Criminal Justice Department to host a PA Prison Society's Community Conversation

The Lycoming College Department of Criminal Justice will host one of the Pennsylvania Prison Society's Community Conversations, titled "Why Do We Punish?" on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in Heim Building G-09. The program will be moderated by William M. DiMascio, executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society.

Pennsylvania has more than 100,000 of its citizens incarcerated. Five thousand of those are serving life sentences, including 450 who were sentenced as juveniles. In light of these facts, the PPS is examining the question of "Why do we punish?" through community conversations across the state. The discussions include participation from clergy, academics and professionals who deal with youth and adults in related fields.

The PPS is a 223-year-old non-profit organization that seeks to create a more just, humane and restorative corrections system.