40 Years in Corrections: Are We Going Forward or Backward?
by Barbara Armstrong |
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.
- "Ex-Dept. Of Justice Official to Alaska Students: We Can Do Better" by John Aronno. Alaska Commons, 3 Mar 2015.
- "Dr. Allen Ault speaks about his '40 Years in Corrections' for National Criminal Justice Month". UAA Justice Center Blog, 6 Mar 2015.