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Three undergraduate students will study the new Three Strikes Law in New Zealand as part of SHSU’s first summer research award.

CJ Undergrads Win Summer Research Award

Three undergraduate students from the College of Criminal Justice will spend the summer researching a new “three-strikes” law half a world away.

Sara Winbigler, Kevin Madden and Kelsie Newman were among three teams awarded the first Undergraduate Research Summer Stipend at Sam Houston State University. Along with faculty adviser Dr. Matt Nobles, the students will study the impact of a new three-strikes law enacted in New Zealand in 2010, which imposes harsher sentences on people convicted of three or more serious criminal offenses. The students will have the opportunity to travel to Brisbane in October to present their findings at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology’s 26th annual conference.

Winbigler, a junior in the Honors College, developed the proposal after completing an evaluation of American three-strikes law for a class. She soon learned that New Zealand was the most recent country in the world to adopt the crime-fighting strategy.

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