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Criminal Justice Club

The Criminal Justice Club is very active each academic year. Students participate in a variety of activities and tours, gain valuable insight regarding the past, present, and future of Criminal Justice, and often develop lasting friendships with fellow students.

  2011 Distinguished Lecture Presentation

Ronald Suarez, M.D., medical examiner for Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, provided insights to the work of forensic pathologists in his presentation, "Understanding Medicolegal Death Investigation," on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Mercer County Community College.

Referencing actual cases, Dr. Suarez drew upon his 28 years of practice nationally and internationally as he explored the basics of death scene examination, medical history, and other information the medical examiner uses to determine a person's cause and manner of death.

Launching his career as an associate medical examiner for Metropolitan Dade County in Miami in 1983, Dr. Suarez relocated to Boston where he served as an associate medical examiner and forensic pathologist representing Massachusetts' Eastern Regional Office. From there, he was appointed assistant state medical examiner for New Jersey. He has also worked as a consultant in Forensic Medicine for the U.S. Department of Justice's International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program and as acting Gloucester County Medical Examiner.

On the international front, Dr. Suarez, a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Medicine, has held numerous positions. He has served as a consultant in Forensic Medicine for the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission to El Salvador; to the Office of the Attorney General in Guatemala and Panama; and as co-director of the Advanced Symposium in Death Investigation for the U.S. Department of Justice in Bogota, Columbia. His appointments in academia have included serving as an assistant professor of Pathology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and as an adjunct assistant professor of Neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Dr. Suarez earned his medical degree from Rutgers University Medical School and performed his residency in Anatomic Pathology at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

  2010 Distinguished Lecture Presentation

Shaun L. Gabbidon, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State University's Harrisburg campus, presented the talk, "Shopping While Black: Understanding and Combating Consumer Racial Profiling," on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Mercer County Community College.

A leading scholar in the area of race, ethnicity and crime, Dr. Gabbidon presented current and historical data on consumer racial profiling, strategies to reduce its prevalence and insight into dispelling racial stereotypes. One of the few scholars in the nation to conduct research in this area, his efforts have focused on private security, criminology and criminal justice pedagogy, as well as white collar and corporate crime.

Gabbidon earned a Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a fellow at Harvard University's W.E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research and as an adjunct associate professor in the Center for African American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

The author, coauthor/editor of 10 books, Gabbidon has also written many articles for scholarly journals. In his most recent book, Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice: An International Dilemma, he expanded his pioneering research in the field of race and crime to examine criminal justice issues in Great Britain, Canada, Australia and South Africa. He currently serves as the co-editor of Routledge's Criminology and Justice Studies Book Series and as editor of SUNY Press's Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice Series. In 2007, Penn State Harrisburg honored him with its Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity Award.

CJ Club members at the New Jersey State Police Museum.

Students and displays at the New Jersey State Police Museum.

CJ Club members at the New York City Police Museum.

Students and displays at the New York City Police Museum.

Student also toured Ground Zero-New York City.

The CJ Club also regularly sponsors the Careers in Corrections Workshop. The Workshop is open to the entire campus community and includes presenters from a variety of correctional agencies. All in attendance are exposed to the wide variety of career opportunities found nationwide in corrections. Pictured below are from left, first row, Criminal Justice Club President Luis Vega, Club Secretary Kyle Craver, Paulette Savage of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, V. Karen Green-Allen of the United States Probation Office, Christine Simone-Dill of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, and MCCC Professor Peter Horne. The back row includes Llionel Henderson of the Mercer County Youth Detention Center, Richard Bearden of the Mercer County Correction Center, David Steele of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and MCCC Associate Professor Cavit Cooley.

The CJ Club also regularly assists in bringing individuals to Mercer to participate in the MCCC Distinguished Lecture Series. Recently, MCCC Criminal Justice Program Adjunct Professor and Plainsboro Township Police Chief Elizabeth Bondurant and MCCC Professor Peter Horne provided insight regarding the past, present, and future of women in criminal justice. Pictured left to right below are Criminal Justice Club Secretary Kyle Craver, Club member Michael Frey, Professor Peter Horne, Chief Elizabeth Bondurant, and Associate Professor Cavit Cooley.

Club members regularly hold an annual fundraiser. Proceeds go to a variety of charitable organizations.

A recent winner of the annual fundraiser accepts his prize as the charitable organization accepts the check.

Club members often tour correctional facilities in the central New Jersey area. Pictured are Professors Horne and Cooley with students on a recent tour of the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Wrightstown, NJ. These tours allow students to gain much insight into the design, operation, and programming associated with such institutions.

Forensic Science has been a recent interest for many in Criminal Justice. The CJ Club touring the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety Forensic Science Center in Hamilton Township.

The spring semester traditionally ends with a visit to an area firearms range for fun filled hours of shooting and pizza.


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