CCJ Masters Program sees first graduates!
The Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice program saw its first group of students: Arizat Adams, Yasmeen Baydoun, Thomas Latimer, and Franz Blanchard (not pictured) graduate from the program at the end of the Fall 2018 semester. Dr. Julie Roddy, Director of the CCJ Graduate Program, oversaw all students’ masters essays.
Overall enrollment has been continuing to grow. There are currently 28 students in the program. Additionally, there are eight undergraduate students enrolled in the 4+1 program enabling them to take up to 15 credits at the graduate level while completing their undergraduate degree. Visit the MS/CCJ program webpage for more information.
Dr. Julie Roddy presented five different lectures at the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Michigan Premier Public Health, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conferences. 
Criminology and Criminal Justice Expo
In October, the 14th annual Criminology and Criminal Justice Exposition hosted 28 local, state, and federal criminal justice related agencies. They provided information on employment requirements, job duties, and potential internships to over 200 students who stopped in.
Course Spotlight
CRJ 415/515 – Restorative Justice explores the practice of restorative justice as it has been engaged in historical and contemporary criminal justice contexts. Topics addressed include the principles and philosophies underlying restorative justice, differences between retributive and restorative models, victim-offender dialogue, and offender reintegration. Students will be asked to think critically about restorative and retributive systems and to apply these concepts to develop their own approach to restorative justice.
In November, CCJ graduate students Michelle Lishin and Megan Laesser presented a lecture and activity on restorative justice in Kochoff Hall for undergraduate students in Dr. Francine Banner’s CRJ 447, Family Violence, class. Both students are certified by the International Institute for Restorative Justice as restorative conference facilitators. Michelle and Megan will also be hosting a workshop for the Office of Metropolitan Impact’s Public Allies program in January.
Criminal Justice Field Trips
Throughout the year, students are given opportunities to attend field trips to explore and learn about different aspects of the criminal justice system. In August, Professor Aaron Kinzel accompanied a group of CCJ students to the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio to take an informational tour of the prison. Keep an eye out for information on the next trip.
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CCJ Director Donald Shelton (center) with Chief Judge Robert Colombo and Hon. Annette Berry signing the CSPS extension in November. 
The Dearborn Law Department, Fire Department, and 19th District Court employees are now eligible to receive the Community Service Personnel Scholarship! The scholarship awards employees from participating agencies to receive a 20% tuition and fee discount towards any undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 
CCJ Internship
All criminal justice majors are required to participate in the internship program, which allows students to gain real experience and participate in a seminar to further their knowledge to help make informed decisions about their future in criminal justice related fields.
For more information, including application periods and the link to the online application, please visit the CCJ Internship page or contact Michelle Lishin at 313-583-6404 or
Hon./Dr. Donald Shelton and Dr. Julie Roddy managed the 7th cohort of the AVF program, which consisted of both Dearborn police officers and Michigan State troopers. So far, the program has trained over 140 local law enforcement officers in de-escalation techniques.
Conize A. Welch Jr. gave a guest lecture for Professor Kinzel in CRJ 469, Juvenile Delinquency, talking about how violence and delinquent acts in his youth nearly earned him a life sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections. Cozine was just recently released after spending over 22 years in prison. He is a published author, poet, musician, and is currently employed by the University of Michigan.
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