Student Activities, Reference and Career Resources

Parenting, Prison, and Pups

Parenting, Prison & Pups (PPP), the only program of its kind, is an evidence-based parenting program provided to female jail-based prisoners, the most underserved of all corrections populations, to help them reinvest in their relationships with their children. We utilize the Parenting Inside Curriculum (PIO) and enhance it with Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT).  PIO was reviewed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and is now included on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

PPP consists of a strong partnership between Dyson College and the WCDOC (the Westchester County Department of Correction – a county jail located in Valhalla, NY) and MCC (The Metropolitan Correctional Center – a federal jail managed by the Bureau of Prisons located in lower Manhattan). Presently, we are proud to partner with Hudson Valley Paws For A Cause who is not only a leader in animal-assisted therapy but whose mission is to help those in need of emotional support of any kind. All of their dog/handler teams are registered therapy teams, insured, highly trained, certified Reading Education Assistance dogs and Red Cross volunteers.

Visit the PPP blog for more information and Like PPP on Facebook

Interested students can join in two ways

1.  Students enrolled in CRJ 331 – Strategies in Corrections Administration – a civic engagement course, complete 20 service hours outside of our classroom by serving as teaching assistants for PPP.  Students work directly with the women at the jail, they received specialized training in both AAT and in working effectively in the corrections setting, and they visit with the Lifer’s Group at The East Jersey State Prison to learn about the experiences of inacrecerated men.  This program has proved to be transformative for our students and provides excellent work experience.  Interested students should email Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD at if they want to register for this course, which is held during the fall semester in Pleasantville and during the spring semester in NYC.  You may also obtain more information by speaking with the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR).

2.  For students who have a larger interest in our jail-based services, please email Dr. Collica-Cox to reserve your spot in CRJ 242 – Crime and Public Policy, which is an “Inside-Out” type class.  It is the only such class offered at Pace University and there are limited spots for this course.  Each spring semester, students will take this class at the Westchester Jail with incarcerated men and women.  Together, we will discuss the causes of crime and examine criminal justice policy.  Students from both campuses are welcome and free transportation is provided from the Pleasantville Campus to the Jail and from the jail back to campus, in addition to the Metro-North train station. Our goal is to integrate future classes with AAT to enhance college learning for both our inside and outside students at the jail. Please join us for this unique opportunity.     

Criminal Justice Society

Pace University’s Criminal Justice Society (CRJS) is committed to involving students more actively in the field. Active on both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses, we offer weekly meetings, as well as bi-monthly events, for our student members. 

Being a member of the Criminal Justice Society is a great way to network, learn about opportunities within the field, and enhance your resume. 
Each semester, we invite speakers such as prosecutors, advocates from domestic violence agencies, and police commissioners/chiefs to speak with students, and we also host career panels with a variety of criminal justice professionals. Please consider joining us. Contact one of the CRJS Advisers or a member of the CRJS Executive Board to find out the dates, time, and locations of upcoming meetings.

Criminal Justice Society Advisers

You may also contact the Criminal Justice Society Advisers for further information:

Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox

Prof. Maryellen Martirano

Style Guides

The Criminal Justice discipline bases its citation formats on the Chicago Manual of Style, so if you are majoring in criminal justice, you may want to invest in a copy of this important resource. You can read more about it, and get a copy, by visiting the Chicago Manual of Style website.

If you would like to examine “quick guides” that will help you to cite your sources correctly, we recommend the following websites:

Professional Organizations

Career Resources

Career Services at Pace University has compiled an excellent list of resources for preparing for your job search and for planning your career in the criminal justice and law fields.

If you are interested in a career with the federal goverment, we encourage you to visit the following: