About CCS

Center for Correctional Solutions

The Center for Correctional Solutions is made up of faculty and students from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Joining them is an interdisciplinary team from across ASU that has expertise in areas like law enforcement, developmental psychology, and legal decision making. A national affiliate board of experts provides collaboration, support, and guidance on Center projects.


Center Members

Kevin WrightKevin Wright, Director

Kevin Wright is the Director of the Center and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  His work focuses on improving the correctional environment for those working and living in prison and improving the opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to lead successful lives. His published research on these topics has appeared in Justice QuarterlyCriminology & Public Policy, and Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. He developed and taught the first Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program class in the state of Arizona and is a co-founder of the Arizona Transformation Project. He earned his PhD in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 2010.

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Jacob Young, Associate Director

Jacob Young is Associate Director of the Center and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His research examines how the structure of social networks influence behavior across a variety of contexts as well as identifying the mechanisms by which social networks develop and evolve. His published research on these topics has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Social Networks and Journal of Qualitative Criminology.  He is a member of the Prison Inmate Network Studies (PINS), an ongoing, multi-site study of the social networks among male and female inmates and the implications of network position on re-entry. 

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Caitlin Matekel

Caitlin Matekel is a doctoral student and Graduate Research Assistant in the Center. Her research focuses on understanding the experiences of those living and working in prisons to develop meaningful changes that positively impact everyone involved. Caitlin also teaches the Impact of Crime on Victims Class at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence and is a trained Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program instructor. 



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Danielle Haverkate

Danielle Haverkate

Danielle Haverkate is a PhD student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She currently works as the project manager for a community-focused grant aimed at creating an employment program for the women incarcerated at ASPC-Perryville. Her research interests include the collateral consequences of incarceration, developmental and life-course criminology, and stigma. Danielle sees immense value in talking and engaging with the populations that her research serves. 


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Stephanie Morse

Stephanie Morse is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a research associate at the Center. She received her Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from ASU in 2017, completing a thesis examining how hypermasculinity acts as a barrier to rehabilitation during incarceration. Her work focuses on offender rehabilitation and promoting resilience and positive outcomes with correctional populations. Stephanie co-facilitated the Fall 2018 Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and she is broadly committed to making an impact through her work and in mentoring the next generation of scholars. 

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Raven SimondsRaven Simonds

Raven Simonds is a PhD student and graduate research assistant with the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Her research primarily focuses on the consequences of incarceration, with particular attention to how incarceration may impact the formation of social ties across the life course. More broadly, her research interests include criminological theory and quantitative methods.



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Arynn Infante

Arynn Infante is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Broadly, her research interests include race/ethnicity and justice, corrections, and quantitative methods/applications. She is currently working on her dissertation which seeks to evaluate the empirical validity of the minority threat perspective through the development and validation of two multidimensional scales of perceived minority threat. Arynn is also interested in exploring the intersection of race/ethnicity and the incarceration experience. She is currently working on an NIJ grant funded project under Dr. Kevin Wright, which assesses the effects of living and working in maximum security prisons.

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Gen McKenzie

Gen McKenzie

Gen McKenzie is an undergraduate student studying Criminology and Criminal Justice and Psychology. Along with her work for the Center, she also serves as an undergraduate research fellow with the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Gen also helped to organize and host the {Ink}arcerated art shows in May 2017 and August 2019.




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Faith Gifford

Faith Gifford is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Her research interests include legal socialization, legal attitudes, and quantitative methods. Specifically, her work assesses the relationship between negative experiences with both legal and nonlegal authorities and how it impacts individual attitudes and behavior. She is currently working on her dissertation, which is a longitudinal assessment of the effect of child mental and behavioral issues on parenting practices, authority reaction, legal attitudes, and delinquency. Faith joined the Center for Correctional Solutions in May 2018 to assist with the NIJ grant assessing the impact of living and working in restrictive housing on mental health.


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ASU Affiliates

Cody TelepCody Telep

Cody W. Telep is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. His research interests include the impact of police practices on crime and disorder, assessing the relationship between police activities and perceptions of legitimacy, understanding how to advance the use of evidence-based policies and practices in policing and criminal justice, and using experimental methodologies in evaluation research. He is an instructor in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and a member of the Arizona Transformation Project, an Inside-Out think tank. 

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Ashley RandallAshley Randall

Ashley K. Randall is an Associate Professor and Director of Training in Counseling and Counseling Psychology. She obtained her PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Switzerland. Her research expertise includes couples’ stress and interpersonal emotion regulation, and implications for individual and relational well-being.



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Adam FineAdam Fine

Adam D. Fine is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his doctorate, specializing in developmental psychology and quantitative methods, from the University of California, Irvine. A developmental psychologist conducting research at the intersection of psychology, law, public policy, and criminology, Fine’s research broadly focuses on juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice. His current work centers on two areas: how juvenile justice processes affect offending, employment, and education; and how youth develop their perceptions of the law, law enforcement, and the justice system.

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Tess NealTess Neal

Tess Neal is an Assistant Professor of psychology and is a founding faculty member of ASU's Law and Behavioral Science group. Her research is funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, and she has published more than three dozen peer-reviewed publications in such journals as PLOS ONE; American Psychologist; Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; and Criminal Justice and Behavior. She is the recipient of the 2016 Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law, and was named a 2016 "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science. She directs the Clinical and Legal Judgment Lab at ASU.

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Stacia Stolzenberg RooseveltStacia Stolzenberg Roosevelt

Stacia N. Stolzenberg is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 2012 from Claremont Graduate University. Afterwards, she conducted a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. Dr. Stolzenberg conducts research on child maltreatment, and how children are processed through criminal justice systems. Much of her work examines best practices for investigative interviewing.



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Andrea Montes

Andrea N. Montes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  She received her doctorate from Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She employs both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate questions related to theories of crime and punishment, crime prevention and school safety, and privatization. Her current research examines the uses and impacts of privatized corrections as well as juvenile delinquency and how schools can assist at-risk youth.


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National Affiliates

Cheryl JonsonCheryl Jonson

Cheryl Lero Jonson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Xavier University. Her current research interests focus on the impact of prison on recidivism, the use of meta-analysis to organize criminological knowledge, public opinion surrounding gun control and mass shootings, and civilian responses to active shooters. She has published over 35 articles and chapters as well as Correctional Theory: Context and ConsequencesThe American Prison: Imagining a Different Future, and The Origins of American Criminology.  In addition, she has trained over 2,500 people in active shooter responses in school and workplace settings.

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Travis Meyers

Travis Meyers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University in 2018. Travis’s research interests include corrections and correctional policy with a specific emphasis on offender rehabilitation and programming. His current work focuses on violence within correctional facilities and the implementation of rehabilitative programing in restrictive housing settings. He has published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Crime, Law and Social Change, and Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research. In cooperation with Dr. Kevin Wright, Travis co-taught the first Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program class in the state of Arizona. In addition, Travis a co-founder of the Arizona Transformation Project

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Danielle Rudes

Danielle Rudes

Danielle S. Rudes is an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and the Deputy Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Rudes is an expert qualitative researcher whose methods include ethnographic observation, interviews, and focus groups with nearly 20 years of experience working with adult and juvenile corrections agencies at the federal, state, and local county levels including prisons, jails, probation/parole agencies, and problem-solving courts. 


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Sara WakefieldSara Wakefield

Sara Wakefield is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Newark. Her research interests focus on the consequences of mass imprisonment for the family, with an emphasis on childhood wellbeing and racial inequality, culminating in a series of articles and book, Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality (Oxford University Press, with Chris Wildeman). She is currently working on a series of studies to more fully understand how social ties influence the conditions of confinement, community reintegration, and social inequality. 


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