Reintroducing prisoners to society is forum topic

"Prisoner Re-entry and Reintegration" will be the theme of the fourth annual Criminal Justice Forum hosted by the Criminal Justice Program.

The forum, set for 7 p.m. Thursday (March 30) in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, is free and open to the public. Each year, the program brings together scholars and practitioners to give public presentations on a relevant criminal justice topic.

This year's guest speakers are Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), and Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C., a national organization engaged in research and advocacy on criminal justice issues.

Wilkinson has held a variety of positions with the DRC since September 1973, including superintendent of the Corrections Training Academy, warden of the Dayton Correctional Institution and deputy director of prisons-south region. Former Gov. George Voinovich appointed him DRC director in February 1991, and he was re-appointed by Gov. Bob Taft in January 1999. Wilkinson recently announced he will leave the post next month.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in higher education administration, both from Ohio State University. He received a doctor of education degree from the University of Cincinnati.

The recipient of numerous awards from correctional organizations, he is president and executive director of the International Association of Re-entry, as well as past president of both the Association of State Correctional Administrators and the American Correctional Association. He is vice chair for North America of the International Corrections and Prisons Association.

Wilkinson has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on a variety of correctional topics and is editor of two books.

Mauer has directed programs on criminal justice reform for 25 years. He is the author of some of the most widely cited reports in the field, including“Young Black Men and the Criminal Justice System” and the“Americans Behind Bars” series, comparing international rates of incarceration. His 1995 report on racial disparity and the criminal justice system led the New York Times to editorialize that the report "should set off alarm bells from the White House to city halls—and help reverse the notion that we can incarcerate our way out of fundamental social problems." His 1999 book on criminal justice policy, Race to Incarcerate, was named a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

He is co-editor of a new book, Invisible Punishment, a collection of essays on the social cost of imprisonment. He has also been a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections, and is a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Race and the Criminal Justice System.

Mauer directed state and nationwide efforts in criminal justice for the American Friends Service Committee from 1975-86 and was that organization's national justice communications coordinator. Since beginning work with the Sentencing Project in 1987, he has testified before Congress, addressed a broad range of national and international conferences and been regularly interviewed by the New York Times,Washington Post, National Public Radio and other media outlets.

He has received several awards for his contributions to criminal justice research and drug policy scholarship.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his master of social work degree from the University of Michigan.
March 27, 2006