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Policing and race presentation offered by Lycoming College criminal justice professor

Policing and race presentation offered by Lycoming College criminal justice professor

Kerry Richmond

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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.

Richmond’s presentation, titled “Whose Lives Matter? Policing and Race in the United States,” will highlight the forces that influence police actions and the disparate perceptions within the community they protect.

Richmond is an associate professor and the chair of Lycoming College’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She teaches courses on criminological theory, correctional policy and race, class, gender and crime. Her research interests focus on the effectiveness of correctional programming to promote the reintegration of offenders, specifically females.

Her primary area of research evaluates whether employment in prison industries affects the institutional and post-release criminal behavior of male and female inmates, and she has studied both the federal prison industries program, UNICOR and the Pennsylvania State Correctional Industries program. Prior to coming to Lycoming, Richmond worked for several years creating alternative sentencing plans for federal and state defendants and developing parole plans for state inmates through the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives in Baltimore, Md.

Richmond has developed partnerships with all levels of law enforcement in the Williamsport community to bring experts into classroom settings and students into real-world settings through internships and volunteer activities. Most recently, she served as the facilitator for the strategic planning process in the county and worked with criminal justice and community stakeholders to develop a plan for successfully reintegrating individuals back into society after a period of incarceration. She is also currently working on a study on recidivism rates in Lycoming County.

The presentation is part of a symposium on race and culture sponsored by the College to encourage thoughtful and healthy discussions about race, culture and inclusion among faculty and students in classrooms and facilitated discussions.

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