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ULM criminal justice faculty host roundtable

Published September 5, 2013

Dr.  Attapol Kuanliang, associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Robert  Hanser, coordinator of the Department of Criminal Justice and associate director of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently presented on issues related to corrections in Budapest, Hungary at the 23rd Annual Conference for the International Police  Executive Symposium (IPES).

Photo of Attapol Kuanliang
Photo of Dr. Robert Hanser

Hanser said of his experience,  “I enjoyed  the opportunity to work with practitioners in a variety of contexts related to  the criminal justice field. There were 39 different nations represented at this  conference and I made contacts in at least 12 different nations. These types of  contacts become friends over time and some of them were colleagues from my past  years of travel and study.”

Hanser,  Director of the Institute of Law Enforcement, presented on issues related to  corrections in the United States, and more specifically, Louisiana.

Kuanliang  exposed issues of corrections in Thailand as compared to those in the United  States.

The  Governor of Heves County Remand Prison, in Hungary, also served on this  roundtable discussion.

Kuanliang  shared Hanser’s sentiment of his time in Budapest.

He stated, “The IPES gave me  a very unique opportunity to not only connect with my colleagues around the  world, but to share new techniques, knowledge and challenges in criminal  justice system. I was very delighted to be able to represent ULM in this  international stage.”

In  his paper, “Using Local Law Enforcement to enhance Immigration Law in the United  States: A Legal Analysis,” Hanser discussed the assimilation of local, rather  than federal, law enforcement in immigration issues on a local and global  scale.

Hanser also explained how his experience  transfers to ULM through his teaching.

“Currently, I teach a course called  Comparative Criminal Justice which examines criminal justice processes around  the world, and these same colleagues also offer opportunities in my  classroom, providing contacts for students and even, at times, making  themselves available to students in our graduate program."

The  internationalPolice Executive Symposium (IPES) works to bridge together  practitioners and academics to further cross-cultural and multinational  exchanges in research and policy formation.

The organization consultative  status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and  has members around the world who are active in the business of the  organization.

Hanser  received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University along  with a Master of Science in Psychology from ULM.

Hanser also received a  Doctorate of Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Hanser joined  the ULM faculty in 2003.

Kuanliang received a Master of Arts in Criminal  Justice and Master of Science in Psychology from ULM as well as a Doctorate of  Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University.

He has been a member  of the ULM faculty since 2007.