In Memory

Nicky Rafter PhotoNicky Rafter, a long-time professor of Criminal Justice and senior research fellow at Northeastern University and an internationally-revered scholar in the fields of social history and criminology, passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, on February 29, 2016 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

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This has been a difficult year so far for the SCCJ community as we’ve lost three distinguished former faculty members. In addition to this post recognizing Professor Rafter’s legacy, we will be honoring the memories of Professor Wally Sherwood and Professor Harvey Burstein with tributes in the near future.

Mission Statement

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares students for professional and research careers in criminal justice, criminology and related fields by applying multidisciplinary and comparative social science to understand, predict and explain crime and contribute to the development of public policy within urban communities. Using an active learning approach, the School seeks to develop its students intellectually and ethically, while providing them with a keen appreciation for the complexities of crime, and public and private efforts to make communities safer and ensure justice.