Lacey Wallace

Lacey
Wallace

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Expertise:

  • Social Sciences
  • Law and Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Gun Control

About

  • Research has three main areas: first, the influence of siblings and peers on delinquency and substance use through social networks; second, weapon carrying, gun ownership and gun acquisition behavior; and third, the effects of intervention and policy on these processes.
  • Previously worked with D. Wayne Osgood and the PROSPER Peers Project at Penn State studying adolescent social networks and their effects on delinquency.

Lacey Wallace is an assistant professor of criminal justice focusing on quantitative methods, families and juvenile delinquency. Wallace’s research has three main areas: the influence of siblings and peers on delinquency and substance use through social networks; weapon carrying, gun ownership and gun acquisition behavior; and the effects of intervention and policy on these processes. Previously, she worked with Wayne Osgood and the PROSPER Peers Project at Penn State, studying adolescent social networks and their effects on delinquency.

In The Media

"Gun violence is a public health issue. It's a leading cause of premature death in the United States, killing more people each year than diseases like HIV, hypertension and viral hepatitis."

"As a researcher who studies criminal justice, I believe verifying school shooting reports with a media search may reduce errors without placing undue burden on schools. Double-checking each reported shooting is time-consuming and costly. Unfortunately, so are the consequences of getting the count incorrect."

"Lack of funding leaves some researchers, like myself, limited to small-scale studies with a low budget. The problem with studies like these is that they are often based on samples that are not nationally representative. That means we can’t generalize from the findings or address all the questions we might have."

Can A New Smart Gun Crack The Firearms Market?

from Huffington Post September 7, 2018

“In the past, the megacompanies haven’t wanted to touch smart guns because they don’t want to alienate everyone who wants to buy traditional weapons, which is their main clientele. But if LodeStar can basically demonstrate that folks are willing to buy, they might be interested, and then you’d get the name recognition there that would carry a lot of weight among gun owners.”

3 questions about the FISA court answered

from Salon February 8, 2018

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