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February 25, 2010

ULM professor conducts workshops in Thailand

Dr. Attapol Kuanliang, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was invited to conduct workshops this past month at the Thailand Ministry of Justice’s Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection in Bangkok. Kuanliang previously acted as a consultant for the department and is a member of the advisory board of the Thailand Juvenile Justice Reform Project.

“One of the highlights of this trip was a workshop on the juvenile justice system. During this workshop, I had the opportunity to present on issues associated with juvenile justice reform from the past, present and future,” Kuanliang said. “Participants included juvenile court judges and supervisors in the juvenile justice system from around the country and was chaired by the Minister of Justice, Phraphan Saliratwiphak.”

While there, Kuanliang was invited to a conference at the Office of Justice Affairs to discuss drug policies in Thailand with Her Royal Highness Princess Bajra Kitiyabha, Office of Justice Affairs Director Vitaya Suriyawong and various Thai officials, as well as students and professors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Kuanliang is also the co-principal investigator in research titled “The return on investment of budget management on drug policy” which is funded by the Justice Ministry’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board.

“I am both honored and grateful to have had this opportunity to represent the University of Louisiana at Monroe and to exchange knowledge and ideas with Thai officials,” Kuanliang said.

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