Cyndi Banks

Cyndi Banks Professor
Northern Arizona University
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Phone: 928-523-6522
http://www2.nau.edu/clb5/NAU_Cyndi_Banks/Welcome.html

Currently Serving as Associate Vice-Provost/Associate Dean of University College

Education

PhD, University of Cambridge 1997 

Professional interests

  • children's rights
  • juvenile justice
  • human rights
  • justice ethics
  • transnational justice
  • cultural criminology
  • gender and justice

Academic interests and affiliations

I continue to conduct international research and participate in development projects in juvenile justice, children's rights, gender mainstreaming, and justice policy in various developing countries including Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Iraq and East Timor.  I have published widely on comparative criminological issues as well as on rule of law, gender, juvenile justice and punishment. 

My most recent book is a Third Edition of Criminal Justice Ethics: Theory and Practice, published by Sage. My book, "Alaska Native Juveniles in Detention: A Qualitative Study of Treatment and Resistance"concerns issues of power, resistance and culture in a juvenile institution.  I have more than 25 years of experience of research and project implementation in developing countries.  I am an expert on juvenile justice protection, gender issues, justice policy, probation and parole, criminal justice ethics and on capacity building in the justice system. 

My strengths are in institutional capacity building in the justice sector, especially with government ministries and departments: gender mainstreaming; legal reform especially justice policy reform and juvenile justice reform and protection; judicial, police and associated training in criminal justice ethics.  I am the author of a standard US textbook on criminal justice ethics (now in its second edition) and have taught ethics for many years.

My experience in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Iraq, Sudan and East Timor has focused on capacity building in the justice sector.  I am an expert trainer in children's rights, juvenile justice, international standards and have produced numerous situational assessments, handbooks and manuals covering child protection, probation and parole practice and counseling skills used by criminal justice agencies. 

I have developed rule of law policies for human rights protection and have worked at the highest levels of government, interacting with ministers, heads of departments, and line officers as well as judges, magistrates, police and correctional officials.  I have designed projects and developed strategies to implement them.

I bring my international experience into the classroom in courses such as International Human Rights; Youth and Justice; Struggles for global Justice; Women Crime and Justice; Comparative Criminal Justice; Dilemmas in Justice; and Comparative Perspectives on Gender and Justice focusing on the Third World.

Recent publications and projects 

(2012). Criminal Justice Ethics. Edition 3. Sage Publications.

(2011). "Protecting the Rights of the Child: Regulating Restorative Justice and Indigenous Practices in Southern Sudan and East Timor". International Journal of Children's Rights. Volume 19 (2)

(2011). “The Other Cultural Criminology: The Role of Action Research in Justice Work and Development.” In David Gadd, Susanne Karstadt & Steven Messner Eds. The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods. Sage Publications.

(2011). "Evaluation of 'Strengthening Juvenile Justice in Myanmar". UNICEF Project. July 2011.

(2010). “Reconstructing Justice in Iraq: Promoting the Rule of Law in a Post-Conflict State”.  Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, Volume 2, Issue 2.

(2010) Situational Assessment: Justice For Children In Kurdistan. Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs and UNICEF. Erbil, Kurdistan. August.

(2009). Alaska Native Juveniles in Detention: A Qualitative Study of Treatment and Resistance. Lewiston, Queenston and Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press.

(2009). Criminal Justice Ethics: Theory and Practice, Edition 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

(2009). “The Importance of Ethics in Criminal Justice.” In Mary Maquire and Dan Okada. Critical Issues of Crime and Criminal Justice. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.    

(2008) Situational Assessment: Justice For Children In Timor-Leste. Justice Facility. Dili, Timor-Leste. September.

(2007) Children in Contact with the Law: A Bench Book for Judges & Legal Counsel in Southern Sudan. Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Development, November.

(2007) Children in Contact with the Law: A Handbook for Police in Southern Sudan, Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Development, Juba, November.

(2007) Juvenile Justice Training for Police & Prison Officers: A New Juvenile Justice System in Southern Sudan. Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Development. October.

(2007) Juvenile Justice Training for Judges & Legal Counsel: A New Juvenile Justice System in Southern Sudan. Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Development. October.

(2007) Juvenile Justice Training for Social Workers: A New Juvenile Justice System in Southern Sudan. Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Development. October.