January 26, 2017
17-15

Jordan West
Communications Specialist

VSU Goes Inside the Mind of Criminal Offenders

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s next Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar — Re-Entry: Adult and Juvenile— will teach attendees how to help criminal offenders successfully return to the community after incarceration.
 
Faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and friends of the university who want to learn more about this topic are invited to an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the University Center Magnolia Room. The open house is free of charge.
 
From 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dr. Bobbie Ticknor, a criminal justice faculty member at VSU, will give a brief preview of the upcoming seminar. Refreshments will be served and attendees will have an opportunity to have a meet and greet with faculty from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.
 
“The Re-Entry: Adult and Juvenile seminar will focus on several topics related to programming and services offered to offenders who are returning to the community following incarceration,” said Ticknor.
 
“Participants will learn about evidence-based practices and the principles of effective intervention. Other topics include how to motivate offenders, providing ongoing treatment, and relapse prevention. Participants will also learn about performing program evaluations. The local community supervision coordinator will be on hand to talk about reentry in Lowndes County.”
 
The Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar Series will continue throughout the spring and summer.
 
Participants interested in attending the Re-Entry: Adult and Juvenile seminar on March 31 can register online at https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/arts-sciences/sacj/criminal-justice/cjs-series.php. Advance registration is $300 for general admission, $150 for VSU alumni, and $75 for current VSU students, faculty, or staff. Employees from any Lowndes County criminal justice agency can register for a discounted fee of $225. Onsite registration will be available for an additional fee of $50. Registration includes continuing education unit credits, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
 
This event is presented in collaboration with VSU’s Office of Admissions, Dual Credit Honors Academy, and Pathways Program. It is funded by the Criminal Justice Outreach Program, which is supported by a 2016-2017 VSU Innovation Fund Grant. The Innovation Fund was created to invest in the future of VSU by supporting innovative practices, programs, and approaches that continue to improve teaching, services, and support of VSU students. 
 
Visit https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/arts-sciences/sacj/criminal-justice/forms/open-house-rsvp.php to RSVP for the open house.
 
Contact Dr. Bobbie Ticknor at bbticknor@valdosta.edu to learn more.
 
On the Web:
 
http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/arts-sciences/sacj/criminal-justice
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