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Kieran McCartan Visiting Scholar

Kieran McCartan is Associate Professor in Criminology and acting director of the Centre for Social Science Research at The University of the West of England Bristol. Kieran completed his first degree in Psychology at the Queens University of Belfast, before moving to Leicester to do an MSc in Criminology at the Scarman centre, and a PhD in the Department of Psychology. Dr McCartan is visiting the Bay Area in between giving multiple presentations at two international conferences - the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in San Diego and the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco. Between those conferences he will be based in the Department of Justice Studies at San Jose State University as a visiting scholar. This position allows him to collaborate on numerous projects that span topics including public outreach on the prevention of sexual violence, human trafficking, juvenile sexual offender public policy, human rights, desistance from sexual offending, and qualitative data collection and analysis. We were honored to have Dr. McCartan visit and hope you were able to attend his lectures and book launch.

The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in law and Justice welcomed Jonathan SimonNovember 13, 2014, 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Yoshihiro Uchida Hall 124) to discuss his latest book, Mass Incarceration on Trial: Courts and the Future of American Prisons. This book examines a series of landmark decisions about prison conditions, culminating in the 2011 Supreme Court case Brown v. Plata, which declared conditions in California prisons unconstitutional and imposed a population cap on the state prison system. Simon, the Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that these decisions have opened an unexpected escape route from the trap of "tough on crime" politics that have turned California into the country's largest jailor.

  From left to right: Jonathan Simon, Dr. Edith Kinney, Dr. Alessandro De Giorgi, Elliott Currie, Mohamed Shehk   

Dinner and a Mystery! Event a Huge Success

A festive evening of celebration to honor the Department of Justice Studies' past and showcase our present accomplishments was enjoyed by department alumni, friends, faculty, students and special guests in the new Student Union Ballroom on Thursday, October 16th.  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, Chi Pi Sigma and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY).  

The Department honored San José Police Chief, Larry Esquivel, with the Justice Studies Distinguished Alumni Award which honors those alumni who have brought extraordinary acclaim to the Department of Justice Studies. A newly created Janet L. Hagemann Award was presented to its namesake for her extraordinary contributions to the department. The inscription on the award read, "When we have big dreams, we think of you." This was met with a huge round of applause from all those attending.  

The evening was rounded out by the showing of a documentary film titled Justice Studies is., directed by Shawn Viaggi and produced and edited by Department of Justice Studies lecturer, Hal Peterson. The film showcases Justice Studies alumni, faculty, and students discussing what Justice Studies means to them, along with the history of where the department started, what is happening now, and where it is going in the future. Click here to view the film.

Matt Van Dyke, Victoria Dwinnells-Brown, and Jan Hagemann enjoying a laugh and reminiscing. San José Police Chief Larry Esquivel makes remarks after receiving the 2014 Distinguished Alumni recognition. Chi Pi Sigma showcases their many activities and accomplishments.

Justice Studies Seeks a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Digital Forensics for 2015-2016 

Justice Studies is seeking a new faculty member for the vibrant Forensic Science Program. The new position will expand the program into the area of digital forensics. This new area will meet the rapidly growing need in justice fields for experts in computer and cyber investigations. Qualified candidates are encouraged to read the position announcement and apply at the following link:


JS Apparel and 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 Amazes!
The Record Clearance Project filed 169 petitions in court for 55 clients, of which 167 dismissals of convictions were granted; filed 22 petitions to reduce eligible felonies to misdemeanors; 21 were granted; held 7 Speed Screening interview sessions (including at Elmwood jail), where 214 people learned their individual "next steps" in the expungement process (in English & Spanish); gave 39 community presentations to over 1,600 people regarding expungement law and procedure (in English & Spanish); and leveraged over 10,800 hours of work from students, volunteers and unpaid staff.
 Check out the front page article in the Mercury News   RCP News Story