Innocence Project Guest Speaker

Monday, February 25th in the Livingston Student Center Rm 111 at 8:15pm, we will be hosting part-time lecturer Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, who is a freelance journalist and teaches a course for the CJ department entitled Wrongful Convictions and worked with the Innocence Project for 8 years.

Guest Speaker: Capt. Jeremy Russ

Please join us for our event with special guest speaker Captain Jeremy Russ, on February 18th at 9:00pm in Tillett Hall, room 264. All guests are welcome! Jeremy P. Russ Biographical Sketch: Jeremy P. Russ is a Captain in the New Jersey State Police, with over 20 years of experience in the organization. After having served in patrol related assignments in central New Jersey, including the New Jersey Turnpike, he became an Instructor at the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt. He is presently assigned to the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (NJ ROIC). His various roles at the NJ ROIC include maintaining and building trusted relationships among law enforcement, public safety, private sector constituents, and the citizens of the State of New Jersey through outreach and information sharing with the state fusion center. Captain Russ is a proud graduate of Rutgers University (Class of 1996) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice. He also holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Criminal Justice Alumni & Career Networking Event

Our Criminal Justice Networking Event will be held on Wednesday, March 27th (with a snow date of April 1st) in the Livingston Student Center, Multipurpose Room. In order to attend the event you must register for it. Attached is a flyer with the registration instructions.

Dr. Lauren Krivo, elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology

Dr. Lauren Krivo of the Program in Criminal Justice has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. Alongside Dr. Krivo is a graduate student of Sociology at Rutgers University, Brooklynn Hitchens, who was presented with the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity by the American Society of Criminology.  

CJO &CJHS: "Prosecutor for financial crimes speaks at Rutgers"

The Criminal Justice Org and the Criminal Justice Honor Society hosted Alumni Clark Abrams, the chief of the Money Laundering and Financial Investigations Unit for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor of NYC on November 27th, 2018. Click the link below to find out what he said to our students. http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2018/12/prosecutor-for-nyc-financial-crimes-speaks-at-rutgers-gives-his-career-advice  

Dr. Amanda Agan's paper nominated as one of the top 12 published in 2018

Dr. Amanda Agan's paper on economic effects of “Ban the Box” legislation was nominated as one of the top 12 papers published in 2018. https://qz.com/1508659/twelve-leading-economists-on-the-research-that-shaped-our-world-in-2018/ Her work was nominated by Claudia Goldin of Harvard. Claudia is widely considered a top candidate for the Nobel Prize in economics.  

3+3 Program: Bachelor’s/JD Dual Degree

The 3+3 Program enables highly qualified students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a  graduate law degree (Juris Doctor, or “JD”)  in six years, rather than the usual seven.  The 3+3 Program is open to Rutgers students across all three of the University’s schools/colleges of Arts and Sciences, in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick. Students participating in this accelerated program complete their first year of law school courses during their fourth undergraduate year. To prepare for this fourth year, they must complete all undergraduate course requirements in General Education and in their chosen major and compile at least 91 credits during their first three years. The 29 credits required during the first year of law school count toward both degrees. Normally, 3+3 Program students are awarded their bachelor’s degrees at the end of their fourth year and are eligible to participate in the College/School of Arts and Science’s graduation ceremonies at that time. The  Juris Doctor  is typically awarded after two additional years as a full-time law student on successful completion of the required course credits in the Law School and of all other JD requirements. For further information about the 3+3 Program — including the application process, requirements, tuition, and curriculum — please contact Rutgers Law School admissions. Click here for more details about the 3+3 Program

Keeping Its Promise to Families, New York Identifies Another 9/11 Victim

Mark Desire estimates that his team had tried to identify the bone half a dozen times over the past 17 years — ever since it was recovered amid the rubble of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Each time, they came up short. As part of New York City’s effort to identify the remains of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack, Mr. Desire, the assistant director of forensic biology for the city’s Medical Examiner’s office, and his colleagues had been unable to extract enough DNA from the sample to make a positive identification. Click to read the entire story

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01:202:208 Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance

01:202:208 Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance Description: Analysis of the concepts and methods underlying major criminal justice endeavors to prevent crimes; examination of research literature concerning the effectiveness of crime prevention policies and strategies; review of policies, programs, and treatment for crime victims and witnesses.   Prerequisites: 01:202:201.   

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Young Cho

Majors and Minors: Criminal Justice (Major) Criminology, Psychology, Sociology (Minor) Year: 2014 Why did you choose Criminal Justice as your major? I always saw myself working in a field where I could help others and make a positive impact. Majoring in Criminal Justice allows me to do that and actually see first hand the difference my job as a police officer makes in people’s lives What did you like most about it? The thing I liked most about the Criminal Justice Program was the staff’s willingness to help and teach their students. I loved their enthusiasm and desire for not only their profession but also teaching. What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it? I am currently a police officer at Rutgers University. The thing I enjoy most about my job is interacting with the students (especially those interested in working in law enforcement). I love attending career fairs, giving presentations, and teaching members of the community the job that we do as police officers and answer any questions people may have. How did you move from that first job to your current position? After working as a security officer for a year and a half and gaining work experience in the criminal justice field, I applied for a position as a police officer at Rutgers University. After multiple rounds of interviews and passing psychological and medical exams, I was hired and sent to train at the Monmouth County Police Academy. Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes? The experience I would point to contributing to my success would be my involvement in the Criminal Justice Organization. The organization allowed me to work closely with the staff members at the Criminal Justice Program as well as network with individuals from all over the criminal justice system. What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students? My advice for the current students of Arts and Sciences would be to get involved with the organizations and clubs made available by the school. It is a great place to network and make friends with others interested in the field you are studying in. Return to Prospective Students Page

Lauren Davis

Majors and Minors: Majored in Criminal Justice and Anthropology and Minored in Religion Year: 2015 Why did you choose X as your major? I wanted to do my part to make a difference in the Criminal Justice system. What did you like most about it? I loved the variety of work I could do in the field. I could work in Prisons, the Federal Government, or in local police departments. What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it? I currently work as a contractor with the Camden County Police Department as an Intelligence Analyst. My job is to provide the department with intelligence or information on known contacts within the city. I also do a lot of report writing in regards to the violent crimes within the city. I love the research aspect of the job. I love looking up the Criminal histories of individuals and putting together reports on the crime within to city to give the command staff information that can assist them in properly deploying officers within the city to ensure the safety of its residents. What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it? I was blessed enough to get a job working with the FBI right out college. The year I was graduating they held a recruitment event on campus and I interviewed with them. During my time with them I worked in records management. How did you move from that first job to your current position? I decided to gain my Masters in Intelligence and Crime Analysis and wanted to work in the field while going to school. The opportunity arose for an Intelligence Analyst contract positon with Camden County PD and I jumped on it. Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes? I think most of my classes contributed to my success because of how involved my Professors were with my success in the class. They pushed me to think outside the box and to put in the work needed no matter how difficult. What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students? Get an internship! Work on campus! Do whatever you can to make connections and keep them! Getting several internships was what set me apart from other candidates when it came time to getting jobs because it showed the agencies that I had prior experience in the field despite still being in college. It really matters! Return to Prospective Students Page

Edelly Polanco

Majors and Minors: Criminal Justice and Political Science, Psychology and Criminology Year: 2016 Why did you choose X as your major? The decision to major in Criminal Justice and Political Science came naturally as I have always been interested in learning about the social and political theories that help to shape our creation of laws and societal norms. Furthermore, I wanted to explore how the study of law and crime paired with the psychology of human behavior influences our society, justice and legal systems. What did you like most about it? My collegiate experience helped to fundamentally change the way that I gather information, process that information, and relate it back to my surroundings. Since I was able to study law and crime from a criminal justice perspective, a political perspective, and a psychological perspective, in a more boarder sense, I was taught how to tackle challenges at multiple angles. This is a trait that has proven itself invaluable as I continue to make strides in my professional career. What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it? I am currently employed by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). My title is a Bilingual Family Service Specialist within the Adoption Unit. Working for DCP&P has been both challenging and overwhelmingly fulfilling. I have been granted the opportunity to meet with families and children at their most vulnerable state and have a responsibility to connect them to appropriate services, concrete supports, and community resources. It is my expectation that these efforts will help to foster an environment that supports the well-being, safety, and success of each family and child that I serve. What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it? I began my career with DCP&P in the Permanency Unit shortly after graduating from Rutgers. In the early spring before graduation, I attended a Career Fair Event at Rutgers which introduced me to a recruiter from DCP&P. As the hiring process can be exhaustive and intensive, I became officially employed by DCP&P several months thereafter. How did you move from that first job to your current position? I transitioned from a position in the Permanency Unit to the Adoption Unit within DCP&P after receiving the support and recommendation of my superiors. Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes? During my time at Rutgers, the Criminal Justice Program offered a curriculum that challenged my preconceived notions about law, crime and society in a way that allowed me to broaden my understanding of the dynamics that shape the everyday functioning of our society. Moreover, I was given the opportunity to work as a Student Assistant in the Criminal Justice Program through the work-study program which allowed me regular access to Criminal Justice professors and staff. I attribute my current successes in large part to this experience because these professors and staff provided me with an overwhelming amount of support and guidance throughout my entire academic career at Rutgers. What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students? As a recent Rutgers alum fresh into the workforce, the best advice I can offer is to take advantage of every resource offered by Rutgers. Rutgers offers a variety of resources including: program or department specific events, academic workshops, internship and/or volunteer opportunities, career fairs, networking events, or even social gatherings. Reach out to academic advisors, program coordinators, or student organizations and inquire about such events because each is a unique opportunity to gain meaningful academic and professional connections for those seeking to enter the workforce. Return to Prospective Students Page

Colin Gano

Majors and Minor: Double Major in Criminal Justice and Human Resource Management Year: 2019 How did you decide on your major? I decided to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice as I have always been passionate about public service and wanted to better prepare myself for a career in law enforcement. Combining this with a degree in Human Resource Management has given me the opportunity to see all situations, whether in work or in life, from a well-rounded, diverse perspective. What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you? What I enjoy the most about the Criminal Justice department, as well as the field itself, is that it caters to a wide array of interests. I have made many friends here pursuing careers such as attorneys, law enforcement officers, social services professionals and more. The major is very dynamic in the sense that it allows for students to advance their specific career goals while also exposing them to other related areas; something that I think is critical to professional development. Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major? Professor Trigg’s Police class has been my favorite so far. Being a Lieutenant for the New Brunswick Police Department, his class is full of practical, real-world knowledge that I always found to be very refreshing. Not to mention, of course, that he will occasionally bring the K-9 unit to visit his lectures! What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major? My favorite academic experiences outside of my majors has been in satisfying the core curriculum requirements. While it may not sound all that great, I treat it as an opportunity to experience as many different fields of study as I can. Some of my personal favorites have been Creative Writing, Introduction to Logic, and Dinosaurs. As challenging as they were, I thoroughly enjoyed taking them and exploring topics I never would have learned about in Criminal Justice or Human Resources. What are your other Rutgers activities? Apart from academics, I try to stay involved on campus as much as I can. A huge part of that for me has been in getting involved with the Criminal Justice Honor Society, where I am currently the Vice President. Being a part of the honor society has been an incredible experience, allowing me to participate in all kinds of volunteer work as well as meet with and develop working relationships with professors, staff, as well as law enforcement officers and other professionals from all walks of life. Additionally, I’ve also been able to work for Rutgers with the Department of Emergency Services. There, I am able to use my prior experience as a Firefighter to serve as an Emergency Services Officer, and hopefully soon as an EMT. What are your plans following graduation? Following graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in law enforcement. Ultimately, I hope to work as a special agent with the ATF. Return to Prospective Students Page
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