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

JS Convocation, Morris Dailey Auditorium - December 13, 2015 2pm-4pm

Tickets are available here

Graduates please arrive by 12:00pm

Doors open for guests at 1:30* (see website for exact times)

For the most up to date information please visit


Ann Lucas Lecture Series - December 2, 2015, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Science Building Room 142

The Department of Justice Studies is proud to welcome D. Watkins to come and talk about his new book The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. D. Watkins is an award-winning writer, educator, and speaker. He holds a master's in education from Johns Hopkins University and a MFA in creative writing from the university of Baltimore. He also teaches writing at Coppin State University in Baltimore and was the winner of Baltimore magazine's "Best Writer" award in 2015. 

About the Book: When black residents of Baltimore finally decided they had had enough—after the brutal killing of twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody—Watkins was on the streets when the city erupted. He writes about his bleeding hometown with the razor-sharp insights of someone who bleeds along with it. Here are true dispatches from the other side of America.

Click here for the flyer (pdf)




Annual UPD Holiday Toy Drive is Back!

We will be collecting unwrapped toys for children up to age 12 until Friday December 4th. Last year, the University was able to reach out to 185 families and over 500 children, with gift cards and toys. 

To the left is a picture of our bin from last year. We filled the bin to the top...but, we still had room.  Let's overflow it this year!





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!


Justice Studies Department Student Assistant Position Open!

Do you have what it takes to work in the office?

The Department of Justice Studies is looking for a student assistant, for Spring 2016 and beyond. (Training to begin immediately.) Do you have a basic understanding of University procedures, are you good with technology, have you used Adobe products such as Photoshop and/or Indesign, and are you a Work Study student? If so then this is for you. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • $2500 per semester of Work Study awarded
  • Able to work 13-20 hours a week. Hours flexable with school schedule.
  • Organized, able to multi-task and able to adapt quickly to change.
  • Comfortable working with students and faculty in a positive, professional, outgoing manner.
  • Computer savvy, comfortable with Windows and Macs, experience in Microsoft word and excel

For more information and to apply, please visit the Career Center's webpage to look for our job posting on SpartaJobs. Have your resume ready when you apply. If you have questions, email Carol Santos at


Justice Studies Seeks new Tenure Track Assistant Professors for Forensic Science and Justice Studies.

Justice Studies is seeking two new faculty members to join our diverse Department. These new positions will meet the growing needs of the Department, and will be instrumental for student success. Qualified candidates are encouraged to read the position announcement and apply using the links below. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2015.

Forensic Science - Biology,Chemistry or related science field:

Justice Studies, Criminal Justice, Criminology:

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.