Message from Criminal Justice Institute Directors

Welcome to Marist College and our Pre-College Summer Program: Focus on Criminal Justice. Here you will learn in the classroom and in the field all about the diverse and complex system of Criminal Justice in America. Two outstanding full time faculty members who are experienced educators and practitioners will lead this program in the classroom. They will be joined by Marist graduates who hold professional positions in different areas of Criminal Justice as well as other practitioners who will make presentations at field sites. You will have the opportunity to develop an individual project that will allow you to dig deeper and learn more about one area of criminal justice. Presentations at the end of the session will showcase your work and allow you to learn more from your peers. This is your course work, however, Pre-College is also about immersing yourself in the college experience and Marist is a wonderful place for this. A beautiful location on the Hudson River, plenty of athletic facilities, world class library, and state of the art technology resources will all enhance your experience. Come take advantage and get a head start on your college education.

John Doherty, Ph.D., Chair of the Criminal Justice Department and John Herring, Professional Lecturer of Criminal Justice will serve as Co-Directors of the Summer Pre-College Program. Both regularly teach Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Dr. Doherty also teaches Policing in America, Criminal Justice Organization and Administration, and Corrections. Prior to joining the faculty Dr. Doherty was Chief of Detectives for the City of Poughkeepsie. He has studied the early development of police departments in small cities along the Hudson River. He received the doctorate in criminal justice from Walden University.

In addition to Introduction to Criminal Justice Professor Herring taught Criminal Procedures and courses in Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Delinquency and coordinated the Criminal Justice Internship Program. Professor Herring served for many years as Police Lieutenant in Beacon, New York before coming to Marist as a full time faculty member. He regularly attends educational programs provided by the FBI Academy. He received a masters degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Currently, Professor Herring is researching motorcycle gangs and their connection to drug trafficking.