Criminal Justice News

Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice is nationally recognized for its groundbreaking research and for being one of the nation’s top programs in the field. Temple has our enthusiastic students, successful alumni and exacting faculty to thank for making the department what it is, and we’re keeping the focus on them by highlighting their outstanding accomplishments and current happenings here. The wide breadth of law enforcement career opportunities available to alumni opens them to diverse paths. Meanwhile, the evolving needs of the criminal justice system and its place in society presents faculty with a range of research possibilities. Read student, alumni and faculty stories below and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.

On April 22, Temple hosted a celebration of the creative talents of formerly and currently incarcerated artists and musicians. The event was a collaboration between Temple's chapter of Petey Greene and and FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums). The panelists included Blak Rapp Madusa, Jimmy Dennis, and Luis 'Suave' Gonzalez, who reflected on the role of arts and mass incarceration, followed by a Q&A and live performances. Music, poetry, and interactive art pieces created by incarcerated artists in Pennsylvania were all included in the exhibition.

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Graduate student, Juwan Bennett, was recently featured in an article on The article titled Homicide is the leading cause of death for young black men in Philly. What should we do? focuses on potential solutions for reducing the number of homicides of young black men in Philadelphia.

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On April 28th, the Criminal Justice Debate Team participated in a competition at Drexel University. Dr. Cheryl Irons and students Jeremiah Baltimore, Lydia Anderson, Erin Houghton and Angel Rivera were all in attendance. The Temple CJ team placed in 3rd, with only one point separating the top three teams. Jeremiah took 2nd place as an individual debater and our team won the “spirit “ award, which went to the most cordial and disciplined team. The judges were unanimous in praising our team in this category.

Each semester, the College of Liberal Arts sends students to Washington D.C. where they work in full-time, credited internships in the world of politics or public policy while earning full-time credits as students. Find out what some of their experiences were like in spring 2019.

Trusted Critical Infrastructure (CI) serves the scientific community as the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, providing leadership and assistance in cybersecurity in the support of research. This fellowship program will establish and support a network of Fellows with diversity in both geography and scientific discipline. These fellows will have access to training and other resources to foster their professional development in cybersecurity.