Jason W. Ostrowe
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
Office Hours: Tues. (11:15-12:15), & Thurs. (1:30-3:30)
Phone: +1 (212) 776-6238
Professor Ostrowe is in his fourth year as full-time criminal justice faculty at BMCC. He earned his Ph.D. in criminal justice from the CUNY Graduate Center, a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY at Oswego.
Prior to coming to BMCC, Dr. Ostrowe’s professional experience involved approximately 16 years of police service as a patrol officer, police academy instructor, and policy analyst in the NYPD.
Along with his current role as Assistant Professor, Dr. Ostrowe maintains certifications from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services as a Master Instructor, Instructor Evaluator, Police General Topics Instructor, and NYS Security Instructor with past teaching experience involving graduate-level instruction at John Jay College, as a former police trainer in the NYPD, and as a leadership and development specialist for a private security firm in the New York area.
In addition to his education and criminal justice experience, Dr. Ostrowe is a certified 9/11 rescue and recovery worker.
Criminal Justice Education, Police Training, Federal Intervention of Police under Section 14141, Policy Analysis, Mixed-Methods, 9/11 First Responders, 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers.
Doctor of Philosophy – CUNY Graduate Center; Criminal Justice, Specialization: Policy, Oversight, and Administration
Master of Public Administration – John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Specialization: Management and Operations
Graduate Certificate in Police Studies – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts – SUNY at Oswego; Double Major: Public Justice and Psychology
- Criminal Justice is the field that studies formal social control. This course covers the processing of crime by agents of formal control (police, courts, and institutional corrections). The general focus is on understanding the complex interactions of structures and agents in the system. Of particular concern are discretion and diversity in law enforcement, due process in criminal courts, and the punishment-rehabilitation dichotomy in corrections. The ultimate goal is to provide a critical foundation that prepares students for the challenges of a career in criminal justice.
- This is an introductory and foundational course in the study of crime and justice. It is designed to introduce students to the various historical and contemporary theories and empirical research used to understand deviant and criminal behavior. This course takes a critical approach to the study of the definition and measurement of crime, as well as applications of these theories to practice and in policy. Offending and victimization, as these relate to specific crime types (i.e., white collar crime, violent crime, sex crime, drug related crimes, etc.) will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100
- This course provides a historical overview of the relationship of the states of the Bill of Rights, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the powers of the federal government. The effect of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the states is examined through a study of the leading Supreme Court decisions related to criminal justice. Topics include characteristics and powers of the three branches of government, the principles governing the operation of the Bill of Rights, and the variables affecting the formulation of judicial policy. Prerequisite: POL 100
- This course is intended to broaden the studenta??s understanding of the origins and development of law enforcement agencies in the United States. Moreover, the course will examine the complex role of the police in a democratic society in the criminal justice system. An emphasis will be placed on recruitment, the training process and the importance of diversity, particularly among larger police departments in the U.S. The course will also examine contemporary legal issues and modern strategies such as community, evidence-based, intelligence-led and predictive policing. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
- This course will study a significant topic, concept, theme or methodology of interest in the field of criminal justice, including an understanding of institutional theory and practice. Topics for the following semester will be chosen by the instructor and will be made available during registration. Each Section of the course will cover in depth a single special topic related to criminal justice, such as one of the following: Administration of justice (policing, corrections, and /or courts); Comparative Criminal Justice (policing, corrections, and/or courts); Class, Sexuality and/or Gender and the Law; Immigration and the Law; Criminal Justice Ethics; Civil rights and Criminal Procedure; Criminal Law; Jurisprudence; Probation and Parole; Practices of Counter Terrorism; Juvenile Justice. Prerequisite: CRJ 101, POL 100 and one 200-level social science course
Research and Projects
In Proposal – The lived experiences of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers: A twenty-year retrospective.
Ostrowe, Jason W., “Municipal Police Under Federal Control: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Title 42 U.S.C. Section 14141 Negotiated Settlements” (2019). CUNY Academic Works.https://academicworks.cuny.edu/gc_etds/3268
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
American Society of Criminology
Police Executive Research Forum
Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
Criminal Justice Educators Associations of New York State
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Sciences
9/11 Rescue and Recovery Worker