OWU to host prison reform discussion Oct. 15

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Robert D. McCrie, Ph.D., professor of security management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, will discuss “Prisons: A Failed Institution” on Oct. 15 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

A 1960 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, McCrie will speak at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 15 in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. His presentation is free and open to the public.

McCrie, who became interested in criminal justice as an OWU student, works daily on reform issues. He has visited about 200 correctional programs in 12 different countries and currently is organizing the 2022 Global Congress for Correctional Change.

His expertise is in security management, history of crime and countermeasures, police procedures, and history of corrections. His research focuses on security industry practices and standards, utility of corrections, prison, jail, probation, and parole trends.

McCrie’s books include “Of Crimes and of Punishments” (forthcoming), “Security Operations Management” (2016/third edition), and “Readings in Security Management: Principles and Practices” (2002). He also is the founding editor-in-chief of Security Journal and remains an editorial board member.

At John Jay College, McCrie teaches courses in criminal justice, American legal history, security management, protection management systems and more. He previously served as chair of the college’s Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration from 1997-2003.

In addition to graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan, McCrie holds a Master of Arts from Hunter College, a Master of Science from the University of Toledo, and his doctorate from The City University of New York (CUNY).

McCrie’s Ohio Wesleyan presentation is sponsored by the Andy Anderson Symposium Fund, Department of Philosophy, social justice major, and Students for Decarceration.

Learn more about McCrie and his work at www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/robert-d-mccrie. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Philosophy at www.owu.edu/philosophy and social justice major at www.owu.edu/socialjustice.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.


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