Program Highlights


Sunday Evening   John E. Wetzel, Implementing Community Justice in Pennsylvania: Thoughts on the Role of the Department of Corrections.    Go here for a fuller bio.

     John E. Wetzel serves as Secretary of the Department of Corrections for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.       John has 22 years of experience in the Corrections field, and remains active in a variety of community activities. He is a member of the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association, the American College Football Coaches Association and is past president of the Pennsylvania County Corrections Association.

View the video of Secretary Wetzel's talk here.



Monday Evening     Kirk Bloodsworth, Witness to Innocence

     Community Lecture at Elm Park United Methodist Church.  For fuller Bio go here.

Mr. Bloodsworth is a former Marine who was convicted of first degree premeditated murder and sentenced to death in 1984. Mr. Bloodsworth’s case was the first Capital conviction overturned as a result of DNA testing in the United States. He served 9 years in prison and after numerous appeals and after DNA testing in the case, it was determined in 1993 that his DNA did not match what was found at the crime scene and he was finally released as a result. Currently, Mr. Bloodsworth has served as a program officer for the Justice Project and the Justice Project Education Fund and is now active with, an National Organization of exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.


Tuesday Evening

We Rise!

An original play written and produced with the cooperation of female inmates at Lackawanna County Prison.

Moskovitz Theater, 4th floor DeNaples Student Center, University of Scranton.

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Three Plenary Speakers



Monday MorningDr. Todd Clear, Dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University 

One of the most frequently cited scholars in his field, Dr. Clear has written extensively on community justice and is currently involved in studies of the geography of correctional policy, religion/spirituality and crime, and the economics of justice reinvestment. He has authored 12 books, including Community Justice (co-authored with Eric Cadora, Wadsworth Press, 2003).   He has served as president of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice.   For a fuller Biography click here.

View the video of Dr. Clear's talk here.



Tuesday Morning:   Vicki Schieber

What Catholic Teaching on Restorative Justice can Contribute to the quest for Community Justice.         Go here for a fuller bio.

Vicki Schieber’s daughter, Shannon, was raped and murdered on May 7, 1998. Since this tragic incident, Vicki and her husband, Sylvester, have dedicated their career and lives to a moratorium on the death penalty. Vicki will share how her personal narrative led her to become an advocate for Catholic teaching on restorative justice, and how this might influence a future shaped by community Justice.


Tuesday Afternoon:  William M. DiMascio

The Long March of Justice: Community Perspectives on the path from Cruelty to Civility.                  

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This is a presentation tracing man’s fascination with punishment from the vantage point of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, an organization which played an instrumental role in the development of modern penology.  It includes a condemnation of past practices with a more optimistic view of future directions for the criminal justice system as well as the community at large.                     

William M. DiMascio has been executive director of The Prison Society since 1998. Prior to joining the Prison Society, Mr. DiMascio served as a consultant to correctional policy advocates in Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Oregon. During that period, he authored a fact book entitled Seeking Justice: Crime and Punishment in America, a reference work distributed across the country.  Earlier he worked as a journalist.  A native of Philadelphia, he earned his undergraduate degree at Temple University and his Master's from Neumann University.

View the video of Mr. DiMascio's talk here.

Over 25 Breakout Sessions           

Session titles and presenter Biographies will be updated as they become available.


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