UTSA College of Public Policy hosts Community Breakfast Oct. 10

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Durango Building, UTSA Downtown Campus

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(Oct. 9, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy Department of Criminal Justice and Center for Policy Studies will host Texas state Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) and federal, state and local criminal justice leaders to their annual Community Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Whitmire will be the keynote speaker for the breakfast. He is the chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, where he works to bring changes to the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.

With more than 30 years of service in the Texas Senate, Whitmire ranks first in seniority as the dean of the senate. He is an acting member of the Senate Administration Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Business and Commerce Committee.

"The College of Public Policy is committed to engaging the public in dialogues about the challenges that face our community," said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the College of Public Policy. "Sen. Whitmire has been a leader in criminal justice reform. We are glad to have him guide our discussions about how academe and practitioners in the community can work together."

In its fifth year, the Department of Criminal Justice Community Breakfast brings together members of its faculty and the criminal justice community to exchange innovative ideas in their field. Invited officials and agencies represent police departments, sheriff offices, probation offices, courts, social service organizations, utilities, transit groups, school districts, faith-based initiatives and more.

"The community breakfast is about two-way communication between our university and the community," said Richard Hartley, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice in the UTSA College of Public Policy. "Agency and community leaders learn about the ongoing research projects happening at UTSA, while our faculty gain valuable insight into community needs and ideas for future research. It's a win-win situation for all involved parties."

Roger Enriquez, director of the Center for Policy Studies, said the breakfast has consistently benefited the criminal justice community and the college. "The exchange of ideas at the annual breakfast has proven invaluable to the growth of criminal justice knowledge among our peers in the field," he said. "We are continually working to find innovations in the academic and practical approaches to the criminal justice system."

The UTSA Department of Criminal Justice provides justice education, research and service to students, practitioners, policymakers and the community. It strives to create an intellectually challenging environment that promotes collegiality and instills the highest level of ethical standards in the pursuit of informed justice policy and practice.

For more information, visit the UTSA Department of Criminal Justice website.