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.

Gricelda "Gigi" Borja (CJ'16) was recently Profiled on for her work at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Gigi is currently a Paralegal in the DAO's Dangerous Drug Offender Unit (DDOU). The DDOU investigates and prosecutes drug dealers and their organizations. The unit works in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other federal agencies. The Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) and Paralegal assigned to this Unit are specially trained for complicated, long-term investigations.

Faculty member and Public Policy Lab Fellow Dr. Caterina Roman consulted by the Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board to provide her thoughts and advice to assist the mayor’s choice for the next Police Commissioner. See recent commentary by 16 leaders and stakeholders.

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Professor Silverman has been named the recipient of the Beccaria Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association. The Beccaria Award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to any member of the Bar, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria, the 18th century Italian scholar whose writings presaged the dawn of the modern penal system.

Criminal Justice faculty and recent Master’s graduate are integral in the development and publication of the Philadelphia Prisoner Reentry Coalition’s comprehensive survey of stakeholders. The huge data collection and analysis effort was undertaken to learn more about the organizations and programs that provide services to returning citizens in the Philadelphia area.

Professor Catressa Meyers with students in Rome

Twenty-eight students participated in Prof. Meyers Criminal Behavior class in Rome, Summer I, 2019. The class explored criminal behavior in a country many view as the birthplace of criminology. Among the experiences students had the opportunity to visit Cripta Cappuccini to further the discussion on deviancy. Next the class explored the influences of positivist theory as part of their visit to The Jewish Museum. Finally, the group was treated to a memorable tour of the Colosseum, to understand the life of the gladiator and compare it modern day sports violence.