For as long as humans have lived together in tribes and communities, they have dealt with crime. Though what’s considered a crime – and how it’s punished – has changed and continues to change with time, its presence is felt in every society around the world. Learn more about crime – its causes, effects and possible deterrents – and punishment at your library throughout the month of May. Programs are free and open to all, no registration is required.
Central Oregon CSI
Real crime scene investigation is much more than something that can be done in the hour-long window of a television drama – it can be tedious and requires extensive training, large amounts of time and an abundant amount of patience. Bend Police Officer Canyon Davis talks about documenting the crime scene, how evidence is collected and more.
• Saturday, May 2, 3pm • Downtown Bend Library • 601 NW Wall Street, Bend
From Incarceration to Release
Marissa Wilson, transition coordinator and public information officer at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras, will provide a look at the incarceration experience from intake through release.
• Tuesday, May 5, 12pm • Sisters Library • 110 N Cedar Street, Sisters
• Sunday, May 17, 2pm • Downtown Bend Library • 601 NW Wall Street, Bend
A New but Old Way to Approach Discipline in Schools
Restorative Justice has been recognized as a powerful and healing alternative to punitive systems of punishment. Find out about how a growing number of schools are adopting it as the primary disciplinary approach.
• Thursday, May 7, 6pm • East Bend Library • 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend
• Tuesday, May 12, 6pm • Redmond Library • 827 SW Deschutes Avenue, Redmond
Curl Up with Crime
Are you looking for your next crime read, or perhaps want to try detective fiction for the first time? Community librarians Jenny and Liisa explore true crime and crime-focused fiction (legal thrillers).
• Tuesday, May 19, 6pm • Redmond Library • 827 SW Deschutes Avenue, Redmond
• Thursday, May 21, 6pm • East Bend Library • 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend
Oregon Innocence Project
The Oregon Innocence Project is dedicated to securing the release of those who have been wrongfully convicted in Oregon and works for comprehensive reform. Find out what they are doing to right the wrongs of our criminal justice system.
• Wednesday, May 20, 6pm • Downtown Bend Library • 601 NW Wall Street, Bend
It’s Not Easy Being a Hero
The Bystander Effect & Heroism
Explore the different aspects of heroism – why some people choose to intervene while others avoid those in need of help. COCC psychology professor Andria Woodell provides insight on the simple mechanisms that prevent action and how to break this influence when necessary.
• Tuesday, May 26, 6pm • Downtown Bend Library • 601 NW Wall Street, Bend
Cranial Injuries & Criminals
Understanding Brain Function through Mishaps & Mayhem
Using famous cases like John Hinkley, Jr., as illustrations, COCC psychology professor Rebecca Walker-Sands explores brain anatomy and physiology and how damage to the brain contributes to maladaptive behavior.
• Wednesday, May 27, 6pm • Downtown Bend Library • 601 NW Wall Street, Bend