40 Years in Corrections: Are We Going Forward or Backward?

by Barbara Armstrong  |   

Dr. Allen Ault
Dr. Allen Ault, College of Justice & Safety dean at Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Allen Ault, Dean of the College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, spoke on his 40 years of experience in corrections on March 2, 2015 at the UAA/APU Consortium Library on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Dr. Ault discussed the "War on Drugs" and the rapid rise in incarceration rates in the U.S., the disproportionate number of minority individuals who are incarcerated, the shift in corrections from rehabilitative to punitive, the rising number of inmates with mental health concerns, and the issue of capital punishment.

Dr. Ault has previously served as Commissioner of Corrections in the states of Georgia, Colorado, and Mississippi; warden of a maximum-security prison; and Chief of Special Projects, National Institute of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice.

The event was sponsored by the UAA Justice Center, the UAA Pre-Law Society, and the UAA Justice Club as part of National Criminal Justice Month, established by Congress in 2009 to promote societal awareness regarding the causes and consequences of crime, as well as strategies for preventing and responding to crime. Dr. Troy Payne and Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., were the Justice Center faculty advisors for this event. Our thanks to Rich Curtner, an adjunct faculty member at the Justice Center, and Alaskans Against the Death Penalty for bringing Dr. Ault to Alaska and making possible Dr. Ault’s presentation at this event.

Dr. Allen Ault and UAA group
From left to right: Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D.; Dr. Troy Payne; Dr. Allen Ault; Camilla Hussein, Pre-Law Society President; Rich Curtner, Adjunct Faculty and Chair of Alaskans Against the Death Penalty. Photo by Barbara Armstrong.


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