‘MTSU On the Record’ tackles criminal justice refo...

‘MTSU On the Record’ tackles criminal justice reform with guest lecturer

The future of criminal justice reform in Tennessee was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Howard Henderson, PERI guest lecturer

Dr. Howard Henderson

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Howard Henderson, a professor of justice administration at Texas Southern University in Houston, first aired Nov. 5 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and You can hear their conversation above.

Henderson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from MTSU, is the founding director of the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University  and chair of the Houston Racial/Ethnic Disparities Committee Data Workgroup.

As part of MTSU’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Henderson spoke Oct. 31 in the McWherter Learning Resources Center on the topic of “Criminal Justice Reform in Tennessee.” He said Tennessee, like other states, is moving away from seeing mass incarceration as the answer to public safety issues.

“The focus has been to deal with individuals on pretrial services but also to deal with individuals on probation and parole,” Henderson said.

“You’re moving individuals out of the state prison system and you’re putting them back out into local communities, and that’s happening all around the country. Tennessee is no different.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.