Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Youth

National Institute of Corrections
American University, Washington College of Law
November 7-9, 2005

Bridget Skaggs Brown, Commissioner
Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice

Bridget Skaggs Brown was appointed Commissioner of the department July 1, 2004 after serving briefly as the agency's Deputy Commissioner for Operations. Previous to her entry into state government, Ms. Brown worked 20 years in the Louisville Police Department retiring at the rank of Colonel and serving in the capacity of Deputy Police Chief. She was responsible for the supervision of Operations, Investigations, and Administration for 745 sworn officers and 332 civilian positions.

Significant accomplishments during her career include the successful negotiation of employment contracts for both sworn and civilian personnel, the development of security details for events such as Thunder over Louisville, and her work in the development of "Kids against Violent Crimes Sports Camp" and the LPD Elderly Abuse Program. She has been awarded a certificate of merit by the Louisville Board of Aldermen (1995), the Exceptional Merit Award by the LPD (1996), and the National Center for Women in Policing Award (2002).

Ms. Brown graduated with honors from the University of Louisville receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration in 1981 and a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration in 1989. Her honors at the University of Louisville include her election into Phi Kappa Phi, National All University Honor Society, and recipient of Graduate Dean's Citation. In addition she was the recipient of the Director's Award for Academic Excellence from the Southern Police Institute.

Kathy Black-Dennis

Kathy Black-Dennis is on faculty at the University of Louisville's School of Justice Administration. She has over 28 years of experience in juvenile and adult corrections, as well as having served as a Program Specialist with the National Institute of Corrections Information Center. Kathy has also served as a visiting instructor at Eastern Kentucky University.

Kathy retired from the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice in 2002 where she served as the Director of Program Services, being responsible for the Quality Assurance, Education, and Program Development Branches. While with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, she worked as a Correctional Officer, Classification and Treatment Officer, Unit Director, and Branch Manager of Planning and Evaluation.

Kathy is a trainer and consultant for a number of national agencies on management and leadership issues, as well as Training for Trainers. She will be joining the American Correctional Association in January, 2006 as their National Training Administrator.

Kathy received her B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University in Law Enforcement and Social Work. She earned her Master's degree from Xavier University in Corrections Administration, and is completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Occupational Training, Leadership, and Human Resource Development from the University of Louisville.

Kathy and her husband, Gary live at "Sweet Baby Manor" in Pewee Valley with their cats, Snickers and Bitsy. They also reside in Washington. D.C.

Gary L. Dennis, Ph.D.

Gary L. Dennis is presently a Senior Associate with The Moss Group, Inc., in Washington, D.C., and Project Coordinator for a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections for the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Dr. Dennis retired from the Kentucky Department of Corrections in 2004. During his 34-year career in state government, Dr. Dennis served as Deputy Commissioner, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Corrections, Director of Correctional Industries, Director of Mental Health, Director of Operations, Director of Corrections Training, and Warden. He began his career in juvenile justice, working as a counselor, chaplain, and assistant superintendent at a reception center for delinquent youth. He was also supervisor of juvenile delinquency grant programs for the Commonwealth under the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Dr. Dennis had the privilege of serving for three years as Director of Management and Training Services at the National Institute of Corrections' National Academy of Corrections in Boulder, Colorado. As Director of the MTS Department, he was responsible for the majority of training conducted at the Academy for correctional executives, managers, and staff trainers.

Dr. Dennis recently served as the Interim Facility Executive for the Vermont Department of Corrections managing their nine prisons. For the spring semester 2005, Dr. Dennis was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at American University and an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland teaching both on-line and face to face courses in criminal justice. He serves as a management and training consultant for both the National Institute of Corrections and the American Correctional Association.

A native of Russellville, Arkansas, Dr. Dennis holds a BA from Arkansas Tech University, a Master of Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Master of Science in Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Louisville.

His spouse, Kathy Black-Dennis is on the faculty at the University of Louisville. They reside in Pewee Valley, Kentucky and Washington, DC.

Dr. Dennis can be contacted at either or or by calling 502.551.8766

Deputy Commissioner Michael Dossett

Mr. Dossett joined the Department of Juvenile Justice in 2004 as the Deputy Commissioner for Support Services. He began his professional career in law enforcement with 29 years of experience. Immediately prior to DJJ, he was the Assistant Chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department. He also attended the University of Louisville and the Southern Police Institute. He is a certified Police Instructor with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council at EKU and lectures on a variety of related topics.

Barney Kinman

Barney Kinman is currently the Investigative Manager in the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety, Office of Investigation. The Office of Investigation is responsible for investigating certain specific incidents reported in Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. He has been in that position since July 1, 2004, when the Office was restructured by the new administration. During his tenure, he has investigated over 46 cases in Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. In addition to investigating cases, he oversees the daily operations of the Office.

Prior to beginning this assignment, Mr. Kinman was employed for two years with the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training in the Compliance Section as an investigator. His duties included conducting funding audits on police agencies and sheriff's offices within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Section also conducted internal affairs and background investigations within the agency.

Before beginning his employment with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Mr. Kinman was employed for 26 years with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant. During his tenure, he worked in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Bureaus. His investigation assignments included time in the Crimes Against Children Unit, the Robbery/Homicide Unit, the Commercial Burglary Unit, and the Narcotics Unit.

Mr. Kinman is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration with a minor in Sociology. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is a certified Police Instructor, certified to teach criminal investigations and patrol topics.

Anadora (Andie) Moss

Andie is President of The Moss Group, Inc., a Washington, DC-based criminal justice consulting firm. The Moss Group, Inc. consulting team consists of seasoned professionals with expertise in correctional operations, correctional research, male violence, medical and mental health expertise, training design and delivery, women offenders, and organizational and institutional culture. Ms. Moss has a long history of work on sensitive correctional management issues. As an assistant deputy commissioner in the Georgia Department of Corrections during the Cason v. Seckinger lawsuit in the early 90s, and as a Program Manager with the NIC from September 1995 - February 2002, Andie was involved in the development of early strategies to address staff sexual misconduct in the field of corrections.

In December of 2003 Andie's firm was awarded a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to assist the Institute in implementation activities of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. (PREA). Activities under the NIC project have included the production of training videos, on site consultation with correctional agencies, field research resulting in themes of staff perceptions of sexual assault in corrections facilities, regional workshops with executive leaders, professional presentations and participation in NIC video conferences addressing PREA for both adult and juvenile settings.

For many years Andie has valued the importance of addressing staff -offender sexual abuse by understanding the institutional culture of a facility and in implementing and maintaining a systemic approach to the prevention of staff offender sexual misconduct. She now additionally is involved in the development of strategies addressing inmate -inmate sexual assault.

Andie has consulted onsite with over 40 correctional institutions nationally and continues to work with often sensitive areas of correctional management. She is published in professional periodicals and authored a chapter in a correctional administrator's textbook. Ms. Moss is active in professional organizations and is currently President of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. Andie has received numerous honors for her work including the NIC Executive Director's Award.

The Moss Group, Inc.
1444 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202- 546 -4747

Prof. Brenda V. Smith

Brenda V. Smith is a Professor at the Washington College of Law at American University where she co-teaches in the Community Economic Development Law Clinic. Professor Smith is also the Project Director for the United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections Cooperative Agreement on Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders. In November, 2003, Prof. Smith was appointed to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission by the United States House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D. CA). Prior to her faculty appointment at the Washington College of Law, Prof. Smith was the Senior Counsel for Economic Security at the National Women's Law Center and Director of the Center's Women in Prison Project and Child and Family Support Project. Prof. Smith is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College in 1980.

Prof. Smith is an expert on issues affecting women in prison and has published and spoken widely on those issues. Recent publications include: Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption: Exploring Alternative Models for Addressing Domestic Violence in Communities of Color, in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT THE MARGINS : READINGS ON RACE, CLASS, GENDER, AND CULTURE (Rutgers University Press, 2004); Watching You, Watching Me, 15 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 225 ( 2003); Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption, 11 American University Journal of Gender Social Policy and the Law 921, Volume 2 (2003); An End to Silence: Prisoners= Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct, (2d Ed., Washington College of Law, 2002); A Sexual Abuse Against Women in Prison,@ American Bar Association Criminal Justice Magazine, Vol. 16. No. 1, Spring, 2001; An End to Silence: Women Prisoners= Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct (National Women's Law Center: April, 1998); A Incarceration," in Women's Health Across the Lifespan: A Comprehensive Perspective (Lippincott: 1997); A Vision Beyond Survival: A Resource Guide for Incarcerated Women (National Women's Law Center: Fall, 1995); and Female Prisoners and AIDS: On the Margins of Public Health and Social Justice, 9 AIDS & Public Policy Journal 78 (Summer, 1994).

Prof. Smith has received numerous honors, including the prestigious Kellogg National Fellowship in 1993. Professor Smith was inducted into the D.C. Women=s Hall of Fame in 1998 for her work on behalf of low-income women in the District of Columbia. Most recently, Professo Smith was awarded the Emalee C. Godsey Research Award for her article, Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption.

Ashbel T. (A.T.) Wall, II

A.T. Wall's career in Corrections began in 1976 as a line Probation officer. He served in the capacity of Assistant Director for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections from 1987 through 1999. Mr. Wall was appointed Director of the Department in 2000. He holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale University.

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