Criminal justice system expert Ann Jacobs will deliver the 24th annual Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics at noon Friday (Feb. 3) in the Marilyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law.
Jacobs will examine prisoner reentry into society through the lens of justice and poverty.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A reception will follow the lecture.
Jacobs is the director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Founded in 2005, PRI aims to improve prisoner reintegration into society through policy advocacy, direct service practice, and collaborative partnerships.
For nearly two decades, Jacobs was executive director of the Women’s Prison Association in New York, the nation’s oldest and largest advocacy organization for currently and formerly incarcerated women and their families.
The Charles L. Ihlenfeld (1908-89) Lecture annually brings to the WVU College of Law distinguished speakers in public service and ethics. A prominent lawyer for 56 years and a former mayor of Wheeling, Ihlenfeld devoted much of his life to public service.
The Ihlenfeld lectures, established in his memory, honor a life and career marked by significant contributions to the practice of law, to the legal profession, and to civic affairs of his state and community.
James Jolly, College of Law
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