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STEP

The Right

By Michael J. Soloway

Last year,

Lycoming alumni

and Kennesaw

State University

Criminal Justice

Assistant

Professor James

McCafferty,

Ph.D. ’03, found himself in Ghana. He had

been invited to teach at the Kofi Annan

International Peacekeeping Training

Centre (KAIPTC). McCafferty said the

centre has a longstanding relationship

with Kennesaw State and sought to

create a weeklong Criminal Justice

Executive Training program with both

American and West African criminal

justice experts. “They wanted somebody

at the Centre with expertise in evidence-

based correctional programming, and

that’s what I’ve focused my education and

research on.”

KAIPTC is unique and has received

international funding from various countries,

including Germany, Canada, France, Italy, the

Netherlands, Norway, the U.K., and the United

States. “The team consisted of myself, another

colleague who focuses on law enforcement

training, and a judge and attorney from

Ghana,” said McCafferty “For a week we taught

thirty-five individuals, seven to eight hours a

day. I met with judges, police officers, prison

officials, and attorneys … a handful having

trained in the U.S.”

Ghana’s goal is to rely on more evidence-

based practices for policing and punishment.

“They really want to learn to do a much better

job and to be efficient and fair,” said McCafferty.

“I’d never been to Africa before, but it was really

one of the highlights of my career to meet and

work with these folks.”

In hindsight,

the steps

seem simple,

the progression

so logical.

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