About

Our Mission

This association is committed to the nurture of Criminal Justice education in academic institutions and training centers across the state.

The sharing of new knowledge/skills/techniques that have been developed through the research conducted in the Criminal Justice field.

To better equip educators with the methods that will enhance the learning experience of students in Criminal Justice.

History

PACJE has been in existence since the early 1980s and traditionally met on a Friday evening and Saturday at a Best Western or Days Inn. Conference presentations were made in one room on Saturday. Seeking a better way to convene the annual PACJE conference, in 2004 the executive board decided to copy the method used by the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS).

Originally, NEACJS met on the campus of Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, RI. In 2009, the executive board decided to use the conference facilities of the Baypoint Inn as a matter of convenience, and it has been at that location ever since. The Baypoint Inn is part of the RWU campus and is used as student housing during the academic year. In the summer, it operates as a hotel. It is the same set up as ACJS, but writ small. All presentation rooms are in the Inn, and all are equipped with PowerPoint, which RWU allows us to use at no charge.

Instead of staying on one campus, PACJE decided that the first vice-president would coordinate the conference on his or her campus. This has worked very well. To date, PACJE has been held on the campuses of Penn State – Harrisburg, Messiah College, Slippery Rock University, Penn State – Altoona, Neumann University, Penn State – Schuylkill, Lock Haven University, Eastern University, and Edinboro University.

PACJE is able to award a total of $825 in undergraduate and graduate scholarships and paper awards because of the cost-cutting assistance received for use of the conference facility. The only other major expense is food services, which consumes the lion’s share of conference income. Usually, the host will help with the breakfast & lunch, but it still consumes much of the income.

Recently, the Criminal Justice Program at PSU Harrisburg has sponsored the Undergraduate Student Scholarship, and Edinboro University sponsored the coffee bar. Contributions such as these also assist in keeping fees low for students and faculty.  In addition, select textbook publishers have contributed to the conference.  The support of all parties is greatly appreciated.

PACJE learned the hard way not to rely on volunteer institutions to host the PACJE website. On two separate occasions, the sites were taken down unannounced and all was lost. The cost of the website is offset by the confidence PACJE can have in its permanence and ability to revise quickly.

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