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Dr. Paul Lucas

Assistant Professor

Paul LucasFort Hays State University
Rarick Hall 233



Ph.D., Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2009
B.A., Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007






Dr. Lucas joined the Department of Criminal Justice in 2016. He received his doctorate from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Lucas worked within the magisterial, criminal, and problem-solving court system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was also a liaison to community corrections offices and local and state correctional institutions. His research focuses on problem-solving courts, veterans' treatment courts, and criminal justice policy and involves quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches. In addition, Dr. Lucas is also interested in the application of justice within the United States court system and sentencing outcomes. His research has been published in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry and the Criminal Justice Policy Review.


Courses Taught:

CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 200 - Criminology
CRJ 275 - Crime & Society
CRJ 320 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRJ 345 - Community Corrections
CRJ 355 - Criminal Investigation
CRJ 380 - Crime & Media
CRJ 399 - Criminal Justice Research
CRJ 855 - Situational Ethics

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