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MEDIA ADVISORY: Prison Expert to Speak at MU on How to Decrease Growing Prison Populations

March 17th, 2011

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

WHAT: The prison population has increased tremendously over the past 40 years. Thursday, George Lombardi, director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, will speak at the University of Missouri on the state of the prison system and how prison populations can be decreased. Lombardi says programs to prevent reentry to the prison system, school and community programs, and cooperation of state departments will help decrease the prison population in the future.

Lombardi has worked for more than 35 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. He has served as director since January 2009.  He is a past president of the Missouri Corrections Association and has served as an auditor for the Commission of Accreditation for Corrections. He has lectured on criminal justice matters at the American Corrections Association and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

WHO: George Lombardi, director, Missouri Department of Corrections

WHERE: Chambers Auditorium, MU Student Center located on Rollins Street on the MU Campus

(The auditorium is located on the east side of the second floor.),

WHEN: 3:45 p.m., Thursday, March 17

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the MU Center for Family Policy and Research.