Criminal justice graduate students have diverse interests and backgrounds. Prospective students can contact these students regarding the benefits and experience current students have as they pursue a Master of Arts in criminal justice.
Haley Brown is graduate student in the criminal justice department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento in spring 2013. Her interests in the field include policing and juvenile corrections. She enjoys spending time with friends, fitness, and she is a personal trainer.
Frank deBraga is a graduate student in the criminal justice program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Bachelor's degree from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado where he also played football. Frank's interests include juveniles, drug policy, and the death penalty. Frank is the youngest of three brothers and is originally from Fallon, Nevada. Frank enjoys the outdoors and anything sports related in his free time.
Deena R. DeVore
Deena R. DeVore is a graduate student in the criminal justice program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology in the Spring of 2017 at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a first generation college graduate from an impoverished background, DeVore finds value in education and the pursuit of knowledge freeing. DeVore has interests in the topics of: policing practices and organizational structure, prescription drug abuse, violence against women/ seemingly gender specific crimes like rape, criminological theory and the study of correctional institutions. DeVore finds that her interest in sociology offers an interesting perspective for the Criminal Justice field. Her sociological interests include: the concept of social constructionism, masculine and feminine narratives/ gender roles, the socialization process, the concept of social status/ inequality and social stratification, as well as sociological theories of organizations and bureaucracy. Her interests outside of academic topics include: houseplants, casually studying history, existentialism and phenomenology, and cats. DeVore is also an avid aquarium enthusiast.
Jordan Jones graduated from UNR in 2014 with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Japanese Studies. He was born in Reno, but lived outside of Washington D.C. in northern Virginia for 10 years. Jordan worked at the Legislative Counsel Bureau in the Technical Services Unit before coming back to school for his MA. He is currently a teaching assistant for the Criminal Justice department.
Jenny Lopez is a graduate student in the Criminal Justice MA Program. She received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2016. She has been a sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. since 2013. She was born and raised in Reno and has a lot of pride in her city. Her interests include juvenile justice and delinquency, community corrections, and policing. She aspires to move to a big city and work in corrections. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, traveling, and admiring beautiful cats.
Marissa Torres is a graduate student in the criminal justice department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in communications at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her interests include crimes against children, juvenile detention, and victimology. In her free time she enjoys traveling, camping, and spending with family and friends.
Hannah Townsend is a graduate student in the Criminal Justice Master's program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is continuing her education at the University of Nevada, Reno after receiving a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in entrepreneurship. She has an overall passion for the field with a focus in law enforcement and policing. Her end goal is to gain a more in-depth knowledge about criminal justice and its working pieces in order to be prepared for a career in the field.