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According to BestColleges.com, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is rated in the "25 Best Online Criminal Justice Programs of 2015". Read the full article


The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has several on-going opportunities during the fall and spring semesters.  Here are a few...

Auxiliary Probation Service:

Juvenile Court Memphis, Provide hands on supervision of Juveniles on probation in Memphis and Shelby County. Use this opportunity to help build your resume and learn valuable skills doing work that will make a difference in the life of a child. For more information, visit the website, and complete an application if you would like to volunteer.

Court Observations:

Observe a hearing at Shelby County District Court.This opportunity is available weekly. Let me know if there is a special type of case you would like to observe or if you would like to see the docket schedule for criminal court. I usually receive the schedule on Fridays for the following week. Click here to visit Shelby County District Court.


Gang Reduction Assistance and Saving Society's Youth: The Lodestar Program. The GRASSY Lodestar Program is a gang intervention mentoring program in Trezevant and Frayser High Schools. The program is a component of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model. Each mentor will receive certificates from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office and the MCS Office of Gang Awareness. Lodestar mentors should have a desire and genuine concern for high risk gang related students. Email us to learn more.

LifeLine to Success:

A group of ex-offenders, organized by Pastor DeAndre Brown, is working to fight blight and restore people's lives in Frayser. Volunteer opportunities are available almost every Friday. Like their Facebook page by clicking here. We'll be partnering with them on several up-coming events.


Every week there are opportunities to get a one-on-one look at the Penal Farm or the jail facility at 201 Poplar.Many students rank this among their most positive experiences outside of class. Regardless of your career goals, you should do this! Lock-up-and-Learn at 201 Poplar occurs every Tuesday from 3-6PM and the Lock-up-and-Learn at the Penal Farm happens every Wednesday from 10AM-1PM.

Ridin' with MPD

This program is designed for juniors and seniors intending to pursue careers in law enforcement. You must clear a rigorous background check and be pre-approved by the faculty advisor. Click here to sign up!


Truancy Reduction Action Coalition for Students: We have a partnership with the Shelby County District Attorney's Office to recruit and train mentors to work with truant middle school students in Memphis City Schools. There are a couple of options if you would like to become a mentor. You can visit the DA's webpage. You can also e-mail Harold Collins, Special Assistant to the DA or call 901-545-5900.