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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Whether you’re staying safe at home or staying socially distanced down the shore, there’s nothing like a good book to help you relax and enjoy your summer break. Need help picking your next book? Check out these suggestions from our faculty.

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Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe weighs in on the "Weird Year" of crime statistics. Read the full NY Times article featuring Dr. Ratcliffe titled It’s Been ‘Such a Weird Year.’ That’s Also Reflected in Crime Statistics.








We, the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, are outraged and dismayed by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who have died before them and after them, at the hands of law enforcement and others acting in purported support of law and order. As members of a diverse and eclectic community of scholars of criminology and criminal justice, we join together to emphatically condemn racial oppression and demand that the killing and violence end immediately. The list of names should not, cannot, grow longer.

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The College of Liberal Arts is excited to have so many amazing seniors joining our alumni network by graduating this month! The circumstances of your final semester with us were unusual, to say the least, but you didn’t let them hold you back. You made it! Now, let’s celebrate together!

Dr. Steven Windisch has been awarded a Temple summer research grant to conduct qualitative comparative analysis to address the influence of childhood risk factors on extremist violence. In addition, Dr. Windisch's alma mater, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, recently received a 10-year, $36 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to establish a Center of Excellence for terrorism prevention and counterterrorism research. Dr.