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.

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

  • 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


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Featured course

CRJU 3320: Police-Community Relations


Latest news about criminal justice

  • 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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  • Trophy for Top 25 ranking

    For second year in a row, School of Public Affairs places in Top 25 in national rankings

    Mar 17, 2020 by Toula Wellbrook
    U.S. News & World Report today released its 2021 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, in which University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs maintains its position from last year: tied at number 25 in the nation for overall public affairs programs. The 2021 ranking positions the School of Public Affairs alongside Duke University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland–College Park, University of Nebraska–Omaha and University of Wisconsin–Madison. Additionally, the ranking sustains the school’s position as the top public affairs school in Colorado.
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  • Rennison and Dodge honored with TAA textbook awards

    Mar 2, 2020 by Toula Wellbrook
    Criminal Justice professors Callie Rennison and Mary Dodge at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs are the recipients of awards from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) for two textbooks that were published in 2019. The awards will be presented during an awards luncheon at TAA’s 33rd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in San Diego, CA, June 12, 2020.
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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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  • Trophy for Top 25 award

    School of Public Affairs rises in national rankings, retains no. 1 spot in Colorado

    Mar 12, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    U.S. News & World Report today released its 2020 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, in which University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs advanced nine places since the 2018 rankings to tie for the number 25 position in the nation for overall public affairs programs. The 2020 ranking sustains the school’s position as the top public affairs school in Colorado.
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  • Group photo of honored guests at Champions for Change event

    Center on Domestic Violence honors two women who strengthened legal rights for domestic violence victims

    Oct 5, 2018 by Toula Wellbrook
    CU Denver School of Public Affairs Center on Domestic Violence hosted the 2018 Champions for Change Awards Dinner at Mile High Station in Denver on October 5. The Champions for Change Award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions toward effective intervention and prevention of gender-based violence and who exemplify the vision and values of the Center on Domestic Violence.
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