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.

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The Division of Women & Crime Student Paper and Poster Competition Committee has chosen Nili Gesser, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice, as the award recipient of the DWC Graduate Student Poster Competition for her poster entitled, “"They Started Sharing… That it was Actually Possible”: The Impact of Peer Support on Women Exiting Street Prostitution". Congratulations Nili!


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Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Cheryl Irons, a former prosecutor whose courses cover grand jury hearings, has her doubts about whether or not justice was served in the grand jury hearing over Breonna Taylor’s killing. The professor also shares some insight as to how students can work towards a more equitable criminal justice system.

Check out this article in The New York Times titled The Pandemic Has Hindered Many of the Best Ideas for Reducing Violence, where Professor Caterina Roman was quoted about urban crime trends during COVID!


Alyssa Mendlein's paper, "Justice System Size and Punishment Across Nations: The Relationship between Incarceration and Police, Prosecution, and Judicial Personnel in Forty-Seven Countries” has just received the 2nd place award in the graduate student paper competition of ASC Division of International Criminology. The award committee found her paper “compelling, novel and most deserving of this award.” Congratulations! 


Juwan has been awarded for his paper entitled “A Multiple Group Cross-Lagged Analysis of Perceived Legitimacy, Perceived Opportunities, and Compliance with the Law". The Gene Carte Student Paper Award is given to recognize outstanding scholarly work of students. Entries are judged on criteria such as the quality of the conceptualization, significance of the topic, clarity and aptness of methods, quality of the writing, command of relevant work in the field, and contribution to criminology.