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We invite you to an upcoming lecture and discussion event exploring solitary confinement in California's Pelican Bay prison.


Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement: Art, Rights, and Resistance
​Friday, February 16
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Hugh Gillis Hall 219

Professors Oona Hatton (Communications Studies) and Edith Kinney (Justice Studies) welcomes all Justice Studies majors to this event which features Jack L. Morris, who survived decades in Pelican Bay's "Secured Housing Unit" (SHU) before his recent parole​,​ along with Shelia Pinkel, an artist, advocate, and Professor Emerita in Pomona College's Art and Art History Department.

Mr. Morris will be speaking about his experiences in long-term solitary confinement and his work as an artist, and our speakers will explore the role of art as a mode of survival, resistance, and a way to illustrate the rights violations of incarceration and solitary. (Check out his artwork here Jack Morris Artwork)​; Sheila Pinke​l's work on incarceration is available here: Sheila Pinkel Artwork

We hope you will join us this Friday, February 16, from 12 - 1:15 p.m. in Hugh Gillis Hall 219.

Check with your instructors to see if extra credit can be given for this event.



Beyond the Books is back! Come join us on March 1st, 2018 in the Student Union Theater.


2017 Fall convocation December 17 2:00pm-4:00pm 



Justice Studies Showcase 4.0 Alumni Event - November 9

Picture with Man with Lantern

Prizes - Bagpipe Performance - Food - Student Groups

November 9, 2017 | 5:30 to 9 p.m.

San José Police Officers’ Association Hall

Showcase 4.0 dinner and celebration took place Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:30-9:00 PM at the San José POA Hall.

We were joined by alumni, students, and department friends as we showcased your department's past and present accomplishments.

Proceeds from Showcase 4.0 are going to the Justice Studies Student Success Endowment that is dedicated to fund student experiences that foster professional growth. 

Alumni are lighting the way! 


Legal Studies Brownbag Lunch

First Amendment Teach-In 

October 19, Noon-1:0opm

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Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law & Justice

October 4, 2017, 4:30pm-6:30pm

School of Music's Auditorium

From Deportation To Prison Ann Lucas Series Info. October 4, 2017

Congratulations Professor Kinney!

Recipient of the 2016-2017 Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award


Below is a link regarding the award: 

 FBI Executive visits 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 funding oppurtunities for the Department of Justice Studies!