Chi PI Sigma students with a poster display of their activities.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! You Did It.

Spring 2016 JS Convocation

Family and guests enjoyed a wonderful ceremony in the packed Student Union Ballroom. Faculty were in attendance to show their support to our graduating students. Our guest speaker was District of Columbia Superior Court Associate Judge, Robert R. Rigsby, an alum of San Jose State. During the ceremony, faculty members, Dan Dexheimer, Danielle Harris and Veronica Herrera were recognized for their contributions to the department. All three faculty members will be leaving San Jose State University next semester. To view the program and to see photos from the event, please click here







Confidence Challenge 2016: May 29, 2016

2016 Confidence ChallengeThe Confidence Challenge was a huge success. We had a great turn-out from all sorts of organizations including University Police, Alpha Phi Sigma, Chi Pi Sigma and Forensic Science Students. Participants gave it their best completing different obsticles like the wall jump, dummy drag and tug-of-war. Thank you to the Justice Studies Task Force and all the volunteers that helped make this event possible! To view photos from the event, please visit their website here


 Sign Ups for the Spring 2016 JS Convocation are open!

The Spring 2016 convocation will take place on May 22nd in Student Union Ballroom from 2:00-4:00pm. Graduates interested in participating need to sign up by April 22nd. Inital ticket sales will begin April 4th. Click here for more information or to sign up. 





 CEED Award Winners: Alpha Phi Sigma and Dr. William Armaline


CEED LogoCongragulations to Alpha Phi Sigma and Dr. William Armaline for winning Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity (CEED) Awards. Alpha Phi Sigma Iota Chapter won the student organization CEED Award for their work on reentry issues, and Dr. William Armaline was awarded the faculty CEED Award for his continued leadership in our Human Rights program and his work to address racial justice issues in our broader campus community.


The CEED awards recognize those individuals and groups that have demonstrated excellence in promoting and fostering a deeper understanding of equity and diversity as they relate to issues of age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and/or sexual orientation.

Thanks for your hard work and efforts to enhance equity and diversity at SJSU and in our community! 

Iota Chapter Attends the Alpha Phi Sigma 2016 National Convention

APS 2016 ConferenceThe Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma at SJSU works to meet the goals of Academic Excellence, Leadership, Unity and Service. This year, over spring break, 11 Iota Chapter members attended the National Alpha Phi Sigma Conference in Denver where over 100 students representing 30 chapter were in attendance. Iota Chapter members made a strong showing at Nationals and showcased SJSU’s outstanding Justice Studies program through the academic achievement of our members.

APS 2016 Conference WinnersThis year Iota Chapter won 2nd place in the CSI competition, Chapter T-shirt, Web page, Yearbook, and STAR Chapter! Individual member awards went to Emily Wheeler who took 2nd place in the Special Topics “Rehabilitation” test and Brian Werner, Chelsea Van Aken, Jennifer Rodriguez, and Marisela Reynoso who shared first place on the Alpha Phi Sigma "history and knowledge" ice breaker test.  Last but not least, Iota Chapter Alumni Advisor Bill Nay was elected to the Alpha Phi Sigma National Board.  


 JS 103 - Courts & Society: Guest Speakers Series!


JS 103 will be hosting several in-class guest speakers that are open to everyone. For more information about the dates and topics of the talks, click the link below.

Guest Lecture Series Flyer [PDF] 

FBI Executive meets with the Department of Justice Studies!

FEB TripSenior Executive in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI, Jim Loudermilk, met with several faculty members and students to discuss about funding oppurtunities for the Department of Justice Studies!




 Congratulations to the Class of 2015! You Did It.


Family and guests braved the wind and rain to enjoy a wonderful ceremony in Morris Dailey Auditorium. Faculty were in attendance to show their support to our students. Our guest speaker was former ATF agent and Distinguished Alumni (2005), Jess B. Guy. During the ceremony Jackye McClure, a long time lecturer and friend, was recognized for her dedication and commitment to the department. She will be retiring at the end of the Fall semester and we will miss her.

To view the program and to see photos from the event, please click here.


Alpha Phi Sigma - Iota Chapter's graduating class  Left to Right: Maria Mariscal, Oscar Rocha, Laura Diaz

Alpha Phi Sigma - Iota Chapter's graduating class

Left to Right: Maria Mariscal, Oscar Rocha, Laura Diaz


 Photo Credits: Alpha Phi Sigma SJSU



Iota Chapter is helping to reduce recidivism through education

Jennifer Rodriguez hard at workAlpha Phi Sigma Iota Chapter is collaborating with the Santa Clara County Resource Reentry Center as part of their National Theme project on Rehabilitation in the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Systems.  The Santa Clara County Resource Reentry Center is a centralized location for custodial and non-custodial individuals to receive referral and wrap around services. Their vision is to build safer communities and strengthen families through successful reintegration and reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals back into Santa Clara County. They reduce recidivism by using evidence based practices in implementing a seamless system of services, supports and supervision.  A team of Iota Chapter members and alumni are volunteering at the Center with the Prison Education Program (PEP), teaching the 7 week Academic Orientation Course.  They meet every Friday from 4-5pm with a group of formerly incarcerated individuals currently on parole.  They have created presentations about college (e.g., majors, classes, college life, and careers) as well as given mini-lectures based on content in their majors.  A big component of this program is engaging the program participants in discussions about the topics presented as well as their interests and needs. The course started on October 16th and will run through Dec 4th. 

APS volunteers outside the Santa Clara County Resource Reentry Center APS volunteers in the classroom Jose Flores and Bill Nay
APS volunteers outside the Santa Clara County Resource Reentry Center APS volunteers in the classroom Jose Flores and Bill Nay taking a moment to pose for a photo!


I'm not the Missing Piece!

Justice Studies Department Showcase Recap

An evening of fun and games honoring our past and showcasing our present was enjoyed by department alumni, faculty, students and special guests in the Student Union Ballroom on Friday, October 16th. 

The theme was student success. Guests began their evening with an amazing display of accomplishments and information from our department groups including:  The Record Clearance Project, Forensic Science, Human Rights, Justice Studies Student Task Force, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Chi Pi Sigma. Past and current students talked about their struggles and success getting to college and ultimately graduating. The Department honored Livingston Police Chief, Ruben Chavez, with the Justice Studies Distinguished Alumni Award which honors those alumni that have brought extraordinary acclaim to the Department of Justice Studies. The Janet L. Hagemann Award for extraordinary contributions to the department was awarded to Sheree L. Martinek, Lecturer and President of the JS Task Force alumni group. The evening was rounded out by the announcement of the gift basket winners along with a plea for help to fund student success.

Revenue from this event is being dedicated to Student Success. A current priority for the Department is to raise enough money via donations to create a student success endowment (goal: $25,000). This endowment will generate interest income to fund needs for students who are going above and beyond classroom instruction. If you want to help, please consider making a donation. Just visit our emarket website to contribute by credit card ( or send a check made out to "Justice Studies - Student Success Fund" to this address:

Department of Justice Studies
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0050
Link to view gallery of photos from event


JS Merchandise!!

Justice Studies merchandise is available through our Justice Studies Marketplace E-Store (click here). Visit the website to see all of the great products that are now available. Please note that merchandise will not be sold in the JS Department. All purchases must be made through the E-Store.

Check out our new Justice Studies Mug, Crime Scene Lanyard and JS Decals!!!

Record Clearance Project

The SJSU Record Clearance Project provides undergraduates with an unparalleled opportunity to use their education to change lives.  Students prepare court papers seeking expungement on behalf of their clients and attend the hearings where judges decide the cases.  Students review clients’ next steps for expungement in individual “Speed Screening” interviews.  Students give presentations explaining expungement law to community groups, including to people in jail.  They partner with Columbia Law School students visiting on Alternative Spring Break; they team with RCP mentors to assist people leaving jail with moving forward with their lives.

This award-winning program benefits clients, families and communities as clients gain increased opportunities for jobs, housing, student loans, foster parenting, and other more intangible benefits such as increased confidence and sense of potential.