Welcome incoming and prospective students!

Choosing the appropriate graduate program can be stressful and overwhelming. We are here to provide information in the decision-making process. If you are interested in graduate studies in the Department, how to navigate administrative paperwork, or where to live and what to do in Philly feel free to contact a graduate student. We will do whatever we can to ease your transition into graduate studies in the Department of Criminal Justice.

The Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association (CJGSA) is an active group that sponsors academic and social events that facilitate both the professional development and social development of our members. The CJGSA is responsible for serving as a liaison between graduate students and faculty members, assisting undergraduate students in the development and refinement of their coursework through the department Mentoring Center, and offering support to incoming and prospective students by sharing information and perspectives on the program, graduate student life, and living in Philadelphia. In addition to these routine activities, the CJGSA invites critical thinkers to share their justice related ideas and experiences with Temple University and Philadelphia each spring. In 2013, this event was institutionalized as the Annual John S. Goldkamp Lecture with the intention of honoring Professor Goldkamp’s innovative contributions to the field of Criminal Justice.


Officers 2016-2017

President: Hannah Klein
Vice President: Bria Higgs
Treasurer: Ryan Fisher
Secretary: Nili Gesser
Graduate Representative: Kris Castner
Officers of Social Affairs: Megan McConaghy
Mentor Center Coordinator- Josh Koehnlein

Past events

Spring 2013

April 2nd | 1-3 PM | Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall on Temple University’s Main Campus
The First Annual John S. Goldkamp Lecture featuring David Kennedy Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America “Professor David Kennedy, also director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, has dedicated his career to reducing inner-city violence. He is responsible for the creation of Operation Cease Fire, which is designed to combat drug- and gang- related violence in urban neighborhoods. First introduced in Boston, Operation Cease Fire has been shown to effectively reduce homicide rates; and is now in use in cities across the country. Please join us for a lecture and interactive discussion with Professor Kennedy on what can be done to address inner-city violence.”

Fall 2012

The CJGSA and their guests took Eastern State Penitentiary by storm for the annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house!

Spring 2012

March 23rd | 4-5:30 PM 
Adrian Raine Guest Lecture Neurocriminology: A Bohemian Rhapsody 

Spring 2011 

April 6th | 10-11 AM 
unprecedented access to experience leadership in a Chicago gang. Join us as he confronts issues of: poverty,race,welfare,violence and drugs.”

Spring 2009

January 30th 
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student “Works in Progress” Symposium Series
  • Jaime Henderson (Criminal Justice) Considering Current Juvenile Sex Offender Policy for Pennsylvania
  • Mike Norton (Sociology). Revoking the American Dream: High Priced Lending and Segmented Mortgage Markets in Suburban
  • Philadelphia Paul Kahan (History)
  • Philadelphia’s Bastille: Eastern State Penitentiary and the American Commitment to Penal Education,1829-1971
February 27th
  • Ricky Moye (Sociology) Does racial integration threaten property values? New evidence from Philadelphia Lallen Johnson (Criminal Justice) Travel distance to drug markets – Implications for policing and CPTED
  • Katrina Morrison (Criminal Justice) Students writing about violence
April 10th
  • Chris Salvatore (Criminal Justice) Exploring Race-Based Differences in Life-Course Patterns of Criminality
  • Rich Grippaldi (History) Punishment on the plains: Military discipline at Old Fort Gibson
  • Liana Taylor (Criminal Justice) Retention in juvenile treatment court
  • Laura Porterfield (Urban Education) Space, place, and black female adolescent identity: Explorations of gender violence in and around school neighborhoods
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