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Criminal Justice Studies

Westminster College Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Presents our Criminal Justice Symposium April 9-10, 2015

Westminster College
McKelvey Campus Center
Witherspoon Rooms
319 S Market St
New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001

"Incarceration and Reentry"



Keynote Speakers

Our featured Keynote speakers are Amanda Alexander and Gary Tennis, Esq.

Amanda Alexander

Amanda Alexander who is a Soros Justice Fellow and Director of the University of Michigan Law School Prison & Family Justice Project. The Project serves families divided by incarceration and the foster care system using a combination of direct representation, know-your-rights education, targeted litigation, and advocacy. Amanda received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she founded the Women, Incarceration, and Family Law Project. During law school, she worked with The Bronx Defenders, conducted research for National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and worked on alternatives to stop-and-frisk policing as an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. A PhD candidate in international history at Columbia University, Amanda’s teaching and research interests include mass incarceration, criminal law, reproductive justice, family law, and prison teaching. Amanda is a sponsor of Michigan’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Theory Group and an advisor to the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated. She lives in southwest Detroit.

Gary Tennis, Esquire

Gary Tennis, Esq. of Philadelphia was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in January 2012.  Tennis is retired from his previous position as chief of the legislation unit in the Philadelphia's District Attorney's Office, where he represented the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association working with the General Assembly.  In addition to more than 25 years of legislative experience, Tennis served as executive director of the President's Commission on Model State Drug Laws in 1993.  He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa in 1975 and was a Rhodes Scholarship nominee.  He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Tennis's first order of business will be cot analyze the provision of drug and alcohol services, which are currently provided through several agencies including the state departments of health and public Welfare.  The goal is to ensure the highest and most effective care for Pennsylvania citizens struggling with addiction.


Additional Speakers

Morning Panel: Shelby Unger-Bacz (SCI-Cambridge Springs Reentry Program), Tricia Johnston (Georgia Department of Corrections Women's Programming), Gary Fillipone (Jails to Jobs Special Projects Liaison), Josh Lamancusa (District Attorney Lawrence County)

Afternoon Panel: Tiffany Wilfong (CSI Investigative Researcher), Jamie Jendrysik (Chief-Lawrence County Adult Probation and Parole), Matt Monaly (Federal Investigative Services), Marilyn Plotts (Director of Highland House), Amy Landfair (Pennsylvania State Probation and Parole)

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