About Senior Justice
The Senior Justice Center, directed by Dr. David Montague, was founded in 2005 and is located within the UALR Department of Criminal Justice. Senior Justice is one of the only student intern programs in the country that directly addresses crime against the elderly. The Center’s work is primarily focused through the academic year of September through April, allowing the use of student interns to help facilitate activities. The mission of Senior Justice is to address elder crime at the grass roots level and to address policy issues affecting the elderly through completing research, presenting at community seminars and scholarly conferences, serving on boards/commissions and operation of the Senior Justice Center hotline.
The Senior Justice Center has been achieving success since its inception; it has garnered enormous publicity via radio and television from its community-based seminars, where the Director of Senior Justice alongside the student interns present crime information to seniors utilizing a criminal justice training technique involving scenarios to educate and inform seniors how they can avoid being victimized. Among other things, Senior Justice is currently a key influence at the policy level, where it is impacting the “big picture” of society’s effort to address crimes against the elderly; the state legislature’s Arkansas–2020 Study, and the Arkansas Adult Protective Services Task Force are two examples.
The Senior Justice Center is pivotal in educating professionals and future professionals by working with education and service organizations; the Arkansas Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Patrol (Arkansas SMP) and the UALR Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program Committee demonstrate some affiliated organizations that work with the UALR Senior Justice Center.