John Paitakes, Ph.D., emeritus professor of criminal justice, has been invited to present his book 50 Years Working in Criminal Justice at [words] Bookstore's "Local Author Day" on Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m.
Paitakes worked as a probation officer for nearly 30 years, eventually rising to the position of Vicinage Assistant Chief Probation Officer for the Somerset County Courts. After retiring in 1996, Paitakes became a professor of criminal justice to share his experiences and knowledge with those looking to enter the discipline. Throughout his 20 years as a professor, Paitakes has taught a myriad of criminal justice classes, each focusing on varying topics within the field.
Paitakes' expertise is primarily in probation, parole, corrections and juvenile delinquency. In addition to his work for the University, Paitakes serves a role on the New Jersey State Parole Board, having been appointed to two terms. Paitakes has written several articles on contemporary criminal justice issues and been retained as an expert for several publications and media outlets including Fox News, The New York Times, Ebru TV, Christian Science Monitor, Voice of America, Star-Ledger, New Jersey Cops, Philly.com and Jersey Journal.
50 Years Working in Criminal Justice offers an abundance of valuable and practical tips on how to secure a career and succeed in the increasingly popular field of criminal justice. In his book, Paitakes shares his personal experiences, successes and lessons learned during his 50 years of working in and with the industry.
"50 Years Working in Criminal Justice is the story of my experiences as both an officer and professor," said Paitakes. "I hope that my book can teach the lessons I have learned over the course of two careers to those who plan to enter the criminal justice field."
Maplewood's [words] Bookstore is a local, independent bookstore located at 179 Maplewood Ave. The store is dedicated to the families within the neighborhood who have a member with a developmental disability. Its mission is to promote the inclusion of disabled customers and employees with the goal of creating a model community. The independent bookstore will be hosting its annual "Local Author's Day" in celebration of the works that authors from the Maplewood area and other surrounding towns have created. The Seton Hall community is invited to attend the event from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.