PSU Hosts Perspectives of Women in Criminal Justice Nov. 12

November 11th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
From walking a beat as a small-town police officer to serving on the state’s highest court, women are making a real impact in New Hampshire’s criminal justice system. Plymouth State University is hosting a forum Nov. 12, “Perspectives of Women in Criminal Justice,” which will provide insight and information about careers for women in the criminal justice system. The forum will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at Heritage Commons of the campus of Plymouth State University.

PSU’s Stephanie Halter, assistant professor of criminal justice, said the forum will inform and encourage young women to seek a career in the field of criminal justice.

“While women have made inroads into careers in the field of criminal justice over the last 40 years, it remains largely a male dominated profession to this day,” said Halter. “Only 11 percent of officers, 24 percent of correctional officers, and 25 percent of legal professionals nationwide are women and the proportions are even less when we look at high ranking positions, such as the chief of police, warden and justice. Women not only can but should work as police officers, correctional officers, lawyers, judges, wardens and fire fighters.”

The forum’s keynote speaker will be N.H. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Linda Dalianis. A panel discussion features Abigail Albee, managing attorney of the Merrimack County Public Defender’s office, Joanne Fortier, warden of the N.H. State Prison for Women, Jennifer Frank, Special Investigator for Crimes Against Women, Plymouth State University Police and Melissa Pierce, Assistant Prosecutor, Grafton County.

The forum is sponsored by Plymouth State University’s Criminal Justice Department.
For more information about this event, contact Stephanie Halter at (603) 535-3244 or sjhalter02@plymouth.edu.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes