Current News

Dr. Belenko's new book!


Dr. Belenko's new book (co-authored with Cassia Spohn) titled 'Drugs, Crime, and Justice' was just published! The book is an engaging, yet comprehensive, analysis of the interrelationships among drug use/abuse, crime, and justice. The authors also examine and assess the impact of the war on drugs and conclude with a discussion of recent policy changes such as drug courts and reform/repeal of mandatory minimum sentences and an examination of new and emerging drug policies in the 21st Century.


Congratulations Dr. Belenko!


Dr. Groff receives funding from the Police Foundation!


Dr. Elizabeth Groff has been awarded funding from the Police Foundation for her work entitled, Preventing Near Repeat Residential Burglary Patterns from Unfolding: Testing a Theoretically-Informed Geospatial Policing Strategy. The primary funder of this research is NIJ.


The fact that homes nearby a burglarized home are at higher risk of becoming burglary victims themselves is now well-established. The spatial and temporal components of the “near repeat” pattern of burglaries can be quantified and usually involve an increased level of risk at nearby locations for a relatively short distance (one to two blocks) and a limited amount of time (sometimes a matter of a few days or a week, other times longer) after the first occurrence in an area. The proposed work uses a randomized controlled trial to test whether quickly notifying community residents that they are at an increased risk for a burglary and providing them with burglary prevention tips reduces incidents of further burglary in the high risk time period.


Congratulations Dr. Groff!


Cory Haberman awarded  a NIJ Dissertation Fellowship!


Cory Haberman, one of our outstanding PhD candidates, has been awarded the highly competitive and prestigious National Institute of Justice Dissertation Fellowship to support his dissertation research "Cops on Dots Doing What? The Differential Effects of Law Enforcement-Oriented Actions in Hot Spots" (committee chair:  Prof. Jerry Ratcliffe).


Drs. Ratcliffe and Taylor awarded an NIJ grant!


Congratulations to Drs. Jerry Ratcliffe and Ralph Taylor for being awarded a grant from NIJ to support their study “Policing predicted crime areas: An operationally-realistic randomized, controlled field experiment”.

More information can be found here.



Dr. Rege is Co-PI on NSF grant!


Congratulations to Dr Aunshul Rege who is co-PI on a newly awarded National Science Foundation grant!


Titled “Towards Secure Networked Cyber-Physical Systems: A Theoretic Framework with Bounded Rationality”, this project will develop a multidisciplinary framework that weaves together principles from cybersecurity, control theory, networking and criminology. Read more here.




Dr. Ratcliffe featured in News Works


Dr. Ratcliffe and Dr. Johnson (Assistant Criminal Justice professor at Drexel University), analyzed vehicular crimes, residential burglaries and violent street felonies in Fishtown between 2004 and 2011. They found that crime did not significantly rise in the area.

Click here to read and hear more.



Dr. Ratcliffe gets Ronald V. Clarke ECCA Award


At a recent meeting of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) symposium in Kerkrade, Netherlands, Professor Jerry Ratcliffe was awarded the Ronald V. Clarke ECCA award.  The award is given to a scholar who has made fundamental contributions to the field of environmental criminology and crime analysis. Temple University hosted the symposium in 2012 and is the only institution in the world with two award winners (the other being Emeritus Professor George Rengert).


Congratulations Dr. Ratcliffe!




Dr. Belenko gets Additional Funding from NIH


Steven Belenko (Criminal Justice) has been awarded an additional year of funding from NIH for this work on The Temple University Center for Adolescent Implementation Research


Congratulations Dr. Belenko!




Evan Sorg Awarded the ASC Division of Experimental Criminology Outstanding Student Paper Award


Our very own Evan Sorg won the American Society of Criminology's Division of Experimental Criminology Outstanding Student Paper Award!


“Boundary adherence during place based-policing evaluations: a research note,” used data gathered as part of the Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment to demonstrate the extent to which police officers patrolled outside of their assigned patrol locations, and used qualitative data to explain why they did.  The results have implications for the accuracy with which net effects, crime displacement and the diffusion of crime control benefits are measured during place-based policing evaluations. 


The Division of Experimental Criminology outstanding student paper award is given for an outstanding research paper involving experimental field trials, or theoretical or policy questions in the area of experimental criminology.  In addition to recognition at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting, the award carries with it a $500 prize. Congratulations Evan!



Our Undergraduate Diamond Research Scholars


Two of our undergraduate students, William Kelly (right) and Kelly Slater (left), seen here with Dr. Emily Moerer (center), are this year's Diamond Research Scholars. Kelly's research is titled " Religion and Re-entry: Envisioning the “New” Moral Self', and Slater's research is titled "The Palermo strategy: Incentivizing organized crime testimony”. Congratulations to you both!



Outstanding Criminal Justice Students Recieve Scholarship at 2014 Baccalaureate Award Ceremony


Several of our students won awards and scholarships at the 2014 College of Liberal Arts Baccalaureate Award Ceremony on May 14, 2014.


Doris Grabosky Award in Criminal Justice - Kaylyn Christian; Isiah Gill
Marthe LaVallée- Williams Prize for Excellence in Italian - Emily Marie Davis
Maria Rosa Prize in Italian - Emily Marie Davis
Carolyn Karcher Prize - Isiah Gill
Phoenix Award - Kayla Gregg; Jeffrey C. Whittingham
Suzanne Cohen Wieseneck Endowed Scholarship - Jazmin Hernandez
Mitchell and Debra Sonkin Scholarship - William Kelly
Chief Inspector Vincent J. Greene, Sr. Memorial Award in Criminal Justice - Eric C. Mcewen
John Trone Scholarship - Maria Menges
Stephen H. Kellerman Scholarship - Jennifer Nguyen; Tony Pham
Criminal Justice Faculty Award - Britnee Marie Smith
Nadia Kravchenko Award - Stephen Specht
Neysa and Arlin Adams Prize for Excellence in Pre-Law Studies - Wilfred Beaye


Also, our very own Daniel Silverman received a Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. Congratulations to all of you!


Wilfred Beaye featured in Temple News


Wilfred Beaye, one of our outstanding Criminal Justice undergraduates, was featured in Temple News. He will be attending Harvard Law School in Fall 2014. Click here to read more. Congratulations Wilfred!


Criminal Justice Undergraduate gets Honorable Mention in the Library Prize


Kelly Slater's, one of our CJ Honors student, paper 'Public Corruption and Organized Crime: Philadelphia as a Case Study' was selected as an Honorable Mention in the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research competition. Her faculty sponsor was Prof. Rege. Congratulations Kelly! The Awards ceremony was held on May 1, 2014.




Criminal Justice Undergraduates Present Their Work at Organized Crime Conference in New York


Temple Department of Criminal Justice undergraduates Kelly Slater (CJ Honors student) and Wilfred Beaye (attending Harvard Law this Fall) presented their work at the MAFIAS Realities and Representations f Organized Conference hosted by CUNY's John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Their presentations were well-received.




Prof. Jones quoted in the NY Times


Prof. Jones comments on improving opportunities and active advising strategies for Temple undergraduates. Read the article here.


Criminal Justice Undergraduates Debate Team Wins  First Place


Temple Department of Criminal Justice was well-represented yesterday in the First Annual South Jersey Criminal Justice Debate Invitational, by Scott VanZant (one of our 4+1 students), by Kelly Slater (one of our CJ Honors students) and by Erin Connell (one of our CJ Honors Students). Our team won first place, and we also won first place (Kelly) and third place (Erin) individual. Go Temple CJ!!




Lori Pompa featured in Faculty Focus in Temple Today



In the latest installment of the Faculty Focus series, Lori Pompa—founder and director of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and criminal justice instructor in the College of Liberal Arts—discusses the growth of that educational program and the impact it has had since its inception in 1997. Click here to read more.


The Inside-Out Program was also featured on NewsWorks. The show is on WHYY (90.9 FM), our local NPR affiliate. Click here to read the piece and/or listen.


The program will also be featured on WHYY (90.9 FM) -- Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, and will run Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11:00am (EST).  Click here to learn more.


Criminal Justice students present at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Conference


Kelly Slater and Wilfred Beaye, undergraduate Criminal Justice students, presented their work at the ACJS conference in Philadelphia. Kelly's paper "The role of political corruption in the success of organized crime: Philadelphia as a case study" and Wilfred's paper "Cyber) extortion: an assessment of the enforcement complications in cyber and physical space" were well received. Their mentor was Dr. Rege. Congratulations Kelly and Wilfred!




Caitlin Taylor's piece in the Inquirer


Caitlin Taylor's op-ed, based on her dissertation, was published in the Inquirer on February 24, 2014.  Click here to read the piece.


Congratulations to our Diamond Peer Teacher!


Britnee Smith won the highly competitive and coveted Diamond Peer Teacher Award. She is working with Professor Metzger in her Planned Change course.


Kelly Slater presents her research at Harvard


Kelly Slater, a Criminal Justice Honors undergraduate student, presented some of her research stemming from an Independent study titled 'At the Nexus of Politics and Organized Crime: Examining Corruption in Philadelphia' at the National Collegiate Research Conference hosted by Harvard University (January 23-25, 2014). Congratulations Kelly!


Professor Metzger and Emeritus Professor Harland quoted in the Inquirer


Professor Metzger and Emeritus Professor Harland shared their thoughts on the suburban prison expansions. Read the article here.


Prof. Vilcica quoted in the Chicago Reporter


Prof. Vilcica comments on the politics of gun violence in Chicago and how it may be driving dismissals. Read the article here.