Listee Features — Criminal Justice

Nadine Allen


First completing coursework at Mount St. Joseph University, Judge Nadine Lovelace Allen earned a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University. However, she found herself dissatisfied with the first job she got out of college and ultimately decided to take a law school aptitude test, inspired to the field by a female judge she knew. She passed the exam and was immediately admitted to the Capital University Law School, where she graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. This was also the beginning of her becoming politically active as she became increasingly aware of the disparities within the legal system during the early years of her career. Licensed to practice law by the Ohio State Bar in 1977, Judge Allen became

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Makeba Wright


At a young age, Makeba L. Wright witnessed a drug bust in her neighborhood and became fascinated with how law enforcement operated. She began her career as a patrol officer with the Dougherty County Police Department in 2004, rising to become a lieutenant in the drug unit by 2007. Subsequently, she joined the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport as a safety officer from 2007 to 2010 before serving for more than a decade as an investigator with the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office from 2010 to 2022. During this time, Ms. Wright completed a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Albany State University in 2008, which was followed by a Master of Science in forensic psychology from the Chicago School of

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Reneau Kennedy


Reneau Charlene Ufford Kennedy, EdD, is a consulting forensic psychologist in private practice with more than 25 years of service within the justice system. Dr. Kennedy describes herself as a “natural public servant,” and she began her career as a teacher and counselor in Australia and Papua New Guinea after earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology, speech, and education from Willamette University in 1975. She began to recognize her calling toward counseling when she found that she often enjoyed helping the students who would linger after class with questions more than she enjoyed teaching the class. Dr. Kennedy continued her education at the University of Oregon, where she was awarded a Master of Science in psychology in 1981 and

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Emily Reed


Now retired, Emily A. Reed concluded her career as a systems and database administrator in the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. Prior to this position, she served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Delaware from 1994 to 2001 and also taught at La Salle University, Brandywine College, Ursinus College, St. Joseph’s College and Western New England University over the course of her career. In addition to her educational endeavors, she also spent time as a management analyst with Delaware Criminal Justice Council and the Delaware Division of Corporations as well as an assistant planner for the town of Enfield, Connecticut. She has remained active in her retirement, teaching with the

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Known for her extensive knowledge of criminal justice, Helen Corrothers continues to lend her services to those in her community. She has worked as a member of the ethics committee of the American Correctional Association since 2003, as a member of the past president council of the American Correctional Association since 1998, as an independent consultant since 1996, and as a member of the Delaware Assembly of the American Correctional Association since 1993. Previously, Commissioner Corrothers garnered experience as a fellow of the United States Department of Justice, the commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission and the United States Parole Commission, the superintendent of the Women’s Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction, the social interviewer of the Arkansas

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