Facts & Fictions in Criminal Justice

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The purpose of this presentation is to clarify some of the “Myths” presented in the public sector and social media.  In addition, the presenter will clarify and inform attendees with information acquired through his experience working over 50 years in the criminal justice system. The following themes will be discussed:

  1. Once a criminal always a criminal
  2. Does prison make better criminals?
  3. There is no rehabilitation in prison
  4. Being on probation or parole is merely a “slap on the wrist”
  5. Police use excessive force on a regular basis
  6. Judges are too lenient

The presentation will be presented in an informal manner encouraging questions from attendees.

Dr. John Paitakes has been a probation officer for over 25 yrs. with the Somerset County Courts. Upon retiring from this position he taught criminal justice at Seton Hall University for 20 yrs. He was appointed to two different terms on the New Jersey State Parole Board where he interviewed over 7000 inmates applying for parole. He has appeared in numerous social media including Fox News. He is the author of the book “50 Years Working in Criminal Justice”.