WSU Common Reading Welcomes Faith Lutze to Discuss Whether Prisons Right Wrongs

PULLMAN, Wash.—Do American prisons accomplish the goal of achieving justice? Faith Lutze, Washington State University associate professor of criminal justice, will explore “Perceptions of Justice: The Power of Prisons to Right a Wrong” in a Common Reading Program presentation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in Smith CUE 203.

“Our guest will explore how prisons in the United States are used to punish those deemed to have intentionally “wronged” another through the commission of a crime—so wrong that the person should be forcibly removed from society,” says Karen Weathermon, co-director of the Common Reading. “Throughout the presentation she will explore how prisons are used to ‘right a wrong’ and whether our perceptions of justice are accurate.”

Lutze joined the WSU in 1995 and became an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2001. She was also affiliate faculty in Women Studies and American Studies. Her current research is on community corrections, prisoner reentry, and homelessness; juvenile, adult, and family treatment drug courts; gender and justice in the correction of offenders; inter-communal violence prevention; and militarism and masculinity in criminal justice.

In 2013, she received a WSU President’s Award for Leadership in 2013 in recognition of her dedication to engagement and leadership development and was named the Criminal Justice Professor of the Year by Alpha Pi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society at WSU. She is an advisory board member for the Center for Civic Engagement

Beyond WSU she is a founding member of the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She serves on the advisory boards of the National Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and on the Washington State Center for Court Research.

She earned her B.A. at Saginaw Valley State College and her M.S. at the University of Cincinnati, both in criminal justice. Her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University is in administration of justice.

The common reading book used in first-year and other classes this year is Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, by Kathryn Schulz. The presentation by Lutze is one of about 20 faculty and guest expert lectures hosted by the Common Reading Program, which is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education at WSU.


March 3, 2014

CONTACT: Karen Weathermon, Co-Director, Common Reading Program, Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488,

Beverly Makhani, Director, Communications, Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,