UHD Masters of Criminal Justice

UHD Masters of Criminal Justice Connect to the Masters of Criminal Justice degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown. Get connected with Alumni and current students of your Masters program.

Visit our website for information on the program requirements. https://www.uhd.edu/academics/public-service/criminal-justice/Pages/cj-graduate.aspx

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This is the final week of summer classes, which means it is time to get registered for the fall semester!  Contact the P...
07/27/2021

This is the final week of summer classes, which means it is time to get registered for the fall semester! Contact the Program Director or the Asst. Director of Graduate Studies if you need academic advising. Classes start on August 23!

This is the final week of summer classes, which means it is time to get registered for the fall semester! Contact the Program Director or the Asst. Director of Graduate Studies if you need academic advising. Classes start on August 23!

Deadline for fall applications is quickly approaching!  Get your materials submitted no later than July 31 if you want t...
07/19/2021
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) | University of Houston-Downtown

Deadline for fall applications is quickly approaching! Get your materials submitted no later than July 31 if you want to start the MSCJ or Applied Correctional Certificate program this fall. The fall semester begins on August 23. https://www.uhd.edu/academics/public-service/criminal-justice/Pages/cj-graduate-mscj.aspx

UHD's Master of Science in Criminal Justice builds a foundation for students in the following areas: criminological theory, program evaluation and criminal justice administration. Find out how we can help you Finish UHD Strong.

Pursuing a career as a case manager, probation officer, or parole officer?  Get the skills you need with the 18-credit A...
06/24/2021
Applied Correctional Practice Graduate Certificate | University of Houston-Downtown

Pursuing a career as a case manager, probation officer, or parole officer? Get the skills you need with the 18-credit Applied Correctional Practice Certificate. Apply today to be in the first cohort this August!

https://www.uhd.edu/academics/public-service/criminal-justice/Pages/Applied-Correctional-Practice.aspx

The college experience wouldn't be complete without UHD's state-of-the-art recreation center, club teams and intramural sports. All of which allow students to stay in shape, show off their UHD Gator spirit, bond through teamwork and just plain have some fun.

06/24/2021

Happy PRIDE Month to all our LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni!

Did you know that March is National Criminal Justice Month?  It was established to promote societal awareness about caus...
03/16/2021
National Criminal Justice Month 2021: An Advocacy Toolkit

Did you know that March is National Criminal Justice Month? It was established to promote societal awareness about causes and consequences of crime. Most Americans have been touched by the criminal legal system in some form. Check out this article to learn more: https://www.forensicscolleges.com/blog/criminal-justice-awareness-month

This guide to National Criminal Justice Month includes interviews with two experts, and spotlights the issue of racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Our faculty are consistently producing valuable scholarship.  See the latest publication from Dr. Jace Valcore, part of ...
03/10/2021
Experiences of Trans Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Our faculty are consistently producing valuable scholarship. See the latest publication from Dr. Jace Valcore, part of a Special Issue on Centering the Margins: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10612-021-09561-5

Trans individuals experience disproportionately high rates of victimization, discrimination and disparate treatment by the criminal processing system, as well as misrepresentation by the media. The importance and validity of studying transgender people’s experiences in the criminal processing syst...

We hope everyone has power and water and is recovering from the stress and any damage done by the winter storm and Texas...
02/21/2021
UHD Reopening Monday, Feb. 22

We hope everyone has power and water and is recovering from the stress and any damage done by the winter storm and Texas's unprepared infrastructure. Campus re-opens and classes resume tomorrow! If you need resources or recovery assistance, check the link below and your gatormail. The Dept. of CJ & SW also has a free resource room in C. 340 where you can grab clothes, food, and toiletries.
https://news.uhd.edu/uhd-reopening-monday-feb-22/

Dear UHD Community,We hope everyone is recovering from last week’s winter storm. Low temperatures, loss of power and numerous other issues posed challenges for all Houstonians, but warmer days are ahead of us. Still, many of our Gators face challenges with regard to water supplies or damage to the...

02/15/2021

Stay home, stay safe, stay warm!

Did you know that today is #SaferInternetDay?  Check out this Angry Young Men Report from https://www.saferinternetday.o...
02/09/2021
Resource detail - Safer Internet Day - BIK Community

Did you know that today is #SaferInternetDay? Check out this Angry Young Men Report from https://www.saferinternetday.org/resources/resource?id=26775
"Over the last years, a new type of hate preachers, mass
murderers and terrorists have emerged. Angry, young
men get together in online communities and assure
each other that everyone else is at fault: Women, the
jews, muslims and mass media are blamed in an attempt to place the blame for the decay of society or the
misery of the men themselves. And certain individuals
even believe that these “problems” should be solved
using violence."

Ever wonder how Groundhog Day originated?  It evolved out of the Gaelic festival Imbolc and the Christian observance of ...
02/02/2021
Imbolc

Ever wonder how Groundhog Day originated? It evolved out of the Gaelic festival Imbolc and the Christian observance of Candlemas before the Pennsylvania Dutch brought it across the Atlantic and made it into a U.S. tradition. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb527

Imbolc, February 1, the early Irish quarter day at the beginning of spring, and the festival day of St. Brigit (also the name of a pre‐Christian Irish deity), is followed on February 2 by Candlemas, ...

You won't want to miss this event!  February 4 @1:00pm. Keri Blakinger is a journalist who started covering death row an...
02/02/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: vitalvoices: Trouble with Authorities: The Journey from Prisoner to Prisons Reporter. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

You won't want to miss this event! February 4 @1:00pm. Keri Blakinger is a journalist who started covering death row and prisons after doing time herself. Currently a reporter with the Marshall Project and formerly with the Houston Chronicle, she will talk about the journey from prisoner to prisons reporter, discuss what life is like behind bars, and talk about the value of reporting on mass incarceration.

Keri Blakinger is a journalist who started covering death row and prisons after doing time herself. Currently a reporter with the Marshall Project and formerly with the Houston Chronicle, she will talk about the journey from prisoner to prisons reporter, discuss what life is like behind bars, and ta...

Timeline Photos
01/22/2021

Timeline Photos

https://youtu.be/wCxq6xAAQuE

Welcome Back Spring 2021 Students! Our College of Public Service faculty and staff want to welcome you back this new semester. Know that we are here for you if you need help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you. ⁠

Did you know that we have a resource room for our students? Here you can find casual and professional clothing for both men and women, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and food. All resources are available at no cost to you. For more information, contact Vivian Smith in the Social Work department at [email protected]. ⁠

#youbelongcps #spring2021 #uhdgators

01/19/2021
www.bb.uhd.edu

Welcome to the spring 2021 semester! Today is the first day of classes, so log-on to www.bb.uhd.edu to get started!😀

01/18/2021
If your friends and family are asking you questions about the police response this week at the Capital, some criminology...
01/09/2021
ASU FAQs Regarding the Police Response to the Storming of the U.S. Capitol

If your friends and family are asking you questions about the police response this week at the Capital, some criminology and criminal justice experts have put together a helpful webpage: https://ccj.asu.edu/content/asu-faqs-regarding-police-response-storming-us-capitol?fbclid=IwAR2X3uSVmx4FgFhVp3tVCYviY-GeqoXqyCl9ILvwIeaexEi-yhmLJ5IiSlc

On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Capitol was stormed in a manner not seen since the War of 1812. To many, the ease of the assault was shocking, highlighting differences in how law enforcement has approached other protests.Faculty from Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justi...

Shout out to current MSCJ student and HPD officer Marlenis Ayala Ay Marleni for organizing a successful toy drive for lo...
12/28/2020

Shout out to current MSCJ student and HPD officer Marlenis Ayala Ay Marleni for organizing a successful toy drive for low income families and children who have been victims of crime. She said "It was a very emotional week seeing so many members of our community coming together for a great cause." #publicservice

Shout out to current MSCJ student and HPD officer Marlenis Ayala Ay Marleni for organizing a successful toy drive for low income families and children who have been victims of crime. She said "It was a very emotional week seeing so many members of our community coming together for a great cause." #publicservice

Whatever and however you celebrate- we wish you a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season!
12/22/2020

Whatever and however you celebrate- we wish you a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season!

Whatever and however you celebrate- we wish you a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season!

Congratulations to our fall 2020 MSCJ graduates!Daniel Hernandez Nadia IrsanNona Perkins GarciaDiana RodriguezMichael We...
12/18/2020

Congratulations to our fall 2020 MSCJ graduates!
Daniel Hernandez
Nadia Irsan
Nona Perkins Garcia
Diana Rodriguez
Michael Welch
Richard Wille

Congratulations to our fall 2020 MSCJ graduates!
Daniel Hernandez
Nadia Irsan
Nona Perkins Garcia
Diana Rodriguez
Michael Welch
Richard Wille

Virtual 2020 Commencement ceremonies will be streamed tomorrow via Facebook, Youtube, or the UHD website.  Click here fo...
12/18/2020
Commencement Update: Streaming the Event from Facebook or YouTube

Virtual 2020 Commencement ceremonies will be streamed tomorrow via Facebook, Youtube, or the UHD website. Click here for more info: https://news.uhd.edu/commencement-update-streaming-the-event-from-facebook-or-youtube/

UHD’s Commencement ceremonies celebrating Fall/Summer and Spring 2020 graduates will begin streaming on both Facebook and YouTube starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19.The event honoring Spring 2020 graduates is expected to run approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.Fall and summer 2020 graduate ack...

12/16/2020

Congrats to all for surviving the fall semester and the year 2020!

12/11/2020

Happy Hanukkah!

November is National Native American Heritage Month.  Learn more about Native American history as it relates to criminal...
11/23/2020
Memorialization & Justice as an Ancestral Imperative: Two American Cases

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about Native American history as it relates to criminal and social justice with resources from the Library of Congress such as this:

https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-6918

The role of orally transmitted ancestral memory in ongoing struggles to overcome past injustices is proving critical in the struggle for human rights, civil rights and justice. In this context, the presentation reflects on two path-breaking cases of recent public memorialization: the Moiwana Massacr...

UHD at CrimCon today:2:00pm Guns, Schools & Police -Stream 2"Is it safer to have guns on campus? An exploratory research...
11/19/2020
CrimCon Preliminary Program — CrimCon.org

UHD at CrimCon today:

2:00pm Guns, Schools & Police -Stream 2
"Is it safer to have guns on campus? An exploratory research of student’s perception of campus carry"
Hsiao-Ming Wang, University of Houston-Downtown
Yu-Sen (Ethan) Chang, Central Police University (Taiwan)

3:00pm Police Administration - Stream 3
"The rhetoric of police unions: A content analysis of national and regional news that quote union representatives."
Kevin Buckler, University of Houston-Downtown

https://crimcon.org/program

Preliminary program for the First Annual Meeting of the Criminology Consortium, November 18-20, 2020

Don't miss a unique opportunity to participate in an academic CJ conference for free!  Streaming virtually from https://...
11/18/2020
CrimCon Preliminary Program — CrimCon.org

Don't miss a unique opportunity to participate in an academic CJ conference for free! Streaming virtually from https://crimcon.org/program today through Friday, several UHD faculty and alums will be presenting research.
Today at 1pm you can catch Dr. Kevin Buckler on the Policy & Crime panel (stream 3) or the Corrections and the Pandemic panel (stream 4) where research conducted by MSCJ alum Beatriz Amalfi and former UHD faculty Lori Lovins and Rebecca Pfeffer will be presented.

Preliminary program for the First Annual Meeting of the Criminology Consortium, November 18-20, 2020

For those trying to get data on COVID impacts in Texas's CJ systems:
11/12/2020
New report reveals the devastating toll of COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails

For those trying to get data on COVID impacts in Texas's CJ systems:

Texas has had more COVID-19 infections and deaths among incarcerated people and staff than any other state in the country, according to a new report from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The report, titled "COVID and Corrections: A Profile of COVID...

There's still time to get registered for CrimCon 2020- a free virtual conference for criminal justice scholars and profe...
11/11/2020
CrimCon 2020 Registration — CrimCon.org

There's still time to get registered for CrimCon 2020- a free virtual conference for criminal justice scholars and professionals! https://crimcon.org/registration The conference will be streamed November 18-20. Sign-up to catch these presentations from your UHD faculty:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th - STREAM #3
4:00pm - Police administration

4. The rhetoric of police unions: A content analysis of national and regional news that quote union representatives.
Kevin Buckler, University of Houston-Downtown

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20th STREAM #4
3:00pm - Community policing

2. Evaluation of the CORE Telehealth Program to Manage Mental Health Emergency Calls
Lori Lovins, Bowling Green State University
Ashley Blackburn, University of Houston Downtown
Heather Goltz, University of Houston Downtown
Dana Smith, University of Houston Downtown

Register to attend CrimCon 2020, a virtual academic criminology and criminal justice conference. You don't have to register to attend our sessions, but we would appreciate it!

Join us as Dr. Kevin Buckler shares his research on federal sentencing in illegal reentry cases in Houston federal distr...
10/30/2020

Join us as Dr. Kevin Buckler shares his research on federal sentencing in illegal reentry cases in Houston federal district courts. November 10, 3-4:30pm

Join us as Dr. Kevin Buckler shares his research on federal sentencing in illegal reentry cases in Houston federal district courts. November 10, 3-4:30pm

10/29/2020
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New Applied Correctional Practice Graduate Certificate starts Fall 2021! ​

"The need for individuals with the knowledge and skills to serve justice-involved populations is important for various criminal justice agencies. The University of Houston-Downtown Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work partnered with professionals in both criminal justice and social work to develop an integrated graduate-level certificate that not only provides knowledge regarding evidence-based practices, but also the necessary skills to interact with various justice-involved populations."
More info here:
https://www.uhd.edu/academics/public-service/criminal-justice/Pages/Applied-Correctional-Practice.aspx

Get registered for Crim Con, a free virtual conference for CJ scholars and practitioners!  Several MSCJ faculty, and one...
10/28/2020
About us — CrimCon.org

Get registered for Crim Con, a free virtual conference for CJ scholars and practitioners! Several MSCJ faculty, and one recent alum, are presenting their research. https://crimcon.org/about

We're criminology and criminal justice academics and practitioners who want to help you share your research

Gators Vote! Find polling locations & waiting times, early voting hours, sample ballots, and everything else you need fo...
10/20/2020
Harris Votes

Gators Vote! Find polling locations & waiting times, early voting hours, sample ballots, and everything else you need for the 2020 election in Harris County at https://www.harrisvotes.com/

Welcome From County Clerk!Harris County is stronger when we all vote. This website contains important information to ensure voters have what they need to cast their ballot.The electoral process is at its strongest when our community is informed and engaged. As the Chief Elections Officer of Harris C...

Learn about careers in the FBI and the long application process here:https://fbijobs.gov/career-paths/special-agents
10/15/2020
Special Agents | FBIJOBS

Learn about careers in the FBI and the long application process here:
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The FBI needs Special Agents who come from a broad range of backgrounds and career fields and who bring unique skill sets that complement our mission-critical work. Our Special Agents enforce more than 300 federal statutes, conduct criminal and national security investigations, protect the American....

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Check our some of our MSCJ students, along with members of Alpha Phi Sigma, volunteering at the Urban Enrichment Institute! We discussed consent and healthy boundaries, a seemingly ever increasingly important topic.