Criminology and Justice Studies

Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty

Vickie Jensen, Department Chair

Vickie JensenDr. Vickie Jensen, Department Chair

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 165
Email: vickie.jensen@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:Gender & Crime; Criminal Justice & Penology; Victimization; Deviance; Domestic Violence; Criminological Theory; Field Methods & Ethnomethodology, Race Class & Gender Equality; Writing in the Social Sciences; Psychology & Social Psychology of Offending & Victimization.

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Bruce Zucker, Associate Chair , 3 + 3 BA / JD Faculty Lead

Bruce Zucker Bruce Zucker, Esq.,

Associate Chair

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164A
Email: bruce.zucker@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:  Criminal Law; Federal Sentencing; White Collar Crime; Parole & Community Corrections.

Professor Zucker teaches most of the law and legal classes. For the Fall 2021 term, Prof. Zucker is teaching CJS 320 Intro to Criminal Law (section 03), and the CJS 494 B / BB Internship and Field Experience classes (section 01 of both), that relate to the courts and the legal systems.

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James David Ballard

Dr. James David BallardDr. James David Ballard

Office: Sierra Hall, room 165
Email: james.ballard@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:  Terrorism; Energy Security; Radiological & Nuclear Transportation; Criminology & Criminal Justice; Research Methods.

Dr. Ballard teaches almost every CJS course and has created multiple classes. For Fall 2021, "Dr. Dave" is teaching two sections of CJS 340 Ethics in CJ (section 01 and 09), and CJS 360 Career Path in CJ (section 01).

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Eric Gamino

Eric Gamino Dr. Eric Gamino

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130W
Email: eric.gamino@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:  His research interests include policing and police-community relations; racial and ethnic relations; criminology; immigration and crime; U.S.-Mexico border region; and qualitative research methods. Dr. Gamino’s research interest focuses on people of color and their experiences with the criminal justice system.

Dr. Gamino teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Fall 2021 term, Dr. Gamino is teaching CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security (section 01), and both sections of CJS 494 A & AA, (sections 01 & 02 of each class) the Internship and Field Experience classes focusing on law enforcement and security.

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Marc Glidden

Marc GliddenDr. Marc Glidden

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130P
Email: marc.glidden@csun.edu

Areas of Interest: Corrections; Re-entry; Financial Capability and Crime; Social Ecology and Financial Access; Research Methods; Criminal Justice Education/Curricula.

Dr. Glidden teaches many CJS courses. For the Fall 2021 semester, Dr. Glidden is teaching CJS 344 Corrections (section 01), CJS 430 Methods, (section 02) and the corresponding 2 Methods Labs, (sections 04 & 05), and the Internship and Field Experience class related to Corrections and Reentry CJS 494 C & CC (section 01 of each).

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Katherine Lorenz

Katherine Lorenz Dr.  Katherine Lorenz

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130U
Email: katherine.lorenz@csun.edu

Areas of Interest: Victimology; Sexual violence; domestic violence/intimate partner violence; Intersectionality in victimization; Formal/institutional responses to sexual violence survivors; Help-seeking and reporting victimization; Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research

Dr. Lorenz teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Fall 2021 term, Dr. Lorenz is teaching CJS 326 Victimology, (section 01, a double enrolled course), and CJS 480 Applied Research in CJ, an Internship and Field Experience class, (section 01). Dr. Lorenz is also the CJS Internship Coordinator.

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Kay Kei-Ho Pih

Kay Kei-Ho PihDr. Kay Kei-Ho Pih

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 130B
Email: kay.pih@csun.edu

Areas of Interest: Transnational Crime; Asian Criminal Organizations; Organized Crime & Gangs; Criminological Theory.

Dr. Pih teaches multiple CJS courses. For the Fall 2021 semester, Dr. Pih is teaching 2 sections of CJS 350, Criminological Theory (sections 01 & 06), and a double enrolled section of CJS 370 CJ Systems, (section 01).

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Brianne Posey

Doctor Brianne Posey Dr. Brianne Posey 

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130V
Email: briannep@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:   Intimate partner abuse, sexual victimization, media and deviance, medico-legal procedures, violence and public health, family and delinquency, community corrections, critical race theory, feminist and intersectional criminology. 

Dr. Posey teaches a number of CJS courses, including CJS 438 Gender and CJ, CJS 454MJ Minorities and Justice, and SBS 320 Social Research. For the Fall 2021 term, Dr. Posey is teaching CJS 438 Gender and CJ (section 01), a new course, CJS 452MD Media & Crime, and SBS 320 Social Research, (section 01).

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Jimin Pyo

Jimin Pyo Dr. Jimin Pyo

Office: Sierra Hall, room 130Q
Email: jimin.pyo@csun.edu

Areas of Interest: Public attitudes and perceptions (i.e., institutional confidence, legitimacy, and fear of crime/victimization), crime prevention, scale development and measurement, research methods.

Dr. Pyo teaches CJS 430 Methods and the corresponding 430L Methods Labs, as well as SBS 320 Social Research. For the Fall 2021 term, Dr. Pyo is teaching CJS 430, CJ Methods (section 03), and the co-requisite CJS 430 Methods Lab(s), (lab sections 07 & 08), as well as two sections SBS 320 Social Research, (sections 03 and 10).

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Nayan Ramirez

Nayan RamirezDr. Nayan Ramirez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 352
Email: nayan.ramirez@csun.edu

Areas of Interest: Gender and Sexualities; Juvenile Delinquency and Justice; Peer and Social Networks; Social Inequality and the Life-Course; Health Disparities; and Quantitative Research Methods.

Dr. Ramirez teaches CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, SBS 320 Social Research, and a number of other CJS courses. For the Fall 2021 term, Dr. Ramirez is teaching CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, (section 03), and the new class CJS 452ME Mentor in CJS, (section 01) and SBS 320 Social Research (section 02).

Website: www.nayanramirez.com

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Anastasiia Timmer

Anastasiia TimmerDr. Anastasiia Timmer

OfficeSierra Hall, room 130M
Email: anastasiia.timmer@csun.edu

Areas of Interest:  

Global & comparative criminology, criminal decision-making, mental health, emotions, violent conflicts, theory testing & development, digital technologies.

For the Fall 2021 term, Dr. Timmer is teaching 2 sections of CJS 350 Criminological Theory (sections 03 & 07), and CJS 448 Global Perspective in CJ (section 01).

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Anais Valiquette L'Heureux

 Anais Valiquette L'HeureuxDr. Anais Valiquette L'Heureux

Office:  Sierra Tower, room 225
Email: anais.valiquettelheureux@csun.edu

Dr. Valiquette L'Heureux teaches in the Maters of Public Administration program and selected classes in the CJS department. 

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Shared Appointment Faculty

Victor Shaw, Sociology

Doctor Victor Shaw  Dr. Victor Shaw, Criminology and Justice Studies, & Sociology

Office:  Santa Susana Hall, room 331
Email: victor.shaw@csun.edu

Dr. Shaw teaches for the Sociology department as well as selected CJS class. For Fall 2021, Dr. Shaw is teaching CJS 340 Ethics in CJ, (section 06), and CJS 350 Criminological Theory, (section 02), as well as his Sociology courses.

Areas of Interest: Comparative Justice; Criminology; Deviance; Social Control; Substance Abuse & Treatment; Social Problems; Race & Ethnic Relations; Policy Analysis; Ethics and Research Methods.

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Mylon Winn, MPA Program

Doctor Mylon WinnDr. Mylon Winn, Special Assistant to the Dean for the Master of Public Administration Program

Office: The Masters of Public Administration office, Sierra Hall, room 271
Email: mylon.winn@csun.edu

Areas of Interest: Administrative Ethics, General Public Administration and Organizational Theory.

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Lecturers

Jaime Alanis

Jaime AlanisJaime Alanis

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: jaime.alanis@csun.edu

Professor Alanis teaches CJS 402 Gangs, and multiple sections of CJS 430 Methods and the 430 Methods Labs. For the Fall 2021 term, Dr. Alanis is teaching CJS 402 Gangs, section 02, two sections of CJS 430 Methods, sections 01 & 04, and the 4 corresponding co-requisite CJS 430L labs, sections 01, 02, 10 and 11.

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Javier Barragan

Javier Barragan Javier Barragan

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: javier.barragan@csun.edu

Professor Barragan teaches CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security. For Fall 2021, Professor Barragan is teaching CJS 334 Law Enforcement Security, section 02.

Cecillia Barron

Cecillia Barron

Cecillia Barron

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: cecillia.barron@csun.edu

Professor Barron teaches CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, CJS 360 Career Planning in CJS, CJS 418 Gender and Crime, and other CJS courses. Prof. Barron also teaches for CSUN's Sociology Department. For the Fall 2021 term, Prof. Barron is teaching CJS 302, Crim CJ & Society, section 01, CJS 310 Juvenile Justice, section 01 (a double section), CJS 370 CJ Systems, section 02, and CJS 438, Gender and Crime, section 02.

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Raqota Berger

Raqota Berger Raqota Berger

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: raqota.t.berger@csun.edu

Professor Berger teaches CJS 402 Gangs, SBS 320 Social Research and a number of other CJS courses. Professor Berger also teaches for CSUN's Sociology Department. For the Fall 2021 term, Professor Berger is teaching SBS 320 Social Research, section 04, an in person class.

 

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Jill Biondi

Jill Biondi

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
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Kimberly Bonfiglio

Kimberly BonfiglioKimberly Bonfiglio

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: kimberly.bonfiglio@csun.edu

Professor Bonfiglio teaches a number of CJS courses.  Professor Bonfiglio also teaches University 100 for the Academic First Year Experience department. For the Spring 2021 semester, Professor Bonfiglio is teaching CJS 350 Criminological Theory, section 01, and CJS 494 E and EE (Internship & Field Experience classes focusing on Community programs). 

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Bari Caine-Lomberto

Bari Caine-LombertoBari Caine-Lomberto

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: TBA

Professor Caine-Lomberto is teaching CJS 454RE Reentry Programs, section 01, for the Spring 2021 term.

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Michael Crosswhite

Michael Crosswhite

Office:  Live Oak Hall, room 1324
Email: michael.crosswhite@csun.edu

Professor Crosswhite teaches the SBS 320 Social Research class as well as teaching in the Mathematics department. For Spring 2021, Prof. Crosswhite is teaching two sections of SBS 320 Social Research, sect. 01 and 05.

 

Kenneth Delgadillo

Kenneth Delgadillo

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

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Courtney Echols

Courtney EcholsCourtney Echols

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Professor Echols area of interest include Race and Ethnicity, Historical Anti-Black Violence, Transitional Justice, Collective Memory, Culture, Social Movements, Policing

Website: CourtneyMEchols.com

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Jordan Grasso

 Jordan Grasso

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

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Professor Grasso teaches CJS 102 Intro to CJS for the Fall 2021 term.

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Brandon Harris

Brandon HarrisBrandon Harris

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: brandon.harris@csun.edu

Professor Harris teaches a number of CJS courses. For the Spring 2021 term Prof. Harris is teaching CJS 430 Methods, sect. 04 and the co-requisite labs, sections 10 and 11, as well as CJS 480 Applied Research in CJS, section 02.

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Michael Hess

Michael HessMichael Hess

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: michael.hess@csun.edu

Professor Hess teaches SBS 320 Social Research as well as multiple classes in the Psychology Dept.

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Beth Jakubanis

Beth JakubanisBeth Jakubanis

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: beth.jakubanis@csun.edu

Professor Jakubanis teaches CJS 446 Domestic Violence and other CJS courses. She also teaches for the Sociology Dept. For Spring 2021, Prf. Jakubanis is teaching CJS 446 Domestic Violence, section 01.

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Jose Juarez

Jose Juarez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email:  jose.juarez@csun.edu

Professor Juarez teaches CJS 432 Drugs, Alcohol and Crime, CJS 444 Community Corrections, CJS 446 Domestic Violence, and a number of other CJS courses. For the Spring 2021 term, Professor Juarez is teaching CJS 432 Drugs, Alcohol and Crime, section 01, and CJS 444 Community Corrections, section 01.

Jeremy Karpel

Jeremy KarpelJeremy Karpel

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164.

Areas of Interest: Criminal Law, Investigative Procedures, Criminal Procedures including Federal & Superior Courts, Defense, Appellate, and Sentencing Issues.

Professor Karpel teaches CJS 320 Introduction to Criminal Law, CJS 422 White Collar Crime and a number of other CJS courses. For the Spring 2021 term, Professor Karpel is teaching CJS 370 CJ Systems, CJS 422 White Collar Crime, and the new class CJS 454CT Criminal Courts.

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Sohyun Kim

Sohyun Kim

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: sohyun.an@csun.edu

Professor Kim teaches SBS 320 Social Science Research Methods. For Spring 2021, Professor Kim is teaching SBS 320 Social Science Research Methods, section 06.

Sandy Kriegler

Sandy Kriegler

Sandy Kriegler

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: sandy.kriegler@csun.edu

Professor Kriegler teaches CJS 320 Introduction to Criminal Law.

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Leslie Denice Labertew

Leslie Denice Labertew

(Leslie) Denice Labertew

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: leslie.labertew@csun.edu

Professor Denice Labertew teaches CJS 102 Introduction to CJS, CJS 320 Intro to Criminal Law, CJS 326 Victimology, CJS 452AV Advocacy, and many other CJS courses. For the Spring 2021 term, Professor Labertew is teaching CJS 326  Victimology, section 02, CJS 328 Diversity & Crime, section 01, CJS 370 CJ Systems, section 02, a new course, CJS 452HR Human Rights Crime & CJ, section 01, and CJS 452SC Sex Crimes, section 01.

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Julio Lima

Julio LimaJulio Lima

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: julio.lima@csun.edu

Professor Lima teaches CJS 340 Ethics in CJS and other CJS courses. He also teaches in the MPA program.  For Fall 2020, jhe is teaching 2 sections of CJS 340 Ethics in CJ.

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Dominic Little

Dominic Little

Office:  Sierra Hall, room 164.
Email: dominic.little@csun.edu 

Megan Mangassarian

Megan MangassarianMegan Mangassarian

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: megan.mangassarian@csun.edu

For the fall semester, Professor Mangassarian is teaching two sections of CJS 320 Intro to Crim Law, CJS 326 Victimology, and two sections of CJS 340, Ethics in CJ.

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Kathy Oborn

Kathy ObornKathy Oborn

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: kathleen.oborn@csun.edu

Professor Oborn teaches the majority of CJS courses. For the Spring 2021 term, Professor Oborn is teaching CJS 102, Intro to CJS, section 2, and 2 sections of CJS 360 Careers Planning, sections 2 and 3.

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Alex Ojeda

Alex OjedaAlex Ojeda

Office: Santa Susana Hall, room 306
Email: alex.ojeda@csun.edu

Professor Ojeda teaches CJS 452MO MOSAIC (Mentoring to Overcome Struggles and Inspire Courage) Internship and Field Experience course.

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Craig Renetzky

Craig RenetzkyCraig Renetzky

Office: Santa Susanna Hall, room 411 and Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: craig.renetzky@csun.edu

Professor Renetzky teaches most of the CJS courses and for the department of Political Science as well. For the Spring 2021 semester, Professor Renetzky is teaching CJS 370 CJ Systems, section 1, a double section.

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Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

Crystal Sanchez

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: crystal.sanchez@csun.edu

Professor Sanchez teaches CJS 102 Introduction to CJS, CJS 446 Domestic Violence, and other CJS courses. For the Spring 2021 term, Professor Sanchez is teaching 2 sections of CJS 102 (sections 1 and 3),.

Areas of Interest: Forensic Psychology, Domestic Violence, Crime

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Tim Stehr

 Tim Stehr

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: timothy.stehr@csun.edu

Professor Stehr teaches many CJS courses. For the Fall 2021 semester, Prof. Stehr is teaching CJS 344 Corrections and CJS 422 White Collar Crimes.

Trevion Stokes

Trevion Stokes

Trevion Stokes

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: trevion.stokes@csun.edu

Professor Stokes teaches CJS 360 Career Planning in CJ. For the Spring 2021 term, Prof. Stokes is teaching CJS 360, section 01.

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Jose Torres

 Jose Torres

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
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For Fall 2021, Prof. Torres is teaching CJS 328, Diversity & Crime, section 02, CJS 370 CJ Systems, section 04, CJS 454IC Immigration and Crime, section 01, and CJS 454MJ Minorities & Justice, section 01.

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Jose Torres is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at California State University, Northridge. He received his Bachelor's degrees in Sociology: Criminology and Criminal Justice Emphasis and Central American Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2015 and his master's degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. He also received his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2021. His research interests focus on the effects of immigration laws and enforcement practices on immigrant parents and their families. Overall, Dr. Torres' research interests focus on people's experiences with the criminal justice system and the immigration system in the United States. He hopes that his research will produce positive changes in laws and in society. 

 

 

Jaycynda Trifone-Woodruff

Jaycynda Trifone-WoodruffJaycynda Trifone-Woodruff

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
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Profeesor Trifone-Woodruff teaches several of the CJS classes. For Fall 2021, Professor Trifone-Woodruff is teaching CJS 320 Intro to Crim Law, sections 04, two face to face sections of CJS 340 Ethics in CJS, section 08 & 10, CJS 432 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime, section 02, and CJS 452CY Cybercrime, section 01.

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Richard Weintraub

Richard WeintraubRichard Weintraub

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164
Email: richard.weintraub@ccsun.edu

Professor Weintraub teaches multiple CJS courses. For Fall 2021, Professor Weintraub is teaching two sections of CJS 340 Ethics in CJ, both sections are online synchronous courses.

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Arthur Zverev

Arthur Zverev Arthur Zverev

Office: Sierra Hall, room 164

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For Fall 2021, Professor Zverev is teaching CJS 320, Intro to Criminal Law, section 06, a face to face class. He is also teaching CJS 422 White Collar Crime, section 03, also an in person class.

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Staff

Larry O'Connor

Dept. Coordinator

Sierra Hall 165,  (818) 677-2117 

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Dayanna Arriola

Administrative Support Assistant

Sierra Hall 165, (818) 677-2117 CSUN Email: dayanna.arriola@csun.edu

Emeritus Faculty and In Memoriam

A Note from the Criminology and Justice Studies Department

The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies celebrates our emeritus faculty who have retired from teaching. We also deeply mourn the loss of our colleagues who passed away. Student awards have been established in honor of these faculty members. Contributions are graciously accepted and directly support student education and success. Please see the Alumni and Giving page for additional information.

Fred Mesropi

Fred Mesropi

Fred Mesropi (YouTube video)

Passed Oct. 2019

Nick Zingo

Professor Nick Zingo Nick Zingo

Passed July 2020.

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