Faculty / Joanne Metzger

Joanne Metzger received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University and her Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and has taught Criminal Justice at both institutions.  Beginning as a student at Temple University she began to work directly with criminal and juvenile offenders in various capacities involving education, community service and offenders seeking employment opportunities.  Subsequently, she spent several years working primarily with juvenile offenders at the Public Defender’s Office.  In conjunction with the various criminal matters she worked passionately with the youth instilling the importance of their education, graduation and future success while remaining crime free.  Her appeal to legal research and writing led her to work with the Delaware State Court System, where she spent two years working for the state conducting legal research and writing opinions on various civil and criminal matters. 


While teaching Criminal Justice Policy and Planning she has been able to familiarize students with scientific techniques for analyzing criminal justice problems and developing their own practical solutions to the issues.  Her classes are highly interactive, energetic and real-world.  While studying the course material students will frequently be exposed to current events relating to Philadelphia and the nation’s crime problem, particularly prisoner reentry, women and crime, gender-responsive treatment programs, juvenile crime, school violence, flash-mobs and other criminal policy matters.  Education is the key to success and hard work never goes unrewarded. She has an open-door policy for all past and present students working to help them gain success in their chosen endeavor.