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Spring Convocation: May 16th 2-4pm

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of our spring 2015 graduates on May 16th in the new Student Union Ballroom. Graduates who wish to participate in the ceremony may sign up here. Deadline for graduate sign ups is April 1. For more information please visit

2015 Scholarship Opportunities!!

We are now accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. Individual scholarships of up to $5000 are available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Justice Studies or Forensic Science. For complete information please go to our scholarship page, which can be found here. Application packets are due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday April 1,2015

Confidence Challenge 2015: Friday, April 10 11:30am-2:30pm

The Confidence Challenge is a friendly competition between students and faculty of the Justice Studies Department based upon the physical agility portion of the POST test for police officers. Those who wish to participate and/or view photos from past confidence challenges may sign up here. Please sign up by March 23.

Ann Lucas Lecture Series Welcomed back Hadar Aviram

Hadar Aviram presented her new book Cheap on CrimeRecession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American PunishmentIn Cheap on Crime, Hadar Aviram draws on years of archival and journalistic research and builds on social history and economics literature to show the powerful impact of recession-era discourse on the death penalty, the war on drugs, incarceration practices, prison health care, and other aspects of the American correctional landscape.(pdf flyer)

  From left to right: Selena Teji, Dr. Edith Kinney, Dr. Hadar Aviram, Dr. Alessandro De Girogi  


Iota Chapter Honored at National Conference

"Each year APS Iota Chapter works to meet the APS goals of Academic Excellence, Leadership, Unity and Service. We were honored this year at the APS National Conference!" Congratulations Iota Chapter on all your hard work!!!

Student Paper Awards: Jose Flores 1st Place, Laura Diaz 3rd Place; Topic Specific Test: Melanie Donsawath 2nd Place; Chapter Advisor Award; Chapter Awards: Outstanding Chapter Goals, Human Trafficking Theme, Website (thanks to Maria Nido) and Yearbook!  


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.