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Local Criminal Justice Leaders Merge at Symposium Event


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“UHD’s robust Criminal Justice program, with its dedication to social responsibility and proximity to primary justice agencies and institutions, make our campus an ideal site for these conversations.” — Dr. Leigh Van Horn, Dean, College of Public Service

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) brought scholars, practitioners and students together on Nov. 14 for its Innovation in Criminal Justice Symposium, a conversation on new approaches to the criminal justice process. Panel discussions held throughout the day provided insight on a range of topics, including reparative interactions between offenders and victims (restorative justice); rehabilitation or education programs in lieu of convictions (diversion), and the inclusion of communities in the criminal justice process (community-based justice).

The event, presented by UHD’s College of Public Service, hosted several of Houston’s leading voices in criminal justice and public safety, including opening remarks from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg; Harris County Sheriff and UHD alumnus Ed Gonzalez; and Assistant Chief Fire Marshal Michelle McLeod. For a full list of speakers and panel topics, visit here.