School of Criminal Justice
At the Vanguard of Social Justice Today
In the heart of Newark, the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University–Newark brings together a diverse set of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to social justice, community engagement, and public policy.
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Be the Change You Want to See
Students come to learn at the School of Criminal Justice to gain an understanding of the causes and contexts of crime, and the interrelated challenges faced and caused by criminal justice systems. Through a rich, multidisciplinary framework, students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will gain a wealth of relevant knowledge that can be applied in a professional setting to effect change.
"The staff at Rutgers University made it possible for me to have a smooth college experience. With their flexible and sociable approach, I had the opportunity to focus on my studies, make great bonds with my peers and expand my network connections." #RUScarletforever
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Meaningful and Productive Internships
Internships at the School of Criminal Justice – RU-N
The School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) prides itself on its partnerships with criminal justice agencies from across the continuum. We work with police, the courts and corrections, and with agencies that focus on reentry, social justice, and policy. Our partners are local, county, state, and federal. The SCJ successfully places its students in meaningful and productive internships in agencies, many of which have employment opportunities for our graduates. This practical hands-on internship experience provided by our partner agencies has proven to be invaluable.
Many of our agency partners participate in SCJ Agency Talks. Agency Talks inform students about agency missions, goals and service objectives. They provide students with information about the application process for internships and future employment and are a key resource for students interested in an internship. Students seeking an internship must meet with Ms. Lori Scott-Pickens, Director of Community Outreach and enroll in our internship course. For additional information, please contact her at email@example.com.
Dante Apaestegui isn’t exactly sure what lies ahead for him, but as the son of immigrant parents who came to the United States 30 years ago without jobs and unable to speak English, he can’t imagine a life that won’t include social activism.
SCJ Assistant Professor Dr. Colleen Berryessa's multi-method research considers how psychological processes, perceptions, attitudes, and social contexts affect the criminal-legal system, particularly related to courts, sentencing, and punishment. In a recent paper, she modeled how implicit social cognitive processes can influence how probation officers evaluate remorse expressions shown by defendants with particular characteristics.
Dr. Jason Silver is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Broadly, his research explores the roles of moral values and ideological beliefs in shaping responses to crime and criminal justice. In recently published and ongoing work, Dr. Silver and colleagues have been exploring how “person-centered” moral judgments—based on the idea that people are wired to make inferences about moral character from limited information—may affect how members of the public think about punishment and criminal justice policy.
Keisha April joined the faculty at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in 2022. Dr. April’s research, situated at the intersection of psychology and criminal justice, examines factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, her work seeks to promote a greater understanding of the relationships between communities of color and the police
Dr. Ebony Ruhland received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on how criminal justice policies and practices impact individuals, families, and communities. Through her research, Dr. Ruhland hopes to find ways to improve criminal justice and corrections policies to reduce mass incarceration, racial disparities, and collateral consequences while at the same time maintaining public safety.