Professor Helping Criminal Justice Students Explore a Key Question: Can People Change?: The College at Brockport

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Professor Helping Criminal Justice Students Explore a Key Question: Can People Change?

By taking on behavior change themselves, students in Ingrid McGuffog’s community corrections class gain empathy for those struggling to change their lives.

According to the National Institute of Justice, the most recent figures on recidivism show that, within five years of being released, nearly 75% of people who were incarcerated are rearrested. “The prison population has skyrocketed over the last 40 years, and recidivism is a fundamental problem,” says Ingrid McGuffog, PhD, an assistant professor of criminal justice at The College at Brockport, SUNY.

That is why, at the heart of her course Community-Based Corrections, is one compelling question: Can people change?

The question of change is not simply a philosophical one. What sets McGuffog apart may be the fact that she sees a more humane and informed community and profession that works with returning citizens as crucial to helping bring recidivism rates down. Her teaching philosophy and style reflects this belief. Follow the link to read the feature article.

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Ingrid MucGuffog, imcguffog@brockport.edu

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