Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Departmental Activities

Don't Shoot

David M. Kennedy, author of Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, to speak on Thursday, April 19th

The Departments of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Philosophy are very pleased to announce that David Kennedy will be on campus on the afternoon of Thursday, April 19th at 4pm in Mary L. Welch Honors Hall to discuss his recent book, Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.

Mr. Kennedy is the Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has been praised for his unique approach to gang and drug-related inner-city violence. Mr. Kennedy was deeply troubled by the violence which was plaguing many cities in the late 1980s and early 1990s and felt strongly that something must be done. He developed a three-pronged approach, which brought together gang members, social service agencies and law enforcement officials. In this approach, punitive sanctions were threatened to gang members who continued to engage in violence. In addition, education and training was offered to individuals who wanted to pursue a life that did not involve crime. His approach, in which everyone has a vested interest in improving community conditions, has had a positive effect and has been implemented in cities across the country (most famously in Boston, known as “Operation Ceasefire”).

Students and Faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology tour Glen Mills School

On Friday, March 2, 2012, 29 students and three faculty members from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology toured the Glen Mills School in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1826, Glen Mills School is the oldest residential school for court referred young men in the country. The school utilizes evidence-based practices, which are rooted in sociological and criminological concepts. Specifically, their philosophy is rooted in a unique sociological model based on peer pressure and group confrontation. The tour included the opportunity to see the educational and vocational programs at Glen Mills, as well as hear from students and staff on their experiences at the school.

Eastern State

Criminal Justice Students tour Eastern State Penitentiary

On March 26, 2011, 40 criminal justice students toured Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Eastern State Penitentiary was one of the early prison models in the United States, built in 1829. The prison model was based on the Quaker philosophy of repentance. Inmates were housed in solitary cells for 23 hours a day and were not allowed to speak. The hope was that they would use this time to reflect upon their behavior and, as a result, go through a personal transformation in which they became men of virtue and integrity. The philosophy of the prison shifted in the early 1900s to what is known as the Auburn model, where inmates worked and ate in congregate and lived in tiered cellblocks. Eastern State was a functioning prison until 1971 and is now a historical site.