The Carroll flag has been spotted in the Republic of Georgia!
Dr. Larry Ashlock, Fellow and Director of the DMin Program at Carroll Institute, was invited by representatives from the State Department in the US Embassy in the city of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, to present a paper at a regional conference on ethics in leadership. Dr. Ashlock’s presentation was entitled “Jean Valjean and Ethical Leadership.” The conference, held September 7–8, was entitled “Achievements and Challenges of the Probation System in Georgia.”
Georgia’s Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance, with funding provided by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section, hosted the conference which brought together 80 participants from the Georgia government and representatives in civil society from other countries to discuss best practices in probation
Georgia became a democracy about 20 years ago and has turned greater attention to bringing reform throughout their government, including their criminal justice system. In particular, the participants shared experiences and talked about lessons learned in the use of halfway houses in Europe and the United States as an alternative to incarceration and as an effective tool to reintegrate recently released prisoners back into society.
The National Probation Agency is preparing to open Georgia’s first Limited Liberty Center/Halfway House later this year. Dr. Ashlock is shown in the picture touring the Center/Halfway House with probation officials and experts from other countries who also participated in the conference, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, Ukraine, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Preliminary plans have been made for Dr. Ashlock to return next year to Georgia to teach ethics and leadership to supervisors throughout their probation system.