William Bratton

William Bratton

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Baker Peace Conference to examine crime and punishment

Former New York and Los Angeles police chief to deliver keynote


The 2012 Baker Peace Conference, with its theme "Crime and Punishment: Security Domestic Tranquility in the 21st Century" will explore modern policing, the war on drugs and the American penal system, March 29-30.

The free conference will examine how U.S. police and legal authorities deal with law enforcement and crime in the new century, and the methods they should strive toward.

William J. Bratton, former chief of police for New York City (under former mayor Rudy Guiliani) and Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Baker University Center Theatre.  

Bratton, who is currently the chairman of Kroll, the world's leading risk consulting company, is an expert in security, counterterrorism, law enforcement and rule of law justice systems.

On Friday in Baker University Center rooms 240/242, three panel discussions will discuss crime and punishment issues in Baker University Center. These include:

Punishments and Penalties, 10 a.m.
Panelists: Robert Blecker, New York Law School; Ernest Drucker, City University of New York; Angela Hawken, Pepperdine University.

Law Enforcement, Policing and Security, 1 p.m.
Panelists: Radley Balko, Huffington Post; John Eck, University of Cincinnati; Heather MacDonald, Manhattan Institute.

The Drug Wars, 3 p.m.
Panelists: Andrew Golub, National Development and Research Institutes; William Healy, North Coast Polytechnic Institute; Mark Kleiman, University of California at Los Angeles.

The conference will close with a screening of the documentary "Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead" at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

The Contemporary History Institute annually hosts the Baker Peace Conference to analyze how peace can be established and maintained throughout the world. Established in 1984, the conference is funded by the John and Elizabeth Baker Peace Studies Endowment, which was established by the late Ohio University president emeritus and his wife.

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