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Criminal justice involves the study of crime and the criminal justice system, and is an interdisciplinary and professionally-oriented academic discipline. Learn more about the Department of Criminal Justice's programs and faculty.

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Inside Out Prison Exchange Program

A unique learning opportunity is being offered by the Department of Criminal Justice during the Spring semester.  Drs. Riane Bolin and Nicole Hendrix will be offering the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program. This course involves taking 10 Radford students into a correctional facility each week to hold class with 10 incarcerated individuals.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn in a unique environment.  All students who are a part of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are welcome to apply.  The only requirement is that students must be above the age of 18 years old.  It is not necessary for you to have taken any criminal justice courses.  Students interested in applying, please submit the application to Dr. Riane Bolin (rbolin1@radford.edu).  Applications are due no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, October 31st.

Additional information on the Inside Out Prison Program. 

Download the Inside Out program application.

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  1. Criminal Justice, School of Communication graduate students create podcast »

    1/9/2018

    In a unique collaboration, ‘Shawn Smith, assistant professor of criminal justice, and West Bowers, associate professor of media studies, presented the opportunity to graduate students to produce and create a three-episode podcast series focusing on policy and justice in the United States.

  2. Students get hands-on experience in emergency response simulation »

    12/12/2017

    Students put theories and principles into practice when they undertook an emergency response exercise on Dec. 5 and 7.

  3. Professors serve as subject matter experts »

    12/6/2017

    Two Radford University professors provided their expertise to two local media outlets.

  4. CSI Radford: Criminal justice students show that investigations aren’t like TV »

    11/13/2017

    The media greeted criminal justice students as they entered a crime scene practical training exercise at Radford University – and just like that – their practicum was underway.

  5. Professor featured on morning show »

    11/7/2017

    Luke William Hunt, assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Radford University, was interviewed by Canada TV, which has Canada’s only nationally broadcast morning show, regarding the terror attack in New York City.

  6. Media highlights Criminal Justice crime scene practicum »

    11/2/2017

    Criminal Justice Professor Tod Burke’s Criminal Investigative Theory class walked into a middle of a mock crime scene, where students used the same methods and practices as real police officers in analyzing and securing a crime scene. WDBJ7 covered the hands-on practicum.

  7. Radford assistant professor, former FBI special agent weighs in on Mueller’s investigation »

    10/31/2017

    Former FBI agent and current Radford University Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Luke William Hunt spoke with members of the media about Mueller’s unfolding investigation.

  8. Miller and Max to the rescue »

    10/19/2017

    For the past two years, Miller has been accompanied by K-9 Max, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, Belgian malinois mix, as an officer with the Radford City Police Department.

  9. Criminal Justice simulator, dance among media highlights »

    10/2/2017

    The Department of Criminal Justice, the School of Communication and the Department of Dance are featured in the media.