The Criminal Justice Program provides several key areas of focus, including police and digital surveillance; criminal law and immigration enforcement; trial and appellate advocacy; criminal defense; expert witnesses and wrongful convictions; collateral consequences of criminal convictions and prisoner reentry; juvenile justice; international and transnational crimes; criminal justice reform in the United States and abroad; and more.
Additionally, collaborative research undertaken by students and faculty into diverse areas of criminal justice helps further inform the practices of scholars, lawyers and policymakers.
Empowering Communities with Information
The Criminal Justice Program's initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis.
A framework for sustainable change in jurisdictions that are investing in non-law enforcement responses.
Resources for public defenders and the families of those incarcerated to assist with representation of clients in pretrial detention.
The Project tracks Covid-19 conditions in jails and prisons and the efforts to decrease prison populations and improve conditions.
Students learn how various communities are implementing the practices of restorative justice which views crime as a harm to individuals and society and focuses on repairing these harms through a cooperative process.
CALL brings together visionary artists, activists, attorneys, advocates and legal scholars UCLA to share innovative, cutting-edge collaborations at the intersection of art and law.
The Prison Law and Policy Program is committed to examining the "back end" of the penal system.
Who We Are
Core Faculty and Staff
Máximo LangerProfessor of Law
Director of the UCLA Transnational Program on Criminal Justice
Faculty Director of the UCLA Criminal Justice Program
Alicia ViraniGilbert Foundation Associate Director, Criminal Justice Program
Robin G. SteinbergGilbert Foundation Senior Fellow, Criminal Justice Program
Leah Gasser-OrdazJuvenile Justice Fellow
Norman AbramsDistinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
Acting Chancellor Emeritus
Charles T. AndersonLecturer in Law
Peter L. ArenellaProfessor of Law Emeritus
Stuart BannerNorman Abrams Distinguished Professor of Law
Paul BergmanProfessor of Law Emeritus
Devon W. CarbadoThe Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law
George S. CardonaLecturer in Law
Jennifer M. ChacónProfessor of Law
Beth A. ColganProfessor of Law
Julie CramerLecturer in Law
Kimberlé W. CrenshawDistinguished Professor of Law
Promise Institute Chair in Human Rights
David DolinkoProfessor of Law Emeritus
Sharon DolovichProfessor of Law
Faculty Director, UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program
Ingrid EaglyProfessor of Law
Laura E. GómezProfessor of Law
Mark GreenbergProfessor of Law
Professor of Philosophy
Peter JohnsonLecturer in Law
Jennifer L. MnookinDean, Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law, and Faculty Co-Director, PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence)
Herbert MorrisProfessor of Philosophy and Professor of Law Emeritus
Sunita PatelAssistant Professor of Law
Faculty Director, UCLA Veterans Legal Clinic
Joanna C. SchwartzProfessor of Law
Lara StempleAssistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs
Director, Health and Human Rights Law Project
Sherod ThaxtonProfessor of Law
Eugene VolokhGary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law