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 Criminal Justice Department is excited to announce that Steve Belenko has been nominated for the "Science Giants Award for Excellence in Drug Court Research & Evaluation" award by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)!

Our undergraduate students excelled over the last year. Rachel Wolfman was awarded the Criminal Justice Excellence Award, Michael Sylvanovich was awarded the Criminal Justice Service Award, and Enrique Melendez won the Criminal Justice Phoenix Award. The prestigious Doris Grabosky Award in Criminal Justice and the Chief Inspector Vincent J. Greene, Sr. Memorial Award in Criminal Justice went to Talia Lasane and Peyton Andrews respectively. Finally, the Michael V. Gallagher Memorial Award in Criminal Justice was awarded to Derek Weiss.

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.