KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney is hosting its 32nd annual criminal justice conference on Monday.
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ponderosa Hall of the Nebraskan Student Union, the event features two keynote speakers and a career fair with approximately 30 agencies represented. It’s free and open to the public.
This year’s speakers are Danny Madrid, doctoral student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Bobby Payne, senior chaplain of the Kearney / Buffalo County Chaplain Corps.
Originally from Los Angeles, Madrid is a lecturer in the sociology department of California State University, Dominguez Hills and California State University, Los Angeles.
His research interests include gangs, juvenile delinquency, and understanding the experiences of young people involved in the criminal justice system. Her dissertation research is an ethnographic analysis of a longtime graffiti team in Los Angeles. The fieldwork consists of interviews with graffiti artists to gather their opinions on street art and the gentrification process in Los Angeles.
At California State University, Madrid was the coordinator of the Project Rebound program, which helps formerly incarcerated people obtain degrees. He has also worked with young offenders at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility as part of the Transformation Project and has led various art workshops with incarcerated youth in California.