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.

Dr. Caterina Roman (Criminal Justice) has received funding from the City of Philadelphia District Attorney Office for Performance Measurement Support and Internal Evaluation of the DAO's CARES Strategy. The Co-PI on the grant is Dr. E. Rely Vilcica (Criminal Justice). Congratulations Dr. Roman and Dr. Vilcica!


Temple University’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program takes students from the “outside” into correctional facilities to take courses alongside students who are on the “inside.” The program has expanded throughout the U.S. and to 12 countries, educating nearly 40,000 students in 22 years Inside-Out and he Criminal Justice Society will host a special campus event Monday night.

Dr. Caterina Roman was recently featured in four different news articles. The topics include gun violence in Philadelphia and reducing drug-related crime in Kensington. See below for each article:

Comments to columnist Mike Newall on availability of guns and shootings of children

Rachel Bleiman, a Criminal Justice senior working with Dr. Rege on her NSF CAREER grant, has been selected to participate in the undergraduate track at the upcoming 2019 NSF SaTC PI Meeting. She will present her work on social engineering and security, and receive travel support for up to $1,500. Congratulations Rachel!

image of Professor Jerry Ratcliffe

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, who has been selected to receive the prestigious Joan McCord award from the ASC Division of Experimental Criminology/Academy of Experimental Criminology. The Joan McCord Award recognizes distinguished experimental contributions to criminology and criminal justice. Award recipients must have conducted significant experimental research that is in the tradition of Joan McCord and has important implications for policy and practice.