21st Conference on the Small City and Regional Community

Criminal Justice in the Small City

When: Oct. 19-20, 2016
Where: Winona State University

The 21st Small Cities Conference will be held at Winona State University to discuss key issues in criminal justice for small cities. The event is co-organized by the Winona State University Department of Sociology and the Center for the Small City at UW-Stevens Point.

Arrival and Parking at the Conference

  • Check in at the Registration Table upon arrival to receive your conference materials.
  • Registration is Wednesday from 5-5:50pm in Kryzsko Commons East Hall and Thursday from 8:30-9:30am in the SLC atrium.
  • If you need to check in later in the day on Thursday, the Registration Table will be outside rooms 247-249 in Kryzsko Commons.
  • Campus parking lots are by permit only between 8am-5pm.

Campus Map (PDF)

Register today!

Free conference registration!

Preliminary Program (PDF)

“Corrections and the Small City: Practices, Challenges, and the De-privatization of Prisons”

John Shook, MPA

Professor Shook is Assistant Professor and Head of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Dubuque. He received his Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University in Administration of Justice in 1980, and his Master of Public Administration from Ohio State University in 1982. His career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons spanned 29 years and nine duty stations, beginning as a correctional officer at the Metropolitan Correction Center in Chicago, IL in 1982. During his career, he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including Associate Warden positions at the Federal Correctional Institution of Oxford, WI (located in central Wisconsin) from 2001 to 2008, and, most recently, at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth, KS from 2008 to 2011. He has been at the University of Dubuque since 2011, a position preceded by an assistant professorship at Waldorf College, where he served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration.

“In/Complete Trust: Building Community Trust in Law Enforcement.”

Chief of Police Susan Riseling, UW-Madison Police Department

Chief Riseling earned her criminal justice degree from the University of Maryland – College Park in 1982, and began her career in law enforcement as their Manager of Security for Residence Life.  She then went on to serve with the SUNY-Stony Brook Police Department before coming to Madison, WI.  She has been the Chief of Police at UW-Madison since 1991, and is considered an expert in active shooter prevention, crowd management, date and acquaintance rape.  She served four years as Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, overseeing committees on Homeland Security, Organized Crime, Terrorism, Juvenile Justice, and Police Research, and was the first woman to serve as President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.  Her book, A View from the Interior: Policing the Protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol, was released in 2013.

Online conference registration is now open.

The conference has two blocks of hotels rooms. Call to make a reservation and provide the block code.

Plaza Hotel

Two Queens or One King plus pullout $129.99 plus tax; 507-453-0303, block code CJCS.

Holiday Inn Express

Two Queens $118.99 plus tax; 507-474-1700, block code CSC.

On-campus Housing

On-campus housing is available for a very low cost ($30 or less) and can be reserved in the online registration program.

On-campus housing is free for individuals giving a presentation at the conference. Please email Blandine Berthelot at BBerthelot@winona.edu to reserve complimentary housing.