CWUNews FeedNews Feed LAJ: 2016-17 Update, 02 May 2017 08:28:58<p>We have put together a brief newsletter update highlighting our department's changes and successes over the past year. Whether you're a current student, alumnus, or a potential student learning more about our program, we hope you'll take a few moments to read through and help us celebrate all we've been doing lately!</p><p>Just click the graphic below to download the .pdf newsletter.</p><p><a href="/law/sites/"><img alt="LAJ 2016-17 Update" src="/law/sites/" style="width: 464px; height: 600px;"></a></p>In Memoriam: John Kozar, 16 Mar 2017 08:58:37<p>The Law &amp; Justice Department regrets the loss of John Kozar.&nbsp; He completed the BA in Law &amp; Justice at Central Washington University and received the CWU Alumni Association 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, College of the Sciences.&nbsp; He was a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service.&nbsp; John was hospitalized with influenza in March 2017.&nbsp; His career in federal investigation, and the wider aims of law enforcement he pursued, are reflected the collection of badges he donated to the Department.&nbsp; The badges can be seen <a href=";album_id=1229831883727520">in this gallery on our Facebook page</a>.</p>LAJ Alumnus Jim Ritter featured on CNN, 27 Feb 2017 13:44:03<p>CWU LAJ alumnus and Seattle Police Department Officer Jim Ritter is featured in <a href="">this CNN report on the SPD's Safe Place program</a>!</p><blockquote><p>Two years ago, Seattle Police Officer Jim Ritter realized his city had a major problem. People weren't reporting hate crimes.</p><p>He'd hear about them, anecdotally. Some were horrifying incidents. But they weren't showing up on police reports.</p><p>"After determining most of these crimes were being committed in the commercial districts throughout the city, (I) had to sit down and figure out what are we going to do about this," Ritter said.</p><p>He started a program called Safe Place. It's a first-in-the-nation initiative that designates local businesses as a place where victims of hate crimes can shelter while waiting for the police to arrive.</p></blockquote>Tickets Available for our 20th Anniversary Celebration, 27 Feb 2017 11:38:35<p><img alt="" src="/law/sites/" style="width: 530px; height: 150px;"></p><p>Join us in celebrating 20 years as the Department of Law and Justice at Central Washington University. Mingle with faculty, students, graduates, and friends from across the university and central Washington. Wtih special speaker David Altheide, 1967 alumnus.</p><p>5:00-7:30 P.M. | Friday, May 5, 2017 | Sue Lombard Hall</p><p>Schedule of Events:</p><p>5:00 p.m.: Reception<br>6:00 p.m.: Dinner<br>6:45 p.m.: Alumni speaker David Altheide<br>7:15 p.m.: Scholarship and awards presentations</p><p>Tickets are $30 and available at <a href=""></a>.</p></br></br></br>CWU LAJ at the Western Society of Criminology conference, 15 Feb 2017 10:38:03<p>Dr. Lisa Monchalin, student Autumn Adams ,and Dr. Charles Reasons present their paper, "Indigenous Mass Incarceration and Racial Injustice: The Colonial Problem in Canada and the United States" to the Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Criminology, Las Vegas, February 11, 2017.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/law/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/law/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p>Law and Justice Celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary, 08 Dec 2016 09:58:48<p>This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Department of Law and Justice, and in celebration of that, we've just added <a href="">a history of the LAJ department</a> to our site.</p><p>We're sure there are more stories to tell than we have there, though, and we'd love to hear from you! Have you been a part of&nbsp;CWU's Law and Justice history? Please email us at and share your memories!</p>LAJ Selfie!, 01 Sep 2016 08:13:18<p>Some of the Ellensburg LAJ crew gathered yesterday evening to thank James Huckabay for his work as interim department chair and to welcome our new chair, Paul Knepper.</p><p>Left to right: Charles Reasons, Roger Schaefer, Paul Knepper, Teresa Divine, James Huckabay, Shaffer Claridge, and Michael Hanscom.</p><p><img alt="LAJ Selfie" src="/law/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p>Presenting the Kozar Collection, 24 Jun 2016 10:41:20<p>Former LAJ student John Kozar has very kindly donated his collection of law enforcement organization badges, covering much of the United States, to the CWU Department of Law and Justice.</p><p>Photos of the collection are now available <a href=";type=1&amp;l=a31a035475">on our Facebook page</a>!</p>Reducing Incarceration in Washington State: Speaker and Panel Discussion, 24 May 2016 10:18:40<p><img alt="" src="/law/sites/" style="width: 167px; height: 250px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Over the past academic year, Central Washington University has welcomed a variety of speakers to share their insight on mass incarceration, particularly in terms of racial disproportionality. On Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m., King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will introduce his top ten criminal justice reforms. Then at 5 p.m., a diverse panel of experts will discuss these reforms and take questions from the audience. Free and open to the public, the speech and panel will be held in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom.</p><p>Satterberg has been King County’s prosecutor since 2007, overseeing the largest jurisdiction in the state. As the Washington state prison population is rising, Satterberg supports economic and rehabilitative criminal justice reform.</p><p>“He has been a leader regarding innovative practices and policies,” said Chuck Reasons, Ph.D., law and justice professor at CWU. Reasons will be moderating the panel consisting of:</p><p>• Roger Schaefer, Ph.D., assistant professor, CWU law and justice department<br>• Julius Debro, Ph.D., retired professor, University of Washington law, societies and justice program<br>• Jonathan Umana, Restorative Community Services Program, Yakima County Juvenile Court<br>• Keith Champagne, Ph.D., associate dean for student development, CWU</p><p>“[Attendees] can expect to learn about practical ways to reduce the large number of people going to jail and prison in Washington State,” Reasons said.</p><p>This event is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year’s inaugural theme, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter, aims to educate Central’s community and initiate discussions about race.</p><p>For more information, contact Chuck Reasons at 509-963-1779 or</p><p>This event is sponsored by the Law and Justice Department. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-3208 or by emailing<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br>CWU Names Paul Knepper Chair of Law and Justice, 16 May 2016 15:50:53<p>Central Washington University has named Paul Knepper, PhD, the new chair of the Department of Law and Justice. Knepper, who will begin this fall, comes to Ellensburg from the United Kingdom, where he is professor of criminology in the School of Law at the University of Sheffield.</p><p>“Knepper’s hire is a boon to the Law and Justice Department and CWU as a whole,” commented Tim Englund, dean for the College of the Sciences. “His extensive research, coupled with an international perspective, will bring added value to our students.”</p><p>Knepper brings a diverse array of experience to the role, having conducted research and lectured across Europe for 12 years. He is a visiting professor in the School of Criminal Sciences at the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland, and has been a visiting professor at the Institute of Criminology, University of Malta. Knepper is also the editor of the <em>European Journal of Criminology</em> and serves on the executive board of the European Society of Criminology.</p><p>“I am very excited about joining CWU,” Knepper said, “The department combines the study of criminal justice, legal studies, and wider issues of social justice that I found particularly appealing.”</p><p>Knepper is the author or editor of 10 books and some 50 research articles. His research has appeared in the leading criminology journals in the USA, and also Australia, Canada, Germany, and Scandinavia.</p><p>While in the UK, he initiated the Black Firsts in British Law project. Together with students, he interviewed the first black lawyers in leading positions in criminal justice and legal professions to learn about persistent racial barriers and their strategies for breaking through. This research followed up an earlier study in North Carolina which involved the first African Americans to reach top jobs in policing, prosecution, the judiciary, and corrections.</p><p>Knepper recalls traveling to central Washington as a child to visit family living in Toppenish. “It’s even more beautiful than I remember,” he said following a visit to the campus for his interview. “Well . . . and more windy.”</p><p>Knepper earned his doctorate in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. His Master and Bachelor of Science were attained from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Green Bay, respectively.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p>