PACJE conference – The 30th annual Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators Conference recently was held at Lock Haven University. Shown from left, Dr. Stephen Neun, acting provost; Dr. Ed Bowman, associate professor of criminal justice; and Dr. Donna Wilson, interim university president, welcome attendees to the conference.
On Saturday April 7, Lock Haven University and the Department of Criminal Justice welcomed more than 70 criminal justice educators, students, and their guests from around the state for the 30th annual Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators Conference.
The purpose of the conference is to support quality criminal justice education, facilitate an exchange of ideas, and encourage dissemination of new knowledge and skills derived from criminal justice research. This year’s conference was organized by Dr. Ed Bowman, associate professor of criminal justice at LHU.
According to Bowman, this year’s conference was unique for several reasons. This was the second time in the past five years that Lock Haven University has hosted the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators conference. Dr. Katie Ely hosted the conference in 2014. This year’s conference also included panel and roundtable presentations from current criminal justice students, alumni from the criminal justice program, and faculty from criminal justice and other disciplines at Lock Haven University.
“The theme of this year’s conference was justice reinvestment, which allowed for research on different cross-disciplinary topics in criminal justice and included presentations from alumni and faculty in other departments,” Bowman said.
The morning panels were thematically organized and included presentations on offender reentry, criminological theory, mass shootings, and media influences on crime. The conference allowed students, practitioners, and faculty to collaborate on criminal justice topics of interest.
Planning for the conference took the better part of a year and the conference was supported by Dr. Stephen Neun, acting provost, and The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services.
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