We are currently in the midst of an historical era in the criminal justice and law enforcement system. The Israeli Police, Public Prosecution, the courts, and Corrections are all experiencing dramatic changes related to certain developments, such as the Supreme Court decision regarding the overpopulation of the Israeli prisons, the Dorner Report regarding the punitive policy, and the penetration of therapeutic and problem-solving approaches into contemporary judicial discourse. These changes instigate questions that are at the heart o the study of criminology: what are the desirable penal policies in relation to different crimes? What are the most effective, moral, and efficient ways to address social deviance of a range of severity? What are the best policing instruments to prevent crime and treat crime victims? And how are we to address the problem of mass incarceration? These and other questions require criminological knowledge regarding the individual and social roots of crime and its implications.

We at the Haifa School of Criminology are proud to be at the front of the study and research of thee contemporary challenges. Among the subjects that we teach in our MA programs and conduct our research one can find issues such as alternatives and diversions to the criminal process, such as deferred prosecution, restorative justice and community courts; addictions and its correlation with violence and victimization; the treatment of crime victims, including victims of gender-, cultural-, and hate-based crimes; policing approaches and their impact on public trust; and more.

The diverse mix of disciplines from which our faculty members arrive reflects the nature of criminology, as a multidisciplinary, dynamic and fascinating field. This multidisciplinary approach is what we strive to offer our students, through our teaching curriculum and supervision. This past year, a number of theses have been completed representing this wealth of perspectives, such as a thesis on substance abuse among at-risk adolescents; a thesis on the implementation of a deferred prosecution pilot program; a thesis on aggression, stress and anxiety among police officers; and a thesis on the emotional experiences of public prosecutors. As part of our goal to support our research students, we have created a joint class for all of those working on their research (PhD and Thesis) at different stages, allowing them to learn from each other and from graduates in a supportive environment. We are also striving to maintain a relevant, updated and diverse teaching program. Our curriculum involves visits to community courts as well as to detention and evidentiary hearings in regular courts. Our Practicum course enables our students to get involved in the daily activities of a range of agencies including the police, the public defense office, and certain treatment and rehabilitative organizations.

We are preparing to welcome the seventh year of students in October 2018. In addition to the two regular MA programs, this year we will offer a special program for law enforcement professionals, which will last three full semesters and will take place at the Port Campus.

I encourage all those who want to learn more about our MA programs to contact our excellent administrative staff, at  04-8288991. Our school offices are located in Eshkol Tower, 23 Floor.

With kind regards,

Dr. Tali Gal

Head, School of Criminology

The Herta & Paul Amir Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Haifa

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בניין אשכול, קומה 23 אוניברסיטת חיפה הר הכרמל, חיפה 31905 Israel

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ביה"ס לקרימינולוגיה, אוניברסיטת חיפה, הר הכרמל 31905 I בניין אשכול, קומה 23 I טלפון: 04-8288991