Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University

Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University The department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University is a top-ranked program offering BA/BS, MA, and PhD degrees in Criminology, Law and Society and an MS degree in Criminal Justice.
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Campus Location 354 Enterprise Hall

Calling all CLS undergrads! Submit your paper for the 2019 Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award in Interdisciplinary L...
12/04/2018
Awards

Calling all CLS undergrads! Submit your paper for the 2019 Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies from the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. Deadline is Jan 15th. Details here: https://www.culjp.com/awards.html

2019 Teaching Innovation Award in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Teaching Deadline: Jan 15, 2019

Mason Police Cadets (many of whom are criminology, law and society majors!) organized a "Coffee with a Cop" event today ...
12/04/2018

Mason Police Cadets (many of whom are criminology, law and society majors!) organized a "Coffee with a Cop" event today to interact with members of the Mason community and promote awareness of the safety and security services they offer on campus.

For more info about the cadet program, go to: https://police.gmu.edu/programs-and-services/police-cadets/

It is Giving Tuesday. If you are in a generous mood, please consider supporting the students and faculty in the Departme...
11/27/2018
Give Online Today

It is Giving Tuesday. If you are in a generous mood, please consider supporting the students and faculty in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Thank you!

11/14/2018

Congrats to all CLS faculty who will receive awards at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting this week!

Dr. Danielle Rudes - ASC Teaching Award
Dr. Faye Taxman - ASC Fellow
Dr. David Weisburd - James Short Senior Scholar Award, Division of Communities and Place
Dr. Robert Norris - Best Article Award, Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice

More than 40 faculty, grad students, and undergraduates from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society are in Atlan...
11/14/2018
American Society of Criminology - 74th Annual Meeting 2018

More than 40 faculty, grad students, and undergraduates from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society are in Atlanta this week to present research at the American Society for Criminology annual meeting! For details, search for "George Mason University" in the program linked below.

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CLS Professor Cynthia Lum interviewed about evidence-based policing for the Criminal (In)Justice podcast.
11/14/2018
#93: Evidence Based Policing

CLS Professor Cynthia Lum interviewed about evidence-based policing for the Criminal (In)Justice podcast.

We often hear about new methods police try to achieve better results against crime. But do the police have any reason to believe that their new approaches will work? Are their new initiatives based on hope, or on actual evidence that they will really help?

TODAY! Come hear James Forman Jr. deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the topic: "Locking Up Our Own: Race, C...
10/25/2018

TODAY! Come hear James Forman Jr. deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the topic: "Locking Up Our Own: Race, Class and the Politics of Mass Incarceration." 4:30pm on 10/25 at the MIX.

Mr. Forman is a Yale law school professor who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, he was a public defender in DC, taught at Georgetown Law and co-founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in DC for youth with criminal records. He is also a former member of advisory board for the Criminology, Law and Society Department at Mason.

TONIGHT! Support the CLS Grad Student Assn at their Trivia Night fundraiser 7:30pm, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax. It is free...
10/18/2018

TONIGHT! Support the CLS Grad Student Assn at their Trivia Night fundraiser 7:30pm, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax. It is free to play and all are invited!

CLS Prof David Weisburd: “There’s a place for stop, question and frisk in policing, but it’s not a 700,000-stops-i...
10/10/2018
Stop And Frisk Doesn't Work, Despite What Donald Trump Says

CLS Prof David Weisburd: “There’s a place for stop, question and frisk in policing, but it’s not a 700,000-stops-in-a-city place, carried out by untrained police officers, newly out of the academy. It shouldn’t be used as a general strategy. You don’t apply an overwhelming radiation treatment to somebody that has a cold.”

Chicago already tried it. New York tried it, too.

Mark Your Calendars! James Forman Jr. will be on campus October 25 to deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the...
10/04/2018

Mark Your Calendars! James Forman Jr. will be on campus October 25 to deliver the inaugural Roger Wilkins lecture on the topic: "Locking Up Our Own: Race, Class and the Politics of Mass Incarceration." 4:30pm on 10/25 at the MIX.

Mr. Forman is a Yale law school professor who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, he was a public defender in DC, taught at Georgetown Law and co-founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in DC for youth with criminal records. He is also a former member of advisory board for the Criminology, Law and Society Department at Mason.

Back by popular demand! The CLS Grad Student Association Trivia Night is at 7pm on October 18th, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfa...
10/03/2018
CLSSA Hosts Trivia Night Fundraiser

Back by popular demand! The CLS Grad Student Association Trivia Night is at 7pm on October 18th, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax. It is free to play and all are invited!

The Criminology, Law and Society Graduate Student Association is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on October 18th! Come test your general and...

CLS professors Cynthia Lum and Chris Koper will be the new editors of the journal Criminology & Public Policy. Read thei...
09/26/2018
Criminology & Public Policy - Wiley Online Library

CLS professors Cynthia Lum and Chris Koper will be the new editors of the journal Criminology & Public Policy. Read their editorial statement here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17459133

Criminology & Public Policy is devoted to the study of criminal justice policy and practice. The journal’s central objective is to strengthen the role of research in the formulation of crime and justice policy through publishing empirically based, policy-focused articles.

For the second year in a row, undergrads studying with CLS professor Danielle Rudes, doctoral candidate Shannon Magnuson...
08/31/2018
Students spend the summer researching solitary confinement | George Mason

For the second year in a row, undergrads studying with CLS professor Danielle Rudes, doctoral candidate Shannon Magnuson, and other Mason researchers spent their summer vacation researching solitary confinement.

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) seeks to make scientific research a key compo...
08/21/2018
Mason's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy looks ahead to next 10 years | George Mason

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) seeks to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies.

For the past 10 years, the center has served as an informational bridge to practitioners and the policy community.

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

07/30/2018

We're hiring! The Dept of Criminology, Law and Society encourages applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin fall 2019: http://bit.ly/2KdyzOw

There will be demolition and construction during the next phase of the Core Campus project this fall. Looking forward to...
07/26/2018
What’s next for the Core Campus Project | George Mason

There will be demolition and construction during the next phase of the Core Campus project this fall. Looking forward to the new Robinson building - the Department of Criminology, Law and Society's future home!

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

CLS professor Allison Redlich worked with researchers from the Navajo Nation-serving Diné College in Arizona during the...
07/24/2018
Diné College professor, students research effects of mass shootings with Mason's CINA Center | George Mason

CLS professor Allison Redlich worked with researchers from the Navajo Nation-serving Diné College in Arizona during their 10-week stay at Mason’s Criminal Investigations Network Analysis Center (CINA). The scholars pursued cutting-edge research on the public’s response to mass shooting with the goal of stopping copycat/related acts of violence.

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

“The law enforcement culture really needs to own a guardian mindset rather than a warrior mindset. ... We want them to...
07/06/2018
Why police officers are rarely convicted in shootings

“The law enforcement culture really needs to own a guardian mindset rather than a warrior mindset. ... We want them to be not an occupying force; we want them to be on the side of the citizens,” CLS Professor Laurie Robinson said.

Antwon Rose is among an estimated 900 to 1,000 people experts predict will die this year from police bullets. Michael Rosfeld, the East Pittsburgh police ...

Looking to acquire a job or advance your career in the field of criminal justice?  The MS in Criminal Justice program is...
06/25/2018
Programs: MS in Criminal Justice

Looking to acquire a job or advance your career in the field of criminal justice? The MS in Criminal Justice program is still accepting applications for fall 2018! Submit your materials by August 10th.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice advances the knowledge, skills, and career prospects of early-to-mid-career criminal justice...

CLS doctoral candidate Bill Johnson was interviewed about hate crimes in Virginia for this WTOP article.
06/06/2018
Number of hate crimes increased in Virginia in 2017

CLS doctoral candidate Bill Johnson was interviewed about hate crimes in Virginia for this WTOP article.

The latest report from the Virginia State Police found 2017 saw a marked increase in the number of crimes considered hate crimes. The report details the number and types of crimes committed in the state in 2017.

CLS alumna Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco offered 3 pieces of advice to CHSS Social Science graduates at the degree celebration...
06/04/2018
The college hosts two celebratory ceremonies for 2018 graduates

CLS alumna Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco offered 3 pieces of advice to CHSS Social Science graduates at the degree celebration: always have grit, express gratitude to the people who believe in you, and constantly pursue justice.

At its degree celebrations, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences sends off its doctors, masters, and bachelors with an enthusiastic salute.

Gill receives OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award
05/22/2018
Gill receives OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award

Gill receives OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award

Professor Charlotte Gill of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society is the recipient of the 2018 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award!

Calling all Mason students and faculty interested in criminal investigations, forensics and R&D to protect the homeland!...
05/22/2018
Agenda for COE Summit 2018

Calling all Mason students and faculty interested in criminal investigations, forensics and R&D to protect the homeland!

The Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) center is gathering for #COESummit2018 at Arlington campus May 30-31. Many student research posters will be on display, as well.

Agenda for COE Summit 2018 on CINA

Commencement is tomorrow! Criminology, law and society is among the top 5 majors for undergraduates receiving their degr...
05/17/2018
Honoring academic achievement at Spring 2018 Commencement | George Mason

Commencement is tomorrow! Criminology, law and society is among the top 5 majors for undergraduates receiving their degrees this spring. CONGRATS TO OUR GRADUATES!

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

CLS alumna Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco will address the CHSS degree celebration for the social sciences on Friday, May 1...
05/15/2018
Turner, Mehlman-Orozco to address college’s 2018 degree celebrations

CLS alumna Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco will address the CHSS degree celebration for the social sciences on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Mehlman-Orozco earned her BS cm laude in administration of justice, her MA in justice, law, and crime policy, and her PhD in criminology, law and society —all from Mason.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes alumni Shawn S. Turner, MA Communication '06, and Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, BS Administration...

Check out the future home of the CLS Department!
05/10/2018
Core Campus Project is set to begin | George Mason

Check out the future home of the CLS Department!

With 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

Measures for Justice
05/03/2018
Measures for Justice

Measures for Justice

Today! Measures for Justice President Amy Bach is excited to talk criminal justice and the role of data, on a panel with Laurie Robinson of George Mason University. #AtlanticJustice Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University

Mason ranks 9th nationally (out of 384 universities listed) as a BEST VALUE COLLEGE for Social Work and Criminal Justice...
05/02/2018
Best Value Colleges For Social Work and Criminal Justice Majors | PayScale

Mason ranks 9th nationally (out of 384 universities listed) as a BEST VALUE COLLEGE for Social Work and Criminal Justice!

PayScale's College ROI Report determines the best value colleges for Social Work and Criminal Justice majors. Find colleges with the highest return on investment for Social Work and Criminal Justice majors here.

The possibility of a new crime commission was the focus of a congressional briefing yesterday. The event was sponsored b...
04/26/2018
New Crime Commission Could Get Nod This Year, says Senator

The possibility of a new crime commission was the focus of a congressional briefing yesterday. The event was sponsored by Mason's Center for the Study of Evidence-Based Crime Policy and the HF Guggenheim Foundation.

Michigan Sen, Gary Peters, a key sponsor of a bill to create a national commission studying the criminal justice system similar to the landmark LBJ-era effort, says he is "cautiously optimistic." He told a Washington briefing that the more incidents occur involving failures by criminal justice offic...

CLS doctoral alum Lincoln Sloas honored as 2018 Mentor of the Year at Florida Atlantic University.
04/26/2018
2018 FAU Faculty Mentor of the Year – FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

CLS doctoral alum Lincoln Sloas honored as 2018 Mentor of the Year at Florida Atlantic University.

2018 FAU Faculty Mentor of the Year Congratulations to Dr. Lincoln Sloas, Assistant Professor in the FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, for being named the 2018 FAU Faculty Mentor of the Year – a completely student-nominated and student-elected award through FAU’s Mentoring Project....

CLS alumna Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco's book on human trafficking will be featured at the Well Library Honors. Join us at t...
04/06/2018

CLS alumna Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco's book on human trafficking will be featured at the Well Library Honors. Join us at the Mason Club on 4/17!

Join VA Governor Ralph Northam, Provost Wu and Mason faculty for an important discussion about Eradicating the Opioid Cr...
04/06/2018
Eradicating the Opioid Crisis in Northern Virginia: A Population Strategy

Join VA Governor Ralph Northam, Provost Wu and Mason faculty for an important discussion about Eradicating the Opioid Crisis in Northern Virginia. 4/19 at Dewberry Hall

George Mason University (Mason) is working with its partners in the Northern Virginia community to identify impactful insights and strategies to eradicate the opioid epidemic while also developing important new understanding about the broader challenges posed by addiction more generally. Consistent....

CLS Prof Cynthia Lum joins representatives from three police departments on a panel about police body cameras.
04/06/2018
IMPD Considers Body Cams In Public Forum, Program Likely Years Away

CLS Prof Cynthia Lum joins representatives from three police departments on a panel about police body cameras.

A forum on police body cameras was held in Indianapolis last night, as the city’s police department considers implementing the system to help build public trust.

The US News & World Report rankings for best graduate programs in criminology were just released and the Department of C...
03/20/2018
Best Graduate Criminology Programs Ranked in 2019 - US News

The US News & World Report rankings for best graduate programs in criminology were just released and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at Mason is ranked #11!

Criminology programs combine principles of sociology, law and psychology to prepare students to deal with criminals, understand the justice system and work to prevent crime. These are the top graduate schools for criminology. Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (margina...

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