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  • The Reality of Women’s Prisons

    As “Orange is the New Black” returns for a third season, UNLV criminologist Emily Salisbury talks about women in prison and what they need to succeed afterwards.

  • Community Engagement

    Criminal Justice faculty and students work on many projects with community organizations.

  • Criminal Justice Graduate Student Wins UNLV Outstanding Thesis Award

    Congratulations to Miliaikeala Heen who received the 2015 University Outstanding Thesis Award for her project entitled Putting the Microscope on Crime Labs: The Effects of Evidence Complexity and Laboratory Type on Jurors’ Perceptions of Forensic Evidence.

  • Criminal Justice Faculty Have the Focus on Body Cameras

    Public support for body-worn cameras is high but many doubt they will improve police and citizen relationships, according to a new national survey by UNLV Center for Crime and Justice Policy.

  • Community Service Activities

    Students engage in a variety of community service activities through the Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma), the Criminal Justice Club, and in classes.


The Department of Criminal Justice provides a broad-based liberal arts education, with particular focus on crime and criminal justice. Our program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and causes of crime, criminal justice processes, criminal justice organizations and agency practices, and the law and legal system. They will also be exposed to scientific and theoretical models that are used for the analysis and critique of the criminal justice system.


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