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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.


Inside Out Prison Exchange Program - Fall 2018 Recruitment

A unique learning opportunity is once again being offered by the Department of Criminal Justice during the Fall semester.  Drs. Riane Bolin and Egan Green 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 or Dr. Egan Green.

Applications are due no later than 5 pm on March 23rd.

Additional information on the Inside Out Prison Program. 

Download the Inside Out program application.

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  1. "Real-life Indiana Jones" conducts research in Brazil »


    As he crept through the night with nothing but a flashlight, Egan Green, professor of criminal justice, trod carefully – alligators were in the water around him. Suddenly, a splash was heard from a stick where his foot was headed. Except it wasn’t a stick. It was a gator.

  2. Professors host training session for police officers »


    Police officers of all ranks from around the region gathered at the City of Radford Council Chambers on Feb. 23 for a training session to learn from Radford University Criminal Justice Professor Rachel Santos and Assistant Professor Roberto Santos.

  3. Professors serve as subject matter experts »


    Professors serve as subject matter experts for local media outlets.

  4. Professors, students provide expertise »


    Radford University professors and students provided their expertise to media outlets.

  5. Criminal Justice professor discusses ongoing investigation »


    Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Luke William Hunt served as an expert on WFXR 21/27’s morning show on Feb. 5, where he discussed the current Russian investigation.

  6. Professors provide expertise to media outlets »


    Radford University professors provided their expertise to a variety of media outlets.

  7. Criminal Justice professors use experience to assist local police departments »


    Two criminal justice professors are using their significant experience working with police over the last two decades to implement Stratified Policing and evidence-based crime reduction as well as improve community engagement in local police departments and sheriff’s offices in Southwest Virginia.

  8. Encore! Radford University professor discusses rural criminology on public radio program »


    In an encore presentation, Radford University Criminal Justice Professor Egan Green discusses a range of rural criminology topics on an episode of the NPR radio program “With Good Reason.”

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


    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.