For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
gillerand@georgian.edu

Gang Violence Conference Coming to Georgian Court University

NJ Association of Criminal Justice Educators to Meet

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 26, 2007—Georgian Court University will host the 2007 annual conference and meeting of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators (NJACJE) on Friday, April 13, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. Entitled “Gangs of New Jersey,” the day’s events will educate participants about gangs and their effects on New Jersey communities.

“All New Jersey communities could be susceptible to gang-related violence, and many are already suffering from the effects,” says Robert J. Louden, Ph.D., professor and director of Georgian Court’s criminal justice program.

Dr. Louden, who is chairing the 2007 NJACJE conference, adds, “This conference is intended for criminal justice academics, practitioners (police, probation, parole, juvenile justice, and prosecutors), educators, and students. It will demonstrate the need for enhanced collaboration between the academic and practitioner community.”

Dr. Louden explains that the conference will examine the issue of gangs with the hope of suggesting realistic approaches to the problem. The event will include a host of academic and practitioner-related presentations from the criminal justice community.

The cost of the conference is $35 and includes breakfast, lunch, a keynote address, a panel discussion of academic perspectives, and a second panel discussion of practitioner perspectives. Ample time will be given for questions and discussion with presenters. Textbooks will be exhibited by various criminal justice publishers.

Advanced registration is required. For more information about the conference or for special dietary concerns, please contact Dr. Louden at 732.987.2711 or loudenr@georgian.edu. To register for the conference, contact the Georgian Court University Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

ABOUT THE NJACJE

Since 1968, the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators (NJACJE) has been reaching out to academicians in criminal justice and related fields in an effort to enhance the quality of undergraduate and graduate education in the discipline. The organization’s goals are to meet the needs of criminal justice education; enhance the quality of programs and encourage innovation in the field; to promote professionalism of criminal justice practitioners; facilitate information sharing among criminal justice educators; recommend standards for educational programs in the field; and provide public education regarding the criminal justice system. Membership is open to full-time and part-time faculty, representatives of criminal justice agencies, and students.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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