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.

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. 

Dr. Steve Belenko has been awarded a subcontract from Brown University to participate in the National Institutes of Health Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN). This initiative supports research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The research project is entitled Using Implementation Interventions and Peer Recovery Support to Improve Opioid Treatment Outcomes in Community Supervision .

The Criminal Justice Department is excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Steven Windisch.

Please join us congratulating Juwan Bennett for being selected to receive a Diversity Scholarship for the 2019 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan. There were only 30 scholarships and almost 200 applicants.

Dr. Rege has been invited to be keynote speaker at the upcoming IEEE Cyber Science 2019 conference, which will be held at one of the world's most prestigious institutions, the University of Oxford, UK, on June 3-4, 2019. She will address the relevance of the social sciences to the cybersecurity discourse. 

Also, former Temple CJ Master's student Scott Van Zant's paper, titled "Examining the Roles of Muhajirahs in the Islamic State via Twitter," has been selected for one of two Best Paper Awards! Congratulations!