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Virtual SJCC: Defunding Police: What Does that Really Mean?

September 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecture series continues with the latest conversation “Defunding Police: What Does That Really Mean?” Speaker Ron Hallman will focus this talk on the competing and conflicting notions of Defunding Police and Reforming Police. What is realistic and where do we go from here?

Free, however, space is limited and registration is required. Register now:

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Since the killing of George Floyd on May 25th there has been a revolution in our country regarding our willingness to no longer tolerate police brutality. The damn burst with Floyd’s death and cities large and small across the United States are wrestling with what to do about policing. Defunding police has been the mantra of many protests. What exactly does that mean? Do we replace police departments with other agencies or do we encourage serious police reform by threatening budget cuts? What can be done to end police brutality directed disproportionately towards people of color? Can police departments actually be reformed in a meaningful sense? This talk will focus on the competing and conflicting notions of Defunding Police and Reforming Police. What is realistic and where do we go from here?

Speaker Bio:
Ronald Hallman taught Criminal Justice for 32 years at Genesee Community College, State University of New York at Brockport, and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester N.Y., where he Chaired the Department of Criminal Justice.  He has a Master’s Degree in Police Science and Administration from Washington State University. His principle teaching interests are in Restorative Justice, Issues in Policing, Corrections, and Judicial Systems.  Previous to the majority of his teaching experience Mr. Hallman served in two Sheriff’s Department’s in Western New York State.  He was Undersheriff of the Genesee County Sheriff’s department from 1981 to 1988, where he, among other duties, oversaw the operation of the County Jail.  Mr. Hallman served for six years as a Regional Vice-President of the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State.  He has been teaching in the Osher Program since 2015.