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SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Rutgers University-Newark

Rutgers School of Criminal Justice was founded almost forty years ago, and ever since we opened our doors, we have been recognized as among the leading programs in the field. Over the years, our faculty have made significant contributions to criminal justice policy and criminological theory, and our graduates have taken their places among the most productive and well-respected scholars in the field. Today, studies show that we continue to rank among the top criminal justice programs nationwide, with special regard for our graduate programs. Learn more about us

Notable Achievements

Photo of Dean Rod K. Brunson named Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Dean Rod K. Brunson has been named Fellow of the American Society...

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Photo of Dr. Andres F. Rengifo hosts international workshop on “Measures and Meanings of Crime and Justice in the Global South”, October 11-13, 2018

Associate Professor Andres F. Rengifo will host over 25 guest speakers at...

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Photo of Professor Jody Miller, appointed Co-Editor of Criminology, the flagship journal of the American Society of Criminology.

Professor Jody Miller, appointed Co-Editor of Criminology, the flagship journal of the...

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Photo of Dr. Sara Wakefield, recipient of the 2016 American Sociological Association Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility’s Book Award

Dr. Sara Wakefield, recipient of the 2016 American Sociological Association Section on...

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Photo of Michael Ostermann, recipient of the 2016 ASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing’s Distinguished New Scholar Award

Michael Ostermann, recipient of the 2016 ASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing’s...

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Photo of Dr. Delores Jones-Brown, SCJ Ph.D. ’86 alumna, Nominated a Rutgers 250 Fellow and recipient of the Rutgers Medal at Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary Event

Delores Jones-Brown, SCJ Ph.D. ’86 alumna, Nominated a Rutgers 250 Fellow and...

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Photo of Software developed by Rutgers SCJ Professors, now being licensed through Rutgers’ SoCrates Program

RTMDx, a software developed by Rutgers SCJ professors Joel Caplan and Leslie...

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DEAN’S MESSAGE

DEAN’S MESSAGE

 

Do you want to be a part of a transformational experience?

 

I often wonder what would draw a student to come to Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Criminal Justice.  Why would a student choose to come here and not go somewhere else? Is it the program, is it the reputation, is it the potential job opportunities that could result from the degree, or is it just because it’s close and more affordable than other options? All of that is to say, is it about what the School can give to a prospective student? We can offer all of that to you, but I want to challenge you to think differently about the “why.”

 

We live in a contentious time; a time of many divisions.  As a culture, the income gap continues to widen as do the gaps in opportunities. We are polarized by politics, gender, race and privilege. At this time, millions of people are under correctional supervision, many more have encounters with law enforcement, many are disenfranchised and denied their ability to participate in the political process. Gun violence is tearing families and communities apart, and ideologically based hatred and terrorism seem to be everywhere.

 

So, I ask you to consider not what the School of Criminal Justice can give you, but how you want to engage with this contentious world. How do you envision a better and more just world? And most importantly, what are you going to do about it?

Now it’s up to you. Will you join us in this great adventure?

 

Bonita M. Veysey, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor

  • Bonita Veysey

    Dean and Professor

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The lectures and tutorials are interesting and academically stimulating, and applied to real-world case studies which is extremely useful.

Josh Groban

alumni 1999