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Timothy Roufa

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By January 20, 2014

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Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. had a profound impact on the fate and direction of an entire nation. His message of peace and unity within our society will continue to resonate for generations and, hopefully one day, we will see his dream become more than just words and lofty goals, but reality.

Changing the Criminal Justice Industry

In criminal justice and criminology, Dr. King's generation served as the catalyst to change how business is done. Since his time, those within and without the law enforcement community constantly evaluate how prisoners, victims and suspects alike are treated to ensure that basic fairness and a respect for all mankind are upheld no matter the crime or the person.

Of course, we do not always succeed, but Martin Luther King, Jr. and men like him made many of us realize that we must always be looking for a better way and that everyone deserved to be treated not only as we would like to be treated, but as we would wish for those we love to be treated.

Inspired to Respect and Serve Others

As a child, when I first heard of Dr. King, I wondered why his dream had to be a dream in the first place. Why did he have to dream of a day that should have always been a reality? I don't know the answer to that question, and I won't attempt to deal with it here.

Rather, I will say this: I hope that in my career in criminal justice, I have carried out my duties and performed my service to my community in a manner in which Dr. King would not only approve, but be proud, as his words had a tremendous impact on my personal approach not just to my job, but to my community at large.

Honoring Martin Luther King's Dream

Let those of us who work in criminology and criminal justice, and those seeking jobs in criminology, work hard to live up to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King and let us honor his memory and sacrifice not with our words, but with our deeds.

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