Criminal Justice Society

The Criminal Justice Society (CJS) is a service organization for students with an interest in Criminal Justice at UALR. All students taking courses in criminal justice, at the undergraduate or graduate level, or who are interested in criminal justice are invited to participate. Over the course of the academic year, CJS sponsors and supports many philanthropic and social events both on and off-campus.

Each fall, CJS members volunteer at the Rob Williams Annual Golf Tournament, in honor of fallen Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agent Rob Williams. Part of the proceeds are used to sponsor scholarships for UALR criminal justice students and the Special Olympics. CJS will also participate in other philanthropic events, including support for PAWS in Prison, the Promise Neighborhood, and the UALR community.

In addition to service activities, CJS will have various guest speakers addressing a variety of topics related to criminal justice and criminology. These invited talks allow students to expand their exposure to different areas of the criminal justice system while allowing students to interact with practitioners, academics, and their peers. CJS plans to host speakers and events on the following topics:

      FBI Asset Forfeiture
      Little Rock PD K-9 Unit
      U.S. Marshal
      Insurance Fraud
      Law Enforcement Special Investigations
      School Violence / Bullying
      Biosocial Criminology
      Crime and Gender
      Self Defense


Lifetime membership dues are a one-time fee of $15.00 (cash or check). Membership applications are available on the 5th Floor of Ross Hall or use the online form.

For more information about the Society contact one of the following officers:

President: Marc Glidden   Marc is a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice. He holds a M.A. in higher education from McKendree University and a B.S. in criminal justice from East Carolina University. His research interests include juveniles, hate crimes, and corrections.

Vice-President: Rocio Roles   Rocio is a graduate assistant in the Criminal Justice Department. She received her B.A. (2012) in criminal justice from UALR, where she graduated summa cum laude. Rocio currently serves as the president of Alpha Phi Sigma and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Her research interests are gang membership and violence, drug markets and communities, and race and ethnicity.

Social Coordinator: Mary Babineau   Mary Babineau is employed full time at UALR Student Accounts. She double majored in criminal justice and sociology. She received the AR Academic Challenge scholarship for non-traditional students and has been a member of the Criminal Justice Society since 2009.

Secretary / Treasurer:  Michael C. Minton, M.A.  Mike is an Intern in the Criminal Justice Department. He received his M.A. (2001) in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves as an intern in the Senior Justice Center and is involved with the Community Reentry to Society programs at the Pine Bluff, Wrightsville, and Malvern Correctional Facilities. His research interests are senior justice and crimes against the elderly, corrections and faith based programs, and corrections and community reentry.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julie Marie Baldwin

We look forward to your participation!