatives.

In addition, Linz was selected as the outstanding undergraduate criminal justice student and awarded the 2014 PACJE Undergraduate Scholarship.

At Mercyhurst, she is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and is a Dean’s List scholar.  She is also an undergraduate research assistant with the Mercyhurst Civic Institute, where she is studying the outcomes of Pennsylvania Act 33, which automatically transfers juvenile offenders to the adult criminal justice system. 

In February 2014, at the Annual Meeting of Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences held in Philadelphia, Linz presented a poster session paper on child abuse and federal initiatives to address children exposed to violence.



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