SC State University to Bring Community Together During Criminal Justice Law Week

Friday, March 26, 2010

SC State University’s Department of Human Services presents Criminal Justice Law Week, beginning on Monday, March 29, 2010 through Friday, April 2, 2010. This year’s theme is “Turning the Decade in Criminal Justice: Infusing Ethics, Integrity and Character.”

During SC State University’s Criminal Justice Law Week, faculty, staff, students, criminal justice practitioners and members of the community will examine the obstacles that interfere with advancing toward a fairer and equitable criminal justice system.  Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to share in open discussions regarding criminal justice policies such as ethics, integrity and character during morning and afternoon session.

“In preparing for the week of activities, our goal is to extend the learning process beyond the classroom.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about controversial issues in criminal justice with current criminal justice professionals.  At the same time, they will learn about possible careers and internships in the field and begin to develop their professional network,” said Giselle White-Perry, assistant professor of Criminal Justice at SC State University. 

SC State University’s Criminal Justice Law Week, which will be held in the Barbara A. Vaughn Fine Arts Center, will include the following activities:

Monday, March 29th                                               Law Enforcement                 
Morning Session     9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.               Police Administration
Afternoon Session  2 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.                 Student Panel: “Snitching: Challenging the Street Code”

Tuesday, March 30th                                             Courts                       
Morning Session     10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.              Courts and the Criminal Justice System
Afternoon Session  2 p.m. -3:20 p.m.                   Student Panel: “Thinking About Law School?”    

Wednesday, March 31st                                       Corrections
Morning Session    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.             Lecture: Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, Cuba
Afternoon Session  2 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.                 Student Panel: “Community Corrections: Restoring Offender Rights”

Thursday, April 1st                                                  Victims
Morning Session     10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.             Victim Advocate Programs
Afternoon Session  2 p.m. - 3:20  p.m.                 Students & Faculty Crime Community Walk

Friday, April 2nd                                                       The Finale     
Morning Session     10 a.m. -3 p.m.                      Alumni Career Fair 2010
Afternoon Session   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.                      Criminal Justice Club Social Banquet

The Criminal Justice Law Week will conclude with the Criminal Justice Club Social Banquet on Friday, April 2, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center (Bulldog Lounge). The banquet is designed to raise funds to support professional development programs for students majoring in criminal justice at SC State University.

Armand Derfner, nationally renowned civil rights attorney & litigator at Derfner, Altman and Wilborn law firm in Charleston, S.C., will serve as guest speaker of the event.

Tickets prices for the Criminal Justice Club Social Banquet are $20 for students and $25 for general admission. All students and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Margie Ballard-Mack at 803-536-8971, or via email at You may also contact Giselle White-Perry at 803-536-8803 or via email at