History of MACJE
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE) was officially formed at a conference at Fitchburg State University in January 2013. A forum at the 2012 Conference at Massasoit Community College served as the impetus for moving the association from concept to fruition.
The consensus felt that the idea had merit in Massachusetts given the demise of the Quinn Bill and possible successor program. It was also felt that membership could provide a voice to policy makers, and help to advance the mission of CJ education. The group can provide an educated voice to the issues of in-service training for police and corrections, discuss the unique issues in CJ Ed and the need for a ratio of FT educators to adjuncts.
The suggestion was made that some meetings could be handled through video-conferences. In addition, some involvement of students was considered, which may be beneficial.
In January 2013, at the Fitchburg State University MACJE Conference, the Police Chiefs of Fitchburg and Brookline presented on a panel representing the Massachusetts Major Cities Chiefs Association. They discussed their attempts to raise the entry level standards of police applicants to require at least an Associate Degree. MACJE has agreed to assist in lobbying the legislature to consider this change in Civil Service policy and procedure.
In January 2013, elections were held and Pat Faiella of Massasoit Community College was elected as the first Charter MACJE President, Marcel Beausoliel of Fitchburg State University was elected as 1st Vice President, Steve Morreale of Worcester State University was elected as 2nd Vice President of MACJE, Dawn Couture, Dean College was elected as Treasurer, and Allison McDowell-Smith of Northcentral University was elected as Secretary.
Vision of MACJE
MACJE is a statewide organization dedicated to the unique professional and advocacy concerns of criminal justice educators, students, practitioners and professionals in fields related to criminal justice. The organization is focused on improving the dialogue between Criminal Justice Educators, Criminal Justice practitioners, and bridging the gap between academics and practitioners. The inclusion of Criminal Justice students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, will serve to improve communication and allow for an outlet to share student research. The Association holds conferences, general membership meetings, along with regional roundtables, and training opportunities.
Mission of MACJE
The mission of MACJE is to foster collegiality, collaboration, sharing, and advancement of criminal justice education and practice through advocacy, education, leadership, research, training, and practice in criminal justice and related fields. MACJE fosters cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among practitioners and educators, as well as sharing between criminal justice students across Massachusetts.
The mission of MACJE membership is to provide an informed, powerful, cohesive voice to influence state legislation, policies and funding and to provide opportunities for professional support, collegiality, and strategic leadership for the continuous improvement of criminal justice education and practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The mission of MACJE shall be to:
Develop collaborative relationships with educators, practitioners and students in criminal justice and related fields to explore common interests;
Promote the diversity of criminal justice educators, practitioners and students and the communities in which they live and practice.
Initiate, influence and advocate for legislation and public policy consistent with the mission of MACJE;
Provide for quality in criminal justice practice and education by promoting high standards of knowledge in criminal justice and related fields, ethics, integrity, community interaction, and professional conduct;
Encourage development of criminal justice knowledge and practices through research and evidence based practices in criminal justice and related fields; and
Develop and advocate for initiatives that support the continuing education and professional development of educators and practitioners.