Teaching assistant Christopher Chukwuedo assists a student in the computer lab of the Center for Law and Criminal Justice

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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Using Data to Understand and Prevent Crime

In the past 10 years, violent crime has been on the rise across U.S cities, and without intervention it will only continue to grow. To tackle this issue the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice developed risk terrain modeling to address areas of high crime without the need for over policing. 

This technique for analyzing root causes and city landscapes is a critical tool for improving Public Safety outcomes. With national and international recognition, Rutgers has pioneered a unique approach to reimagining crime prevention. 

The Rutgers-led Newark Public Safety Collaborative engages over 40 community organizations, providing real-world data and insights that empower them to make meaningful actions to reduce crimes. 

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.

Program Spotlight: Justice Studies (BA)

There is a high demand for professionals who can respond effectively to issues of justice and inequity. The Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies program provides students with a challenging and exciting course of study that will help them become the best in their fields.

Program graduates will have a deep understanding about

  • How justice systems operate
  • How justice resources are distributed across different social, racial, and economic groups (and to what effect)
  • How inequities in these distributions lead to broad problems of human rights and human dignity

This major will prepare students for citizenship in multicultural and global societies, where justice is a core area of contested thinking.

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Student Perspective

"I really fell in love with the overall criminal justice program and student life experience. They have a great criminal justice program and the school offers many opportunities such as summer internships, study abroad programs, a top-five Ph.D. program, and very strong job opportunities."

Jenny E., Criminal Justice and Computer Science

Jenny E., Computer Science & Criminal Justice

From Incarcerated to Educated

The New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) is an association of higher education institutions in New Jersey that works in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and State Parole Board. NJ-STEP provides higher education courses for all students under the custody of the State of New Jersey while they are incarcerated and assists in the transition to college life upon their release into the community. The program's goal is for every person in prison who qualifies for college to have an opportunity to take college classes while incarcerated and continue that education upon release.

NJ-STEP program