Criminal justice

The field of criminology and criminal justice addresses the nature and causes of crime and the administration and impacts of our criminal justice system. The School of Public Affairs faculty are experts in areas such as law enforcement and policing reform, crime data analysis, gender-based violence, victimology, and white-collar crime, and our alumni are represented in organizations across the criminal justice spectrum from federal investigative agencies to community nonprofits. 


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Selected media mentions

Below is a selection of articles in which our Criminal Justice faculty and Center on Domestic Violence staff have been featured.

Featured webinar

How can we improve police and community relations?

No issue has more national attention right now than police and community relationships and related racial inequities, after the brutal killings of George Floyd and others by police officers. Massive protests and calls for police reform continue across the nation, even as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosted a webinar on June 30, delving into the topic of improving police and community relations.


  • Mary Dodge, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, CU Denver School of Public Affairs


  • Jessie Lee, Executive Consultant, The Kaleidoscope Group; Former Executive Director, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Tanya Settles, CEO, Paradigm Public Affairs and CU Denver School of Public Affairs Alumna
  • Paul Taylor, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, CU Denver School of Public Affairs; Former Colorado law enforcement officer

Faculty OpEd

Featured course

CRJU 3320: Police-Community Relations

Latest news about criminal justice

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    Huss joins efforts to combat youth violence in Denver

    Sep 2, 2020 by Toula Wellbrook
    Youth violence has been on the rise in Denver, and with the help of Dr. Sheila Huss, the City of Denver is on the case. Dr. Sheila Huss is an assistant professor of criminal justice, clinical teaching track, at the CU Denver School of Public Affairs, and she also serves as the program director for the school’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Since early 2020, she has been performing a needs assessment around youth violence prevention efforts in Denver as part of the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table (YVPAT).
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  • School of Public Affairs hosts the Colorado Parole Board

    Apr 6, 2020 by Dr. Sheila Huss
    The members of the Colorado Parole Board were the featured presenters at the School of Public Affairs’ Criminal Justice Series event on February 25. The board provided an overview of the parole system, their responsibilities as parole board members and the type of experience that is essential for serving on the board. Here are some highlights from their presentation.
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    CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosts event on technology in the criminal justice system

    Oct 9, 2019 by Dr. Sheila Huss
    Roughly 80 people from CU Denver and the surrounding community attended the Criminal Justice Series Event, “Technology in the Criminal Justice System,” on September 30, 2019. The Criminal Justice Program, hosted by CU Denver School of Public Affairs, featured three panelists in the event: Andrew J. Contiguglia, a defense attorney with decades of experience in state and federal courts; Michelle Means, a federal probation officer for the District of Colorado; and Paul Taylor, an Assistant Professor at the CU Denver School of Public Affairs and former law enforcement officer. The panelists discussed how technology has changed over the years and the impact of these changes.
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