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Congratulations Professor Kinney!

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




Below is a link regarding the award:




Thank you Alumni, Donors, Students, and Volunteers!

The Third Annual Justice Studies Showcase was a great success.

imageThis year's theme was an election town hall meeting, but the political talk was centered on our students. Activities began with games and exploration of our student groups and programs: Graduate Students, The Record Clearance Project, Themis, Forensic Science Students, Human Rights, Justice Studies Student Task Force, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Chi Pi Sigma. Attendees voted on their favorite group--congratulations to Chi Pi Sigma!

The Department honored BlurbIQ, Founder and CEO Scott Reese, BS, Criminal Justice Administration, 1993, with the Justice Studies Distinguished Alumni Award. This award 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 the San José Police Amateur Athletic Foundation - PAAF, a non-profit corporation organized to provide support for amateur athletics and athletic events. Their contributions to the Department have been numerous. Student scholarship winners were introduced and honored. Alumni Nishtha Jolly and Ken Merrihew gave very moving accounts of how our community changed their lives for the better. Proceeds from the event were dedicated to the Department's Student Success Fund (unless designated for scholarship endowments). We are now $10,000 closer to the $50,000 requirement to endow the Student Success Fund--thank you donors! A link to the Showcase program is here.

Although the event is over for this year, we are still asking for donations to endow the Student Success Fund. You may donate online, or send a check made out to "Justice Studies-Student Success" to the department office.

Fall 2016 Convocation

Spring 2016 JS Convocation


Sunday December 18th 2:00PM-4:00PM, Morris Dailey Auditorium.

Go to https://www.jsconvocation.com/ to register for convocation. 

Convocation tickets will now be sold in person at the SJSU Event Center box office to graduating seniors. 

Tickets are $13. There is a limit of 8 tickets per graduate that will be lifted December 1. After that, unlimited quantities are allowed.



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--including hats, shirts, and mugs.

Please note that payment for items cannot be made in the Department office (regulations). All purchases must be made through the E-Store, and items picked up from the office. 

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 

 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.   

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!




I'm not the Missing Piece!

Justice Studies 2015 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 (https://commerce.cashnet.com/SJSUJS) 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

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.