The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators will hold its annual conference at Neumann University on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entitled The Journey Back: From Prison Inmate to Productive Citizen, the conference will focus on a pilot reentry program in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for people who are released from prison.
This program is designed to give those on probation a better chance at working their way back into society, in addition to aiding probation officers with the supervision of the defendants. The program is comprised of bi-weekly meetings between the defendants in the program and a judge at the district level. These meetings allow officers to assess how the defendants are doing, their accomplishments and failures, and how well they are complying with the conditions of their supervised release.
The guest speaker for the conference is Jena Law, a supervisor in the U.S. Probation Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with 18 years of experience. She is also a senior member of the reentry program.
Other panels and workshops during the all-day conference include topics such as Female Offender Relapse and Recidivism; Police Use of Social Networking; An Analysis of Jury Decision-Making; and Domestic Extremism in America.
At the conclusion of the conference, the Association will install Joseph S. Gosseaux, a criminal justice professor at Neumann University, as president of the group for the 2011-12 academic year.
Conference events will be held in the Life Center and Bachmann Main Building on the Aston campus. The event fee of $55 will be accepted at the door. For more information, call Joseph Gosseaux at 610-361-5253.
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