about CCJ

about us 

Our school is a nationally recognized leader in higher education and is highly regarded for its distinguished faculty and research productivity. Our program is ranked 12th in the nation by U.S. News and World Reports and our world-class faculty is engaged in cutting edge research which prepares students for the challenges of criminal justice practice in the 21st century.

We are one of the highest rated programs at Arizona State University and conveniently located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the sixth largest city in the U.S. Our proximity to major criminal justice agencies enhances the opportunities for instruction, practice and student internship experience. Read about our growth in the 2005-2010 Five Year Report.


We strive to produce world-class criminological research and to maintain high-quality academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students by creating intellectual fusion through interdisciplinary approaches to major social issues; being socially embedded in our community to maximize our local impact as well as our national stature; and contributing to societal transformations in ways that facilitate greater well-being and enhance public safety.

research areas

  • Community and Institutional Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Gender on Sentencing Decisions
  • Fraud Victimization, Gender & Crime
  • Gangs, Community Policing, and Drug Use
  • Immigration, Crime and Social Justice
  • Juvenile Court Processes
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration
  • Sentencing Policies
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • Theories of Disorder, Neighborhoods and Crime