Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders

National Institute of Corrections
American University, Washington College of Law
March 12-17, 2006

Aaron L. Aldrich

Aaron Aldrich began his career at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution in 1983 as a correctional officer at the high security center. He was promoted through the ranks from correctional officer, investigator, chief investigator, to his current position as Chief Inspector of Internal Affairs.

As Chief Inspector, he and his staff are tasked with the investigation of allegations of misconduct of the Rhode Island prison system's 1100 uniformed correctional staff and civilian employees. The investigations vary in range from off-duty misconduct, use of force, on duty misconduct, and conveyance of contraband.

Aaron also provides weekly training at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections training academy in the areas of crime scene and evidence preservation, sexual misconduct, and hostile toxic work environments.

Susan Carle

Susan Carle is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches torts, labor and employment law, legal ethics, and externship seminars. Prior to joining the faculty in 1997, Prof. Carle practiced law in the areas of labor and employment, primarily representing employees and labor unions. Prior to that, she worked for two years for the United States Department of Justice arguing appeals in cases arising under federal anti-discrimination laws covering employment and other issues. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1988 and clerked for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1988-1989.

In 2001, her paper entitled "From Buchanan to Button: Legal Ethics and the Early NAACP (1910-1920)," received the Association of American Law Schools' Best Scholarly Paper Award. She has published a series of related projects examining lawyers' changing conceptions of their professional obligations to further the public interest in Law and History Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Fordham Law Journal, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and The Harvard Women's Law Journal. She is editor of a book in the prestigious NYU Press Critical America Series, entitled Lawyers' Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice (2005), which collects leading work in the emerging field of critical legal ethics scholarship. She served as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in spring 2006. Among other public service commitments, she serves on the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Review Committee, the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee, and the Legal Ethics Advisory Committee of the National Disability Rights Network.

Daniel R. Dunne
DRD Training and Communications

The majority of his nearly 30-year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Daniel Dunne served as a national spokesman for the largest correctional agency in the country. His public and media relations expertise in the corrections field has been recognized as playing a key role in the BOP's ability to successfully meet its unique public and media relations challenges during a very important time in its history.

When the media came calling, Dan served as the Federal Government's face and voice before a national audience addressing a wide variety of issues to include the agency's mission and budget, new BOP facilities, Federal Prison Industries, inmate crowding, institution security and management, and innovative inmate programs (e.g., Life Connections Program). Dan also responded to inquiries related to a variety of inmate issues such as medical treatment, education, psychology and religious programs, drug abuse treatment, private prisons, community correction centers, and pre-release programs. In addition, Dan responded to issues related to high-profile cases (e.g., television and multimillionaire business woman - Martha Stewart; organized crime boss -- John Gotti; and, baseball legend -- Pete Rose) and, a myriad of ad hoc issues related to significant events at BOP institutions (e.g., assaults, escape attempts, hostage situations, food strikes, gang issues, suicides, inmate unrest).

Two of the many notable news events where Dan played a central role in developing and implementing comprehensive media strategies included the 1991 Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Talladega, Alabama, hostage crisis involving Cuban detainees, and the 2001 execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.- the BOP's first execution in over 30 years. Specifically, during a 10-day period at FCI Talladega in August 1991, Dan served as an on-site spokesperson, helping coordinating national and local crisis communication strategies, including press conferences attended by hundreds of news media representatives. Fortunately, this incident ended without serious injuries to the hostages or detainees. In 2001, Dan received the BOP's Myrl E. Alexander Award (named in recognition of the BOP's third Director), for his leadership role in helping coordinate one of the largest media events in the BOP's history - over 1,600 media representatives were involved with on-site reporting of the Timothy McVeigh execution, which received international news coverage.

One of Dan's greatest pleasures comes from helping others acquire the skills and techniques essential for effective public and media relations. He has played an important role in the design and development of public and media relations training programs (e.g., BOP and National Institution of Corrections Public and Media Relations Program), and continues to routinely share his expertise to enhance the communication skills of corporate and government communicators - as evidenced by his post-BOP business endeavors.

Following his retirement in February 2005, Dan created his own Public and Media Relations business - DRD Training and Communications. In this role, he continues to teach Public and Media Relations classes for various business and government agencies, including the National Institute of Corrections. Additionally, in partnership with Lawrence Ragan Communications (, he develops a free monthly eNewsletter titled the "Government Communicators Insider" ( Each month, Dan authors the feature story, and works with other government communicators who submit contributing stories. Corrections professionals have found this free web-based resource a useful tool for learning about various public and media relations principles and strategies.

Susan W. McCampbell

Ms. McCampbell is President of the Center for Innovative Public Policies, Inc., (CIPP) a not-for-profit company specializing in public policy consulting, established in 1999.

CIPP has worked on a number of projects with the U. S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Corrections (NIC): develop strategies for community corrections to address recruitment, retention and preparation of first line supervisors; to provide technical assistance to state and local correctional agencies regarding the issues associated with staff sexual misconduct and PREA; and to revise the curriculum for the National Sheriffs' Institute. CIPP also has done work for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, The Collins Center for Public Policy, the School Board of Broward County, Florida, Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc., and the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Prior to founding CIPP in 1999, Ms. McCampbell was the Director of the Department of Corrections, Broward County, Florida, Sheriff's Office for four (4) years. During this time, Ms. McCampbell oversaw the daily operations of a jail system with 4,200 inmates, three facilities, and a staff of 1,600. During her tenure, the agency received their initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and re-accreditation, the largest agency of its kind to receive simultaneous accreditation for all facilities. Other highlights of her term as Director include implementation of an objective inmate classification system, dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of inmates with a diagnosis of mental illness in the jail system, the planning for a new 1,000 bed men's direct supervision facility, and a 1,000 bed women's jail. While with the Broward Sheriff's Office, Ms. McCampbell served as Chief Deputy/Acting Sheriff for six (6) months following the death of the Sheriff.

Prior to coming to Broward County, Ms. McCampbell was Assistant Sheriff for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff's Office for eleven (11) years, a Program Director for Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D. C., and a regional criminal justice planner in Northern Virginia.

Ms. McCampbell holds a BA in Political Science from the School of Government and Public Administration, The American University, Washington, D. C., and a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture and Engineering of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.

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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); ASexual 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); AIncarceration," 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.

Melissa Turner

Melissa Turner is a clinical social worker with over fifteen years of clinical experience working with various populations. In Albany, New York, she began her professional career in an alternative sentencing program that advocated in the criminal courts for treatment oriented dispositions rather than incarceration. At the Washington VA Medical Center where she has worked for 14 years, Melissa has specialized in the psychosocial care and treatment of veterans with HIV/AIDS many of whom have a history of post traumatic stress disorder, sexual trauma, mental illness, incarceration and addiction. As a private mental health consultant, Melissa has focused on women's issues and has facilitated psycho-educational groups for mandated clients in residential drug treatment. She is known for incorporating nontraditional expressive therapies such as meditation, aromatherapy, music, poetry, art and other techniques, into the traditional psychotherapeutic group setting. At Our Place, DC, an agency dedicated to assisting incarcerated women with reentering the community, Melissa is the clinical social work consultant and provides therapeutic intervention to formerly incarcerated women. Melissa received her Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany, New York and lives in Washington, DC.

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

A.T. Wall is Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

Mr. Wall's career in corrections began in 1976 as a Probation Officer. After his graduation from Law School, he served as a Prosecutor in Manhattan and then joined the Vera Institute of Justice, where he was Director of a sentencing project for chronic offenders convicted by the New York City Courts. A native of Rhode Island, he returned to his home state in 1985 and worked in the Governor's Office on policy issues in the areas of corrections and criminal justice. He was tapped by the Director of Corrections to join the Department in 1987 as Assistant Director. He was responsible for the central management of Departmental operations and functioned as the Director's second-command. Mr. Wall was named Interim Director in 1999 and became Director in 2000. As Director he is the Chief Executive Officer for an agency that is responsible for all the state's jails, prison and probation and parole services.

Mr. Wall received a B.A. degree from Yale University and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School.

Rhode Island Department of Corrections
40 Howard Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
(401) 462-2611
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Jaime M. Yarussi

Jaime Yarussi received a dual Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Justice in May of 2001 from American University's School of Public Affairs. In December of 2003, she earned a Masters of Science from American University's School of Public Affairs in Justice Law and Society with a specialization in corrections and public policy.

Jaime started as Program Coordinator with the NIC Project at the Washington College of Law in January of 2004 and has helped to accomplish the publication of a handbook for correctional staff on identifying and addressing staff sexual misconduct and the completion of a core curriculum for the project's training program on Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders and is currently working on a publication on state criminal laws prohibiting the sexual abuse of individuals in custody. She also oversees programatic objectives under the NIC/WCL Project.

Jaime's on-hand correctional experience comes from core curricula as a graduate student focusing on work in various correctional facilities and the completion of an internship in the field of community corrections during her master's program. She has been involved with resident supervision, disciplinary hearings, recreational trip supervision, urinalysis collection and testing, as well as treatment and crisis intervention for offenders.

Jaime devotes her spare time to the D.C. Rape Crisis Center where she is a rape crisis counselor for rape and incest survivors through the center's hotline She counsels men and women, children, gay, lesbian, and trans-gendered members of the community. She is also a counselor for rape victims through the crisis center's S.A.N.E. Program which offers counseling and advice during the hospital visit (where evidence is collected) and through police interviews as well as the legal and court process for a victim.

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