Pa. correctional officers donate $5K to criminal justice majors

COs participated in Eric Williams Race for Justice and recorded the fastest times, earning the ability to donate to a place of their choice


By C1 Staff

MANSFIELD, Pa. — Correctional officers from the U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg donated money to the Mansfield University Foundation to support scholarships for criminal justice majors.

The four men participated in the Eric Williams Race for Justice held earlier in the year and recorded the fastest times, the Daily Item reports. This allowed them to designate where their “winnings” would be donated.

From left are CJA Chair Josh Battin and MU President Fran Hendericks, with Derek Waighen, Douglas Maiorana, Brandon Pealerm, Jason Finck and Shawn Bartlett from US Penitentiary at Lewisburg.

The officers are not alumni of the university, nor do they have any other connection, but instead felt that the quality of the criminal justice program was a worthwhile investment.

Officers Derek Waighen, Douglas Maiorana, Brandon Pealerm, Jason Finck and Executive Assistant/Camp Administrator Shawn Bartlett visited the university’s campus July 16 to present the donation to MU President Fran Hendricsk and CJA Department Chair Josh Battin.

“On behalf of our entire university and the students who will benefit from this, thank you every much,” MU President Fran Hendricks said. “We’re very excited about young men and women we’re producing that go into important careers in policing and corrections.”

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