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Criminal Justice News


Stories of abuse and addiction define a semester for Lycoming freshmen studying reentry of those previously incarcerated

In Lycoming College’s First Year Seminar course, “Returning Home: What Does it Mean to Desist from Crime?” freshmen get a first-hand look at the challenges faced by those previously incarcerated as they seek to create new lives, such as finding a job, reconnecting with their family, and staying sober. In a culminating project, students interviewed and wrote the stories of Lycoming County Reentry Services Center participants for publication, six of which were published over the course of a week in local news outlet, On the PULSE as part of a series entitled, “Stories of Reentry.”

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Reentry simulation to take place at Lycoming College

*The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population, but has 25% of the world’s prison population.

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Criminologist discusses the relationship between violent crime and immigration

Ramiro Martinez, Ph.D., will address the Lycoming College campus as part of the 20th annual Strauser Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 2, at 4 p.m., in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, Shangraw Performance Hall. Drawing from 20 years of experience and an extensive body of empirical research, his talk, titled “Did more immigration mean more crime? National implications, local context and research findings,” will focus on the impact of immigration on violent crime.

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Lycoming College guest speaker to discuss use of fear in U.S. media and politics

Margee Kerr, Ph.D., medical sociologist at Ursinus College and the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver a lecture titled, “Hijacking fear: the use of fear in U.S. media and politics,” on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Heim Room G-09. The lecture will explore how and why fear is used to motivate action, why we often fear the wrong things, and how we can understand our fears and make sure they are working for us. This presentation is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College criminal justice students present research on transnational crimes

Criminal justice and criminology students at Lycoming College enlightened fellow educators and students on transnational crimes at the 30th Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Educators Annual Meeting on April 7. The conference, hosted at Lock Haven University, attracted regional faculty, practitioners, and both graduate and undergraduate students. Four Lycoming students presented secondary research papers to an attentive panel of experts in the criminal justice field and students pursuing careers in criminal justice or criminology.

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Transformative justice: Envisioning a greater America

The department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Lycoming College will host a talk by April Bernard, Ph.D., for its Strauser Lecture Series, 5:30 p.m., April 6, in room G-11 of the Heim Building on the Lycoming College Campus. Bernard’s talk will focus on transformative justice as a potential solution to the failed wars on crime and social exclusion. The event is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College presents “Pull of Gravity” providing first-hand account of reentry after prison

Lycoming College presents a screening of “Pull of Gravity,” an elucidating documentary film about the life of incarcerated men and their reentry into society, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center. Sponsored by the College’s department of criminal justice and criminology, the screening is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College students to survey households for Old Lycoming Township Police Department

Lycoming College students will be asking residents in the Old Lycoming Township Police Department service area to participate in a survey from June 12 through June 30. The survey, which will gather information about attitudes toward the police agency, will be conducted by two criminal justice majors at Lycoming College as part of their summer internship experience.

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Research on race, law and criminal justice to be presented by Temple University author

Nicole Gonzales-Van Cleve, Ph.D., assistant professor at Temple University, will discuss her research on race, law and criminal justice during a presentation at 5:30 p.m. on April 7 at Lycoming College. The presentation, to be held in the Jane Schultz Room in the Wertz Student Center at Lycoming College, is free and open to the public.

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Policing and race presentation offered by Lycoming College criminal justice professor

Kerry Richmond, Ph.D., will discuss the issues of policing and race during a presentation on Dec. 7 at 7:15 p.m. in the Heim Science Building on Mulberry Street. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Transformational artwork of incarcerated men and women topic of upcoming presentation

Artist Phyllis Kornfeld will be sharing insights about her work with incarcerated people during a presentation on Nov. 2 at Lycoming College. Her presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Documentary highlights irony of American social issues

The public is invited to enjoy Michael Moore’s latest documentary, “Where to invade next,” which explores solutions to some of America’s most entrenched social issues that we can learn from other nations. The free film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

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Lycoming College students inducted into criminal justice honor society

The Lycoming College Gamma Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society, inducted several students during a ceremony in April.

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