Classes begin today and already student activities and academic departments are hard at work.
Washburn's student chapter of the Kansas Correctional Association is working with the Juvenile Justice Authority Tuesday as it provides training to about 90 people who work in the Kansas juvenile justice system. The training, which will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, will focus on the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
The act, passed in 2003, includes a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual abuse within corrections environments and has special provisions related to juveniles. In the case of young offenders, the provisions of the act apply to "any facility used for the custody or care of juvenile inmates." That means the state's juvenile detention centers, as well as residential treatment facilities and others must adhere to the law. Two representatives from each such facilities in Kansas are expected to attend.
Patricia Dahl, assistant professor of criminal justice and advisor to the Kansas Correctional Association student chapter at Washburn, said the training is "a big step" in ensuring all juvenile facilities in the state are following the same procedures.
"It's pretty important for Kansas and the juvenile justice system here," Dahl said.
And, she said, hosting the training on campus is one way the student group can "establish a relationship with the community."
The club began holding monthly meetings last semester. Its first meeting of this semester will be at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Menninger Conference Room in Benton Hall.
If you're interested in volunteering for Tuesday's training on the Prison Rape Elimination Act, please contact the Washburn KCA student chapter co-presidents.