Staff from the United State Penitentiary Leavenworth (Kan.), with assistance from Park University faculty and students in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, will host a re-entry simulation on Tuesday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University’s Park Distance Learning Conference Center, located within the Parkville Commercial Underground. Members of the media are invited to view the simulation. (NOTE: The event is not open to the public.)
The exercise, which will be conducted with Park students preparing to become future criminal justice professionals, allows future stakeholders to gain an understanding of the obstacles offenders often face upon release from a term of incarceration. During the simulation, participants will be assigned the identity of a fictional offender and navigate through a series of events in an effort to successfully reintegrate into the community. Following the simulation, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts on the exercise, if they believe they were successful, how they could have improved their chances at success and what they felt was beyond their control. Additionally, the students will be able to ask questions about the criminal justice field from the variety of professionals in attendance.