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Criminal Justice Department

News & Events

  • Criminal Justice Professor Stephen Rice and Criminal Justice Advisory Board Member Sue Rahr published "From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals" with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) as part of Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety. More here.

    Kirk Bloodsworth will be on campus for a special showing of the new film An Innocent Man, the story of Kirk's experiences after being convicted, sentenced to death row, and exonerated through DNA evidence. November 10, 2015 6-9 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Free for SU students, faculty, and alumni. $10 for community. More here.

     An in-depth study by four Seattle University professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death. More here.

    Adjunct, Al O'Brien was recently featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Seattle University Magazine in Dexter-like style.  Using Seattle University's Media Production Center, he prepared for one of our popular Forensic Science courses.  The article includes his preferred recipe for life-like "fake" blood. More here.

    The Criminal Justice Department hosted a well received Continuing Education event on The Biological Roots of Crime, Violence, and Psychopathy featuring author Adrian Raine on May 1, 2015. More here

    Criminal Justice Chair Jacqueline Helfgott received the 2013 Outstanding Academic Title award from Choice for her 4-volume, 1600-page reference set, Criminology Psychology. More here

    Criminal Justice Professor Matthew Hickman received a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct research on citizen complaints about police use of force. NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant includes funding for a graduate research assistant from the Master’s in Criminal Justice program. More here

    Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison and Department Chair Jacqueline Helfgott published Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment, which examines the issues surrounding offender reentry into society. More here. The book received a rave review from Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, here.