ASCJ 2022 Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, Nevada
Financed by Title III funds, I attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (AJCS) 2022 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Conference took place from Wednesday, March 16th through Saturday, March 19th. It was a large conference, attended by over 1500 people, covering an entire floor of the Las Vegas Rio Hotel. Of note, the guest speaker was Father Boyle of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles who spoke on reforming members of criminal gangs. I attended sessions from Wednesday through Friday, presenting at 11:00 AM on Wednesday to about 100 attendees.
In my presentation, I argued that the wave of police protests since Ferguson has produced a “future shock” in most Americans that was caused by the failure of the United States to reform racialized criminal justice policies first put in place at the time of the 1965 Civil Rights Act. I continued on to a deeper analysis of race and criminal justice by showing their historical relationship to colonialism. I then discussed how citizens have organized the recent police protests around anti-colonial narratives produced on new cell phone and internet communication technologies. I then discussed how the resulting “future shock” and the recent protests could have been avoided if more people would have listened to Tofler’s 1979 ideas on the future and Lyotard’s 1979 theory on narratives. I closed by showing how both colonialism and narrative theory can be applied to assist the police and lawmakers to resolve issues resulting from the police protests.
Kowaluk, Gary, "ASCJ 2022 Annual Conference Paper" (2022). Title III Professional Development Reports. 38.