The Church and Society Ministry Team hosts VIP – Valley Interfaith Project – for a second Civic Academy on criminal justice this year. Join us on Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8 pm in H7 on the PVUMC church campus as Jesenia Pizarro, associate professor at ASU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, presents Offender Rehabilitiation: What We Know.

Professor Pizarro was one of the presenters at a Civic Academy held in May on Evidence-Based Criminal Justice: An Educational Review. She and her colleague and husband, ASU Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bill Terrill, strived to answer these questions:
• What do we know in terms of causes of crime?
• What works in criminal justice policy?
• What are effective prevention practices?
• Are there best practices in policing?

This time, Professor Pizarro will focus on the question: What are proven models in offender rehabilitation?

Criminal justice reform has been a part of VIP’s Human Development Agenda. Read more about VIP.

Jesenia M. Pizarro is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Professor Pizarro has worked with various police departments throughout the country in joints efforts to curb the violence in the municipalities they service. She has published multiple articles, most focusing on violence and homicide, and has served as Co-Principal Investigator in federally funded projects. As a member of PVUMC, she was instrumental in crunching the data from our Better Together Sunday in July, 2017, which asked the question: “What keeps you up at night?”

William Terrill is a Professor in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. His research centers on police behavior, with an emphasis on police use of force and police culture. He has published numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and reports, as well as two books entitled Police Coercion: Application of the Force Continuum (2001, LFB Scholarly Publishing) and Police Culture: Adapting to the Strains of the Job (2013, Carolina Academic Press). Dr. Terrill recently completed a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant geared toward examining variation in use of force policies throughout the country, and the various outcomes associated with the different policies; as well as a private foundation grant involving an observational study of the police in Flint, Michigan. He earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1992, from the School of Public Affairs Penn State Harrisburg, and his M.A. and Ph.D in Criminal Justice in 1994 and 2000, from the School of Criminal Justice Rutgers Newark.

Read a story about these two PVUMC members and ASU professors, and how they balance their work and married life even though they don’t always see eye to eye.

This community event is open to the public. See our Facebook event and register for this free event on Eventbrite. Free, certified onsite childcare is available during the event with a 48-hour reservation. To reserve a spot for your child(ren), please call the church at 602-840-8360, ext 134 at least 48 hours before the event. If you need to cancel childcare, even at the last minute, please call the number again.

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