CJAG’s first blog post

This is the post excerpt.

Welcome to the all new Criminal Justice Association of Georgia (CJAG) site and our blog.  Here we hope to post information of importance to criminal justice faculty, students and professionals in Georgia.

For the moment, please mark your calendars for our 2017 conference, Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13, at Valdosta State University.  You can find information about the conference under the Conference link.  Our preferred hotel is the Drury Inn and Suites Valdosta.

You can also find us on Facebook.  Please visit us there and like us!

Criminal Justice

2018 and 2019 Conferences Announced

A very well attended and successful 2017 CJAG conference is now in the books. We hosted our first ever Peace Officers Standards and Training Council accredited training Thursday morning. Thursday’s educational session concluded with an outstanding keynote address from Brian Owens of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, and was followed by three separate social events. On Friday we continued with excellent presentations and the South Georgia premiere of the documentary “Released” and a panel discussion chaired by “Pete” Peterman, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Thanks to all the good folks at Valdosta State University for hosting the conference. Kudos to Neal McIntyre for his service as program chair.

We will be back at Valdosta State University on Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, 2018 for our next conference.

In 2019, we will be at Coastal College of Georgia in Brunswick on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11.

Mark your calendars for both events!

2017 Conference Program Now Online

Our 2017 Conference program (Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13, 2017 at Valdosta State University) is now online here at the CJAG website.  See the program at

The conference agenda is quite full, beginning with parallel programs on Thursday.  For law enforcement officers we have two two-hour P.O.S.T. accredited sessions, while for CJAG members there will be a Board meeting, Board of Regents update and the full CJAG membership meeting.  Following lunch, we begin our panel presentations.  Late on Thursday, Brian Owens of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles will be our keynote speaker.

Be certain to attend the social events on Thursday, both on campus and at our preferred hotel, the Drury Inn and Suites-Valdosta.  We will begin the social portion of the conference on campus, thanks to the kindess of our University hosts.  Then, there will be a “kick back” hour at the hotel, followed by a casual party at the hotel hosted by CJAG President, Michael Shapiro.

Friday morning we return to Valdosta State University’s campus for more conference presentations.  At lunchtime, Pearson will be hosting a “lunch and learn” about their REVEL product.  We will wrap up the conference with afternoon presentations and the South Georgia premiere of the documentary “Released“.  Our colleagues from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia will assist us with a panel presentation as the documentary ends, featuring some of the people from the movie.

This clearly is a conference you do not want to miss.  Hope to see you next Thursday and Friday at Valdosta State University.


Tick Tock, Tick Tock

Nineteen days and counting. Will you be in Valdosta for the 2017 Criminal Justice Association of Georgia conference? Guaranteed it will be our best ever with POST training Thursday morning, a wide variety of speakers Thursday afternoon and all day Friday, Brian Owens’ keynote late Thursday, social events and the South Georgia premiere of “Released” Friday at 3:00. Hope to see you there!

2017 CJAG Conference, October 12-13, 2017 @ Valdosta State University

Pre-registration for the 2017 conference may be over but it’s not too late to register and join us on Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13 at Valdosta State University. Visit the Conference page ( here at to register.  Faculty and professional conference registration is now $110, while student conference fees remain a very modest $25.

With the storm last week we’ve extended the presentation abstract submission deadline by a few days, but please don’t delay in uploading your abstract to the site. There are only a few spots remaining. Submit your one paragraph abstract using this link:

We’ve got a full agenda (2017 Preliminary CJAG Schedule Revised3) ahead including:

  • a four hour P.O.S.T. training event from  9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12
  • a keynote speech by State Board of Pardons and Parole member, and former Department of Corrections Commissioner, Brian Owens on Thursday afternoon
  • social events on campus immediately following Thursday’s conference, and later at our preferred hotel, the Drury Inn and Suites-Valdosta
  • a special showing of the new documentary “Released” (see the Released Flyer) followed by a panel discussion of those depicted in the movie on Friday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m.

We hope to see you all in Valdosta in less than one month for our best conference ever!

A New Website Emerges

Heartfelt thanks to our Treasurer, R. Neal McIntyre, his lovely bride, Selena, and Zoe Salloom of Georgia State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, for their tremendous efforts this summer crafting and fine-tuning our new website.  Their countless hours of diligent work have created an Internet presence that is both attractive and easy to navigate.  We hope that you will visit the site often.

While we will continue to maintain our Facebook site ( and hope that you will “like” and “friend” that location, the new website will host information about the Association in general, membership, conferences, “The Pursuit” journal and much, much more.

Please take a tour of the site at your convenience.  If you are interested in presenting at the October 12-13, 2017 CJAG Conference, there’s a page to submit your proposal.  If you would like to submit a manuscript for consideration by the editorial staff of “The Pursuit” journal, or perhaps become a manuscript reviewer, you will find pages covering  both of those opportunities.

This is YOUR Association and we welcome your thoughts and participation.

“The Pursuit”

Many years ago, Dr. Fred Knowles of Valdosta State University, a long-time Criminal Justice Association of Georgia member, suggested the idea of a journal.  Fred has championed the idea ever since, gently prodding the Association’s leadership to create and publish a periodical of timely and germane criminal justice- and pedagogical-related material.  Thanks, in no small part, to the efforts of Dr. Steven Hougland, late of Bainbridge State College and now on the faculty of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) as the result of the merger of those two institutions, the Association’s journal, “The Pursuit,” is nearly ready for publication.

The inaugural issue will feature articles on three separate topics spanning education, a presidential assassination and the development of critical Supreme Court case law.  Today, we give thanks to Drs. Knowles and Hougland, as well as the the many authors who tendered manuscripts for consideration, and to the faculty who participated in reviewing and critiquing those submissions.

We encourage our membership,. faculty, students and criminal justice professionals alike, to consider writing and submitting manuscripts for future issues of “The Pursuit”.  We have created a Manuscript Submission Form for this purpose.  We also ask that our members interested in becoming reviewers \indicate their willingness by completing the Peer Reviewer Request Form.

Judge Alex Kozinski

In 2015, Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals authored an article “Criminal Law 2.0” debunking some of the “myths” about the workings of the American legal system.  While it has been two years since Judge Kozinski wrote the article, it is still timely.