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September 7, 2012

DWU’s criminal justice professor named to journal’s editorial board

MITCHELL — Jesse Weins, assistant professor of criminal justice at Dakota Wesleyan University, was recently appointed to the editorial board of Contemporary Justice Review, the research journal of the Justice Studies Association (JSA) published by Routledge.

“The focus of the journal is what’s called ‘restorative justice,’ and I am happy to assist with its publication,” Weins said.

According to the journal’s website, the Contemporary Justice Review “is an interdisciplinary journal for scholars, activists, and practitioners of social and restorative justice around the globe who seek to design and implement models of justice that take into account the needs of all.”

The journal covers such topics as: social and restorative justice theory; restorative justice demonstration projects; peacemaking criminology; state crimes and healing from genocide; peaceful methods of conflict resolution; truth and reconciliation commissions; environmental justice; critiques of criminal justice institutions and law; structural issues of justice in the family, school, and workplace; utopian visions of a just society; and non-violent, needs-meeting solutions to needs-denying, power-based social arrangements.

Weins also presented “Religious Liberty and Sex Discrimination in Health Care Benefits” during this summer’s annual Justice Studies Association conference, which was hosted at Loyola University, Chicago.

“I presented about the religious liberty issues at stake regarding the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ recent legislative healthcare mandate that requires employers to fund contraceptive and abortifacient drugs as part of the employees’ insurance benefits packages,” Weins said. “My presentation reviewed the legal issues and arguments surrounding this debate and offered potential legislative solutions, including alternative methods of employer-funded pregnancy prevention.”

Weins earned his bachelor’s degree from DWU in 2003 and worked at several juvenile correctional facilities before graduating with distinction in 2007 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, where he served as an executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review and a symposium issue editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

His work has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including the Tennessee Law Review, the Nebraska Law Review and Michigan State University’s Journal of Medicine & Law. His work has been recognized by a U.S. Federal District Court, USA Today, and The New York Times.

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