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Since 1995, we have organized annual programs for criminal justice students, other students, and the general public, consisting of an afternoon or evening event with a speaker or speakers from off-campus dealing with a timely criminal justice topic. The Criminal Justice Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice program and the Criminal Justice Students’ Association. Previous program topics include to the OKC bombing, Truth-in-Sentencing, and Oklahoma’s Self-Defense Act. The Director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, a former SWOSU student, was a featured speaker. Examples of other recent programs include a presentation on drugs and crime, including a speaker from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and a reformed drug dealer. Another program dealt with the postal inspection service. Additionally, a program involved a presentation on “Forensics and the Law in Oklahoma.” Previous programs have dealt with statutory rape and its effect on college students.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in these and other formal, outside-class learning experiences, such as Law Day and political science programs. We typically co-sponsor programs with political science. Such recent programs have included numerous officials, such as the US Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Treasurer, Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector, and a representative from the Central Intelligence Agency.