Legislator speaks to TVCC Students

Representative Cliff Bentz speaks to students

Criminal justice students at Treasure Valley Community College had the unique opportunity to learn from state Rep.Cliff Bentz of Ontario during class on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Bentz spoke to the students primarily about crime and prison population issues. As an attorney and a legislator, Bentz has a unique perspective on many of these concerns.  During his presentation, Bentz took time to respond to student questions such as "How do you feel about the use of medical parole?" and "What outcome measures does the state consider when looking at funding for corrections?" Rep. Bentz also asked students about their interest in a career in criminal justice and what motivated each to pursue this field.

Bentz, who represents District 60 in the Oregon House of Representatives, and speaks often about finding out from local elected officials and from his constituents what they would like him to do on the important issues before the Legislature. Rep. Bentz spoke to two of the criminal justice classes taught by Kathy Flanders, an adjunct instructor at TVCC.

"I was thrilled when Rep. Bentz agreed to speak to my classes and I am so appreciate of his time and willingness," Flanders said. "I think it is so important that students get to hear directly from legislators about these topics and how the issues we study develop into policies and laws."