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Dr. LaNina N. Cooke, Acting Chair of Criminal Justice

Dr. LaNina N. Cooke

Acting Chair
Criminal Justice
 Sinclair Hall 202
 9:00am - 4:00pm


2013 - PhD., Criminal Justice and Public Policy
          City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, NY

2009 - M.A., Criminal Justice 
          John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

2002 - M.A., Forensic Psychology
          John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

2000 - B.S., Psychology
          Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. LaNina N. Cooke CV


Prior to coming to Farmingdale State College in 2015, Dr. LaNina N. Cooke worked for 8 years in Local government, working to reduce recidivism and increase public safety. In addition, she has served in research capacities, examining recidivism, drugs court effectiveness and prison rape and sexual assault. Her area of interest include juvenile justice systems, prisoner reentry, and policing, especially with the examination of their associated policies and connection to ecology. 

In 2015, her book Structure Matters: Predicting Juvenile Justice System Behavior was published, focusing on risk assessments, prosecution decisions, and sanctioning as it relates to local ecological structures and crime. In her professional experience, she has served on numerous panels and advisory committees, and currently serves as Interim President of Protect New York, a think-tank that blends practitioner knowledge and academic research in the effort to protect people and structures from terrorism.

Campus Times Article: August 29, 2016


Cooke, L.N. (2015). Structure Matters: Predicting Juvenile Justice System Behavior. Eds. Criminal Justice: Recent Scholarship

*McCoy, C. (2010). Do Drugs Courts Work? For What, Compared to What? Qualitative Results from a Natural Experiment. Victims and Offenders, 5(1).

Cooke, L.N. (2008). Community Crime Control. In V.N. Parillo (Ed). Encyclopedia of Social Problems (pp. 150-152).

*Western, B. (2007) Report on the Evaluation of the ComALERT Prisoner Reentry Program. Office of the Kings County District Attorney.


2017 Farmingdale State College - Title III Department of Education Student First Grant Award Recipient


CRJ 100      Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 101      Law Enforcement and Community Relations
CRJ 102      Juvenile Delinquency
CRJ 200W   Criminal Investigation 
CRJ 201      Criminalistics  
CRJ 203      Criminology