(Oct. 14, 2013) -- Texas state Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, was the keynote speaker for the Department of Criminal Justice annual Community Breakfast Oct. 11 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Community leaders from a variety of law enforcement agencies attended the event, where academics and practitioners discuss innovative, effective and practical reforms at the forefront of criminal justice policy.
Whitmire spoke about the changes he has seen in the justice system during his more than 30 year tenure. Additionally, he outlined the pitfalls he faced when he took the position and the progress that Texas has made over the last decade in its criminal justice and prison systems.
Whitmire outlined future goals for policy makers, academicians and those serving in the field, expressing a desire to reform the juvenile justice system and practices that address nonviolent offenders, while iterating the need to be tough but smart when it comes to crime.
Roger Enriquez, director of the college's Policy Studies Center, introduced Whitmire. "Senator Whitmire was the perfect choice for the keynote because he has been instrumental in bringing about new methods for dealing with crime and justice in Texas," Enriquez said.
"Senator Whitmire's visit highlighted UTSA's commitment to working with influential policy makers in the field of criminal justice in order to continue to develop the best practices to find innovative and practical solutions to important policy problems," said Richard Hartley, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice in the UTSA College of Public Policy. "The annual breakfast is an opportunity for community leaders to learn from faculty about ongoing projects at UTSA and for faculty to gain valuable insight into community needs and initiatives, which can lead to future collaborations."
For more information, visit the UTSA Department of Criminal Justice website.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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