School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions merges theory and practice. The core of our highly ranked program-- No.12 overall by US News & World Report—focuses on the theories of criminality and evidence-based best practices for responding to crime through the lens of three interrelated structures—policing, courts and corrections—which collectively comprise the criminal justice system.

Signature initiatives include:

Effective policing: Our faculty lead nation-wide programs including the setting the standard for body-worn cameras, examining police use of force and the SMART Policing Initiative aim to improve the interactions and outcomes between police and the community.

Successful prisoner reenty and reintegration: Through the Office of Correctional Solutions {will need to link}, the innovative Inside-Out program for students, and research on reentry, we seek to create a culture of prevention and end cycles of violence.