National Criminal Justice Month
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In 2009 the United States Congress established March as National Criminal Justice Month.

The purpose of National Criminal Justice Month is to promote societal awareness regarding the causes and consequences of crime, as well as strategies for preventing and responding to crime.

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and its affiliates, along with the United States Government urge policymakers, criminal justice officials, educators, victim service providers, nonprofits, community leaders, and others to help direct public focus toward the need to make our criminal justice system as effective as possible. Awareness is the first step toward improvement. Please do your part to spread recognition and consideration of criminal justice practices at both the national and international levels by recognizing and promoting March as National Criminal Justice Month.

Please be sure to post your activities to the National Criminal Justice Month Facebook Page at:

Please use the following information and resources to learn more about National Criminal Justice Month and to promote awareness in your area or organization:

  • History of National Criminal Justice Month

  • National Criminal Justice Month Sample Press Release

  • National Criminal Justice Month Sample Proclamation

  • National Criminal Justice Month Facebook Page

  • National Criminal Justice Month Sticker

  • National Criminal Justice Month Flyer

    2017 ACJS National Criminal Justice Month Award Winners


    Community Engagement: Saint Louis University

    In addition to other CJ-related events throughout National Criminal Justice Month 2017, the Saint Louis University (SLU) Criminology and Criminal Justice Program held two events aimed at bringing together faculty, staff, student, and community members to highlight Criminal Justice. We hosted a popular “Write a Rep” event during which all members of SLU and the surrounding community were invited and encouraged to write a letter of substance to a political or public representative of their choosing. All were encouraged to become more intimately educated about their selected issue – we provided laptops and internet access to assist in further educational/research on their topic and to identify specific representatives (local, state, or federal) to whom they wanted to write as well as providing postcards on which to their letters and paid for postage! Over 70 faculty, staff, students, and community members wrote postcards over the three-day event. We also hosted a “Speak Your Mind” event to provide students with a variety of opportunities to think about, reflect on, and articulate the major CCJ and other social justice issues of concern to them. We then created a banner, which still hangs in the main corridor of our building, entitled “Criminology & Criminal Justice and Social Work Students Stand Up For” on which our students identified the “what/who” it is that they “stand up for” by writing it on our banner.



    Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver

    The MSU Denver CJC Study Abroad Program traveled to The Netherlands for a 9-day faculty-led adventure in education. Our mostly non-traditional, commuter student population requires above and beyond experiences to increase their educational engagement and taking them to the International City of Peace and Justice fit the bill beautifully! This class made an educational impact by showing our students some hands-on differences between the US criminal justice system and other criminal justice system, but even more so by showing them international criminal justice with visits to the International Criminal Court and various tribunals. Our students also mingled with Hague University students and became social media stars within our own university's social media circle. For these students, it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. 



    Program of the Year: Penn State Harrisburg

    During March 2017, Penn State Harrisburg hosted several events to recognize National Criminal Justice Month.  The Penn State Harrisburg chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma organized a teddy bear drive for the local policing agency: Operation Tactical Teddy Bear.  The honor society collected over 100 stuffed animals from January through March to donate to the Middletown Borough Police Department to distribute to children officers meet while on call in an effort to enhance police-community relations.  The Criminal Justice Club hosted the MEGGITT Firearms Training Systems (FATS), which is a shooting simulation system allowing participants to explore what kind of force (if any) they would use in a variety of police calls for service.  The Criminal Justice Club also hosted a college-wide bus trip to the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, engaging participants in an historical look at US espionage and an interactive spy experience, and the Club invited Detective Sergeant Lisa Layden of Southwestern Regional Police Department to Penn State Harrisburg to talk to students about issues in policing.  A final event, a panel discussion on police body worn cameras (“Are Police Worn Body Cameras the Answer?”) was scheduled for March 2017, but was postponed to April due to inclement weather.