The mission of NYU Wagner’s Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) is to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue that explores the intersections between criminal justice and other areas of public policy. Through panel discussions and community engagement, we provide a forum for sharing information, debating policies, networking, and brainstorming ways to improve the criminal justice system.


In 2010, SCJR received President Sexton's 2010 President's Service Award for exhibiting outstanding leadership in engaging civic leaders and students in significant cross­disciplinary dialogue about criminal justice policies.

During this academic year (2015­-2016), Wagner students will reclaim the SCJR legacy. In this time of nationwide bipartisan urgency for criminal justice reform, SCJR is eager to bring NYU back to the forefront of criminal justice initiatives and discourses. SCJR has received over 50 signatures from NYU Wagner students in support of reviving SCJR and the organization’s aim to engage the Wagner and NYU communities around criminal justice issues.


● Reviving SCJR as a viable group in the Wagner community, spreading awareness about SCJR, and engaging the Wagner and NYU communities around criminal justice­related issues.

● Creating partnerships with other Wagner groups to learn about the student group process, to support other groups, and to establish symbiotic relationships across Wagner.

● Building a unified network in the criminal justice­focused community.

● Expanding networking possibilities and volunteer initiatives for Wagner students.