Facts and Fictions in the Criminal Justice System
Woodbridge Main Library
1 George Frederick Plaza
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Contact: Woodbridge Library
Age recommendation: All Ages
Dr. Paitakes will clarify and inform attendees of information acquired through his experience working over 50 years in the criminal justice system. The goal of this presentation is to clarify some of the “myths” presented in the public sector and social media.
The following themes will be discussed:
- Once a criminal always a criminal
- Does prison make better criminals?
- There is no rehabilitation in prison
- Being on probation or parole is merely a “slap on the wrist”
- Police use excessive force on a regular basis
- Judges are too lenient
The presentation will be presented in an informal manner encouraging questions from attendees.
Dr. Paitakes is in his 50th year working in criminal justice. He was a probation officer in Somerset County for 29 years, retiring as assistant chief probation officer. He then began his second career teaching full-time in the Political Science & Criminal Justice Department at Seton Hall University. He has also adjuncted at Rutgers University, Kean University, Thomas Edison State University and Raritan Valley Community College. He was previously appointed by former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman to the New Jersey State Parole Board as an alternate board member where he served for 6 ½ yrs. He served on the Transition Team for Gov. Chris Christie. He is presently an adjunct associate professor at Rider University. He was recently appointed to the New Jersey State Parole Board once again by Governor Christie in June 2016.
Registration is required online, or call 732-634-4450.