Department of Criminal Justice News
The Department of Criminal Justice provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed to give students comprehensive understanding of the nature and causes of crime, criminal justice processes, criminal justice organizations and agency practices, and the law and legal system.
Current Criminal Justice News
‘Orange is the New Black’ has mirrored real-life circumstances of women offenders since its debut in 2013.
Triple-major Martha Amaya’s research explores the interactions between policing, public policy, and crowd science.
Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.
Urban Adventure class draws in multiple disciplines to create a uniquely detailed scenario for students.
Urban Adventure class draws on police, social workers, actors and more to make a complex scenario come to life for Urban Affairs students.
Applications now open for all UNLV graduate students; internships begin in June and focus on the integration of policymaking, finance, effective communication.
Criminal Justice In The News
The Litchfield Correctional Facility in upstate New York might be the fictitious background of Netflix’s hit series “Orange is the New Black.” But the stories of the inmates — portrayed by Hollywood actresses — could be easily found throughout real women’s prisons across the U.S. and other countries.
Under fluorescent lights, a group of about 20 people huddles at a table listening to the static of the police-dispatch call fill the room.
Detectives bustle around a homicide scene while a public information officer fends off reporters crowded behind yellow tape. Social workers comfort traumatized witnesses while crime scene investigators collect evidence and examine the body.
It’s midday on a Thursday. The crime scene tape is up.
Rebecca Dunfield hurries out of the rain and rushes to her afternoon classes with her piping-hot peppermint tea in hand. It’s a similar scenario for other UNLV students.
Skye Dunfied is a 23-year-old junior at UNLV who is majoring in criminal justice and carrying a 3.9 GPA. Skye isn't your average student, however. She’s been legally blind since she was born.
She has a seeing eye dog named Cindi. Without Cindi, Skye's college experience would be more difficult.