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The Knee CSOR Criminal Justice Colloquium

  • On October 21st, the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) collaborated with the Institute for Humane Studies' from George Mason University to host a colloquium at Saint Francis University, which focused on criminal justice reform.  Professor Brian Meehan from Berry College facilitated the discussion entitled: "Reforming the System: Criminal Justice in the U.S." The aim of the colloquium was to engage students in a text-based dialogue of open inquiry, in which the discussants explore fundamental ideas and questions about how to achieve a more just, peaceful, and prosperous world.

    The daylong event was broken down into four sessions to help facilitate discussion. Session 1, The History of Policing, explored the evolution of the role of police by examining Radley Balko’s book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Force, and Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing. Session 2, Structure of Policing, used an excerpt of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s book, On Combat, entitled “On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs” to explore the psychology of police and criminals in relation to the structure of policing. Session 3, Licensing as a Barrier to Reform, focuses on how occupational licensing may be affecting criminal justice reform by examining Rodriguez and Avery’s National Employment Law Project, “Unlicensed & Untapped: Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses for People with Records.” Finally, Session 4, Consequences and Pivoting to Reform, reexamines Radley Balko’s book and Stephen Slivintski’s article, “Turning Shackles into Bootstraps,” to arrive at potential criminal justice reforms.

    The 16 students who attended the colloquium contemplated and discussed the material so that each individual was able to arrive at their own unique interpretation and conclusion. The Knee CSOR hopes to host another colloquium for students in the Spring Semester of 2018.

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