Cameron University to host annual conference of Oklahoma Criminal Justice Association

Cameron University will host the Eighth Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Association (OCJA) on Friday, April 25. The conference takes place at the CETES Conference Center and is open to the public. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $20. For more information, call the Cameron University Department of Criminal Justice at 581-2490.

Dr. Marilyn D. McShane, professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston-Downtown, will present the keynote address. Her address is titled “Criminal Justice Today and Tomorrow: Will There be Logic in the Future?”. McShane has held office and served on a number of national criminal justice professional organization boards. She is the author of numerous publications, including her latest book, “Criminological Theory, 6th Edition,” co-authored with Frank P. Williams III. Her keynote address will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Prior to McShane’s address, OCJA will conduct its annual business meeting.

Also on the agenda are paper and poster presentations by college students and faculty members across the state. Topics covered in the paper presentations “The Politics of Private Prisons in Oklahoma,” “Geographical Disparities in Wrongful Conviction Cases,” “The Jury is Out,” “The Per Curiam Decision in Stanton v. Sims,” “The Qualified Immunity Doctrine,” “A Transformational Approach to Teaching Terrorism and Homeland Security” and  “When Prison is not the Answer.”

Poster presentations will focus on “Path to Becoming a Serial Killer: An Examination of the Socioeconomic Statuses of a Serial Killer,” “A Link Analysis of Terror Networks Across the World,” “Studying International Methamphetamine Trends,” “Law Enforcement and PMIs – Part I,” “The Effects of Capital Punishment and the Struggles Women Face in Incarceration,” “Mental Health Providers and PMIs, ” and information on two books, “A Woman Doing Life” and “Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars.”

The mission of OCJA is to advance the influence, interests, research, ethics and professionalism of criminal justice educators, practitioners, students, and pre-professionals, while working in the cause of justice in the state of Oklahoma

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April 23, 2014

PR# 14-097