Justice & Security

Justice & Security

The Justice and Security cluster examines the many meanings of “justice” and “security” and how these concepts can be applied and implemented in local, regional, national, and international settings. We partner with government agencies and private organizations to engage in service, internships, and collaborative research. Our partners provide students the opportunity to gain real-world experience; and we provide our partners with faculty expertise and students who are eager to learn and make a difference.

Students experience what it means to work across disciplines and emerge from the cluster with an understanding of how and where these fields intersect and work together.

Students will be able to experience a wide variety of coursework and hands-on learning experiences relating to the administration of justice, criminal investigation, forensics, cybersecurity, homeland security, juvenile justice services, and more.

Real-World Cluster Project

Compassion Fatigue Among First Responders

The Problem

To determine if New Hampshire first responders experience compassion fatigue (“burnout”) from continual response to opioid overdose cases.

Awareness of the Issue

New Hampshire has a high rate of opioid-related overdose deaths and firefighters are frequently first responders.

Collaborative Team Projects

Students interviewed area firefighters in a project co-sponsored by the Justice & Security and the Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development clusters.

Proposal Presentations

Findings were presented at the PSU Showcase of Excellence and at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS).

Improved Outcomes

While none of those surveyed experienced compassion fatigue, participants noted that their colleagues were susceptible to stress and trauma from overdose calls.

Degree ProgramsMinorsCluster Projects
Health and Legal Interpretation Presentation

Project Submitter
Barbara Lopez-Mayhew
Wilson Garcia

Project Description: On Nov. 7, 2016, two back-to back 75-minute informational sessions (2:00-3:15pm and 4:00-5:15pm) will be presented on campus in the HUB Hage Room on “Health and Legal Interpretation in Service Agencies and Community Organizations.” The presenter is Interpretation Training Programs’ coordinator and instructor, Florentina Dinu, from SNHAHEC (Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center), a NH accredited non-profit organization. Sponsored by the Justice and Security Cluster, this project is the first step to subsequent milestones in a larger interdisciplinary project – to develop and formally propose a Health & Legal Interpretation Training Certificate program, in partnership with SNHAHEC, the Justice and Security Cluster, the Dept. of Languages & Linguistics’ Spanish program, with potential faculty and staff from additional clusters, e.g. Health & Human Enrichment, and other modern languages. Segments of the presentation will be facts and information about interpretation and translation, an interpretation demonstration, a survey distributed and collected regarding attendees’ interest in interpretation and translation programs, and a question & answer period.

Exploring the History of Punishment

Project Submitter
Christine Axen

Kate Elvey

Project Description: We seek to actively integrate the analytical, critical skill sets of History and the practical application of punitive and correctional ideas of Criminal Justice to engage students in an interdisciplinary course on the history and use of punishment.