Continuing Education and Professional Training

Continuing Education and Professional Training

Offering a variety of opportunities throughout the year.

Questions? Contact us by email: Jonathan Bechtol or Nicole Moses

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Roots of Injustice: The Structural Sources of America’s Penal State

A continuing education event featuring David Garland

Online Webinar - May 22, 2020, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

Register for free

Last summer, America’s national headlines were full of strikingly radical critiques of criminal justice: people all across the US demanded that authorities should “end mass incarceration,” “defund the police,” “make Black lives matter.” Millions of Americans took to the streets to demand change. And for many criminal justice activists, it seemed to mark a turning point – a moment when the injustices they witnessed every day were being acknowledged by the American public and viewed as intolerable. But for most of the prior 50 years, a very different politics prevailed: A ‘law and order’ politics that focused not on the problem of excessive policing and punishment but on the exact opposite – the problem of high rates of crime and the urgent need to protect the public against violent predators.

In this talk, Professor Garland will explain the distinctive social structures that underpin both of these historical moments, showing how America’s political economy and welfare state generate criminal violence and related social problems while limiting the range of policy responses available to deal with them. America’s exceptional levels of violence and racialized penal control are shown to be two sides of the same social condition: deep inequality and a lack of social solidarity. Welfare state institutions, when they are universalistic and egalitarian, supply these vital social bonds. They provide citizens with security, they form interests in common, they build mutual trust, and they promote the “public interest” – in contrast to meritocracy and competitive markets which do precisely the opposite. By repeatedly choosing the market over the social state, America’s elites have enriched themselves while simultaneously reinforcing insecurity, inequality, resentments, and mutual distrust. The result is a nation that is able to embrace mass incarceration because millions of its own citizens are, in fact, distrusted and despised by majority sentiment

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Free | Suggested Donation $10 - 50

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Past Continuing Education and Professional Training

A sampling of our past events

The Death Penalty in the Age of Data, Science, and Abolition

Online Webinar - May 22, 2020, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST


Featured Speakers:

Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking

Kirk Bloodsworth, Death Row Exoneree and Executive Director Witness to Innocence

Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney

Additional Speakers from the Washington Innocence Project, Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice and School of Law, University of Washington Law, Societies & Justice, and Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty.

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Speaker and Organization Websites:

Sister Helen Prejean
Witness to Innocence
Washington Innocence Project


Agenda Instruction Bio (pdf)
Agenda Instruction Bio (docx)


Washington Innocence Project
Defending Capital Cases
Death Penalty Research from Washington State - Dr. Heather Evans


Social Media and Crime

Dr. Mary O'TooleDr. Ray SurretteJune 1, 2018, 8:30-4:30 p.m.

Student Center, Room 130

Annual all-day continuing education event focusing on social media and crime. Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole and Dr. Ray Surrete. examine the role of social media in crime with focus on performance crime, copycat crime, the use of social media by domestic and international terrorists, and other topics.

Fair and Impartial Criminal Justice Practice: A Science Based Approach

April 30, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Student Center, Room 160

Featuring Dr. Lorie Fridell, Police Executive Research Director and author of Producing Bias-Free Policing: A Science-Based Approach. Opportunity to network with fellow students and criminal justice professionals, while earning eight hours of continuing education credit. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

4th Annual Criminal Justice Leadership Institute: Building Internal Research

August 12, 2016; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Seattle University, Student Center 210

Large justice agencies may have the luxury of having their own full-time research/ analysis unit that can be tasked with administrative analyses, but there are many more mid-sized and smaller justice agencies that still have questions about whether they are doing works, or whether it is working as intended. How can we build the internal research capacity of these mid-sized and smaller agencies so that they can answer these important questions?