Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at Radford University!

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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News and Events

  1. Criminal Justice professor discusses ongoing investigation »

    2/6/2018

    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.

  2. Professors provide expertise to media outlets »

    2/2/2018

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

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

    2/1/2018

    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.

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

    1/18/2018

    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.”

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Professors serve as subject matter experts »

    12/6/2017

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.