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Department of Justice Studies Statement

The recent death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have left African American/Black communities, and their allies, profoundly shaken. Their deaths are not isolated incidents, but rather represent a longstanding legacy of violence and brutalization by police organizations against communities of color.

Throughout the history of this country, police agencies have enforced slave codes and black codes, ignored or condoned lynchings and other forms of racial terror, enforced the segregationist Jim Crow regime, and helped to build the contemporary era of mass incarceration.

The nationwide protests of our time urge us not only to reflect on the centuries of injustice against Black individuals and communities, but to act immediately to end it.

We stand in solidarity with all those who have expressed outrage against police violence, with our sisters and brothers of all colors and creeds who stand together to create social change, as well as those law enforcement officers who have joined protestors to denounce state-sanctioned violence.

We recognize how systemic racism is deeply embedded into social institutions, including Universities. In the Department of Justice Studies, we are committed to examining our curriculum, resources, and practices to become more aligned with social justice values and anti-racist practices. 

Below are some initiatives that will be undertaken by our faculty:

1. Removal of scholarships with a legacy of white supremacy.

We pledge to divest from student scholarships that are tied to white supremacy such as our J. Edgar Hoover and Willard “Huck” Schmidt scholarships.

2. Funding initiatives for college students.

We are committed to identifying and making socially just funding opportunities available to students who encounter challenges paying for their education.

3. Reforming, demilitarizing, or defunding police departments.

We embrace our wide spectrum of scholars and practitioners, all with different methods but similar goals, who aim to end state-sanctioned violence. 

4. Curricular innovations.

We will work to identify gaps in our curriculum to help students fully understand the relationship between structural racism, the criminal legal system, and state-sanctioned violence. 

5. Community panels/discussions.

We commit to developing lectures on state-sanctioned violence, police brutality, and mass incarceration that will be open to students and the community.

6. Systemic racism.

We recognize that systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence have historically impacted the lives of many groups. Our approach is to be inclusive in our initiatives and programming. 

7. Faculty hiring.

We remain committed to hiring critical scholars whose work prioritizes police and prison abolition, demilitarization, racism, anti-blackness, and community restorative justice.


In solidarity,
The Department of Justice Studies Faculty


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Attention All Students!

 Justice Studies Department Office Hours (ZOOM)

Monday - Friday:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Winter 2021 Advisors 

Forensic Science Advisor — Dr. Shawna Bolton

Justice Studies Advisor — Professor Dina Kameda

Graduate Advisor (For students in our Masters Programs)—  Dr. Allison Martin

General Advising-  ACCESS Success Center


The Justice Studies Department


Featuring student speakers, faculty videos, and individual recognition of each graduate will be posted online.

Saturday, December 19 at 6:00 PM at


Call for Papers and Editors for Themis!

Themis is a professional-quality, peer-reviewed academic journal, publishing SJSU student research in justice studies and forensic science. The journal features student research papers and book reviews. In addition to the printed publication, Themis is also available electronically and hosted by Digital Commons/SJSU Scholarworks.


Interested in Eyewitness Interviewing? Enroll in JS 185 next semester in Spring 2021!

The Department of Justice Studies Department offers you the art of interviewing eyewitnesses. Join fellow Justice Studies students, and aspiring law professionals in adding this fascinating elective course to your major. Study the methodologies of proven interview techniques and challenge your abilities as an interviewer to gather reliable information. Enhance your breadth of knowledge with the latest research on eyewitness misidentification and see how it affects criminal investigations. Participate in eyewitness interviews and apply the advanced cognitive interview techniques developed by Professor Zamora.

Enrolling in JS 185 will:

  • Enhance your interview skills with challenging scenarios
  • Test your ability to identify misinformation
  • Practice the methodology and get results
  • Examine the psychology of eyewitness memory
  • Become a better listener
  • Add an elective you’ll never forget 

Download the flyer PDF here.

Lecturer: Gil Zamora, M.A.

Forensic Sketch artist since 1995. Member of the International Association for Identification.
Retired SJPD, 2011.

Professor Zamora was invited to be a speaker at the Talks at Harvard event in 2018 where he spoke about best practices for forensic artists, and the issues of eyewitness memory contamination.


After retirement from law enforcement, Professor Zamora was featured as the forensic artist in the highly acclaimed marketing campaign: The Real Beauty Sketches (2013). Professor Zamora was able to showcase his unique forensic art techniques in a way that brought about real discussions about how women saw themselves. The sketch results were dramatic and the video was viewed over 100 million times worldwide, bringing attention to self perception and the idea of real beauty.


For more information, contact Professor Zamora or visit


Important information regarding Graduation Applications

All graduation paperwork, including Graduation Application, Major/Minor Forms, and Substitution Formsmust be signed off by your advisor electronically.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your JS or FS major advisor online via email or ZOOM HERE.


The Department of Justice Studies is offering a new Forensic Science concentration starting Fall 2020 - Digital Evidence

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Download the Fact Sheet [PDF] 

For the Forensic Science Digital Evidence concentration degree requirements, please visit the SJSU catalog website.




CAPS is operating all of its services remotely.

As of April 8th, CAPS is operating all of its services remotely. Students can receive services by calling the CAPS main line at (408) 924-5910 during their hours:

Monday - Thursday:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Services are being provided either by phone or video conference, utilizing Zoom Health for our video sessions—a secure, encrypted, HIPAA compliant service.

Individual personal and educational counseling, as well as clinical case management appointments, are available and students can get a scheduled appointment within 7-10 days. Crisis intervention services are currently being covered by our clinical counselors during business hours. After-hour crisis intervention services continue to be available by calling the main line at (408) 924-5910, and selecting option 4. Psychiatric services are available Tuesday - Thursday, by calling the Student Health Center appointment line at (408) 924-6122.

For more information, please visit the CAPS website.


Graduate Programs: M.S. Justice Studies and M.S. Criminology

 justiceAre you interested in continuing your education in justice studies?

By obtaining an M.S. in Justice Studies, graduates are prepared for careers in criminal justice administration, research and policy centers, public institutions, community organizations and nonprofit agencies, as well as for doctoral programs and research positions in public agencies.

If you are interested in furthering your education in justice, we encourage you to learn about the opportunities available to you in the Department of Justice Studies.

For more information about what the program entails or if you have any specific questions, please visit the Graduate Page.