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DOC Officials Present at National Conference

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November 28, 2018 12:00 AM
By: Sue McNaughton

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CEN - 2018 Nov - National Conference.jpgTwo Pennsylvania Department of Corrections officials recently presented information to attendees of the recent American Society of Criminology's 74th annual conference in Atlanta, Ga. The theme of this year's conference was "Institutions, Cultures and Crime."

Director of Planning, Research & Statistics Dr. Bret Bucklen provided information on sex offender typologies and on the department's population – both of which inform future policy and drive inmate treatment.

Not only do inmate students have the physical barrier of not being able to go on campus for traditional college classes, they have the barriers to access to the Pell funds that might not hinder traditional students, such as getting a parent's signature of signing up for selective service (aka the Draft).

CEN - 2018 Nov - National Conference2.jpgCurrently, there are three colleges (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University and Lehigh Carbon Community College) offering classes at six institutions (Muncy, Coal Township, Frackville, Houtzdale, Mahanoy and Pine Grove). Approximately 57 students actively participate in classes, and about 255 applications were submitted for admission to Pell-funded classes in either Spring or Fall 2019.

The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency.

The Society's objectives are to encourage the exchange, in a multidisciplinary setting, of those engaged in research, teaching and practice so as to foster criminological scholarship and to serve as a forum for the dissemination of criminological knowledge. Membership includes students, practitioners and academicians from the many fields of criminal justice and criminology.

The Society conducts an annual meeting devoted to discussions of topics of general interest. Recent meeting themes have included: "Taking Stock: Current Knowledge and Future Priorities;" "The Causes and Consequences of Crime: Multidisciplinary Contributions;" "Criminology, Justice, and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century."


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