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March 4: Do prisons right wrongs?

Comm-read-Being-wrong-cover-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The power of prisons to right wrongs will be explored by Faith Lutze, associate professor of criminal justice, in the Common Reading Tuesday presentation at 7 p.m. March 4 in CUE 203 at Washington State University.

The common reading book used in first-year and other classes this year is “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” by Kathryn Schulz.

“Our guest will explore how prisons in the United States punish those deemed to have intentionally ‘wronged’ another,” said Karen Weathermon, common reading co-director. “She will explore how prisons are used to ‘right a wrong’ and whether our perceptions of justice are accurate.”

Lutze joined WSU in 1995 and became an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2001. She has been affiliate faculty in women’s studies and American studies. She is an advisory board member for the WSU Center for Civic Engagement

She researches community corrections, prisoner re-entry and homelessness; juvenile, adult and family treatment drug courts; gender and justice in the correction of offenders; intercommunal violence prevention; and militarism and masculinity in criminal justice.

In 2013, she received a WSU President’s Award for Leadership in recognition of her dedication to engagement and leadership development. She was named the Criminal Justice Professor of the Year by Alpha Pi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society at WSU.

Beyond WSU she is a founding member of the minorities and women section of the international Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She serves on the advisory boards of the National Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Washington State Center for Court Research.

She earned a B.A. at Saginaw Valley State College and M.S. at the University of Cincinnati, both in criminal justice. Her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University is in administration of justice.

The presentation by Lutze is one of about 20 faculty- and guest-expert lectures hosted by the common reading program, which is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education at WSU.

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