D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Crime and Punishment on Trial:

Community Values and the Criminal Justice System

September 5, 2002 – Fine Arts Center Lobby, Viterbo University

Our current system of justice is costly and overburdened. Even with all the resources—human, financial, and otherwise that are going into the system, it’s still not enough. Many are asking: “What are the alternatives?”  “If not incarceration, then what?” “What can we do to prevent and intervene?” The symposium will explore the issues many professionals in the criminal justice system are grappling with today. Five sessions will be offered divided by topics which have been the major focus of the La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council. Former Illinois Senator Paul Simon, now director of the Public Policy Institute, will provide an evening keynote which is free and open to the public.

7:45–8:15 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15–9 a.m. Session I Prevention
What can communities do to prevent crime from happening in the first place? 
  • Raj Ramnarace, Lieutenant, La Crosse Police Department and Regional Administrator for Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT)
  • Ronald Rochon, Interim Associate Dean and Director of Teacher Education, UW-L
9:15–10:30 a.m.Session II Community Safety
Panel discussion: “Do alternative programs pose a greater risk to the community than incarceration?” 
  • Nicholas L. Chiarkas, State Public Defender
  • William Grosshans, Administrator for Community Corrections, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Ed Kondracki, Chief of Police, City of La Crosse
  • Marlene Fisher, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Viterbo University
10:45–12 p.m.Session III Intervention
A review of innovative justice sanctions programs in Wisconsin. 

Moderator: Jane Klekamp, La Crosse County

  • Kathy King, Community Justice Coordinator, Portage County
  • Tom Weber, Community Justice Coordinator, Monroe County
  • Ed Hammer, Director, Planning Department, Marathon County
  • Todd Winstrom, Staff Attorney, Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy, Dane County
12–1:15 p.m.Lunch
1:15–2:30 p.m.Session IV Accountability
A look at how a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee can help the criminal justice system meet public expectations. 
  • Robert C. Cushman, Consultant, National Institute of Corrections
2:45–4 p.m.Session V Justice
Author of Class, Race, Gender, and Crime: Social Realities of Justice in America. 
  • Gregg Barak, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Eastern Michigan University
7:30–9 p.m.Keynote Lecture 
Free and open to the public
Paul Simon
Former U.S. Senator, Illinois
Director, Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University

Keynote Lecture: Paul SimonFormer U.S. Senator, Illinois
Director, Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University

Simon, PaulFor more than 40 years, U.S. Senator Paul Simon has nurtured a celebrated career in public service built on a foundation of integrity, trust, and compassion. Uncompromising in his ethics and with the highest respect for the public institutions he served, Paul Simon is known by his peers on both sides of the political aisle as one of the most prolific and effective legislators of our time. Now, as director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, he will share his perspectives on the current state of the criminal justice system in America.

The La Crosse Tribune
Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office
UW-L School of Education
UW-L Continuing Education and Extension
Western Wisconsin Technical College
Viterbo University Department of Criminal Justice

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