Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders

National Institute of Corrections
American University, Washington College of Law
July 9-14, 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.

Darrell W. Alley

Mr. Alley is a 36 year law enforcement veteran having served in Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. He attended the Broward Community College at Ft. Lauderdale, received his Bachelors Degree from Covenant College (TN), and his Masters Degree from Tusculum College (TN). He is a graduate of the National Crime Prevention Institute, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the Tennessee Government Executive Institute at the University of Tennessee. He retired from the State of Tennessee in December, 2004. He currently serves as a criminal justice consultant and Associate Pastor of the River of Life Assembly of God in Smyrna, TN.

He served as an adjunct faculty member at the Cleveland State Community College (TN) for eight years, the Cleveland State Law Enforcement Training Center for five years, eight years as an adjunct instructor at the Tennessee Correction Academy, and two years as a program specialist with the National Institute of Corrections/Department of Justice. He and Laura have been married for 39 years. They have two children and seven grandchildren.

Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Mr. Roy L. Austin graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science and received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the Illinois and California Bar Associations.

During college and law school, Mr. Austin accrued a wide-range of criminal justice experience. Among other legal jobs, he has been a youth care worker at a youth detention center in central Pennsylvania, an investigator for the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service, a law clerk for the Chicago Federal Defender Service and a legal assistant at a large D.C. law firm.

Mr. Austin began his career as a lawyer as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section ("Criminal Section"). Almost immediately upon joining the Criminal Section, Mr. Austin served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia with the Misdemeanor Trial Section. As a Special AUSA, he prosecuted crimes ranging from simple assault to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

During his almost five years with the Criminal Section, Mr. Austin investigated and prosecuted violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes in federal courts across the country. Among his jury trials there, Mr. Austin tried a racially motivated aggravated assault in Tennessee, a cross burning in Illinois, a guard rape of a juvenile inmate in Georgia, a police officer beating of a truck driver in Indiana and a guard shooting of an inmate in California.

In 2000, Mr. Austin joined Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, California as an associate where he participated in a variety of complex civil and white-collar criminal cases. He worked extensively on a pro-bono lawsuit regarding racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol which resulted in a successful settlement.

In 2002, Mr. Austin returned to the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office where he is now a Senior AUSA in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Austin was a Senior AUSA in the Sex Offense/Domestic Violence Section where he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of domestic homicide, sexual assault, child sexual assault and child prostitution cases.

Over his career, Mr. Austin has tried more than 25 jury trials.

Susan Carle

Professor Susan D. Carle's teaching and research interests lie primarily in the areas of legal ethics, the history and sociology of the legal profession, employment discrimination, labor and employment law, and torts. 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 is editor of a book in the 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. 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.

Deborah Connor

AUSA Deborah Connor graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, Cum Laude in 1994. Following graduation from law school she worked in private practice for two years before joining the Department of Justice Antitrust Divison in 1997. She eventually joined the United States Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia in 1999 and has been working primarily with the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Unit of this office for over 5 years. Ms. Connor prosecutes sexual assaults, involving both adults and children, and has tried over 25 cases involving sexual assauts, in both bench and jury trials. Most recently, AUSA Connor obtained a successful conviction following a three day jury trial in D.C. Superior Court, in the case of United States v. Robert White, involving the sexual assault of a male inmate by a corections officer employed at the Central Treatment Facility here in the District of Columbia.

Dan Dunne

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 budget, inmate programs and services, and conditions-of-confinement for Federal inmates. Additionally, Dan routinely responded to media requests related to many high-profile cases (e.g., television and multimillionaire business woman - Martha Stewart); 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 notable news events where Dan played a central role in developing and implementing comprehensive media strategies to address an international media onslaught 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 35 years.

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 and Crisis Communications training 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." This eNewletter has become a principal resource for government communicators looking to learn important public and media relations principals and practices.

Dan has served on the American Correctional Association's Public Information Committee and is a current member of the Prince George's County (Maryland) Public Relations Association.

Daniel R. Dunne
DRD Training and Communications
(301) 249-2548

Karen Maria Giannakoulias

Karen has worked for over nineteen (19) years in criminal/civil investigations. She started her career in law enforcement in 1985 with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC where she was in charge of patrolling neighborhoods within the boundaries of the District of Columbia. Her duties included but were not limited to the apprehension and processing of criminal suspects, completion and investigation of incident and criminal police reports, testifying during proceedings, trials and preventing crimes.

Karen became an undercover investigator where she participated in covert investigations for the purpose of prostitution, gambling, narcotics, intelligence, child pornography and organized crime. She then moved to the sex offenses unit of the Metropolitan Police Department where she was responsible for the management and investigation of all adolescent and adult sexual abuse allegations. Those duties and responsibilities included conducting forensic interviews, interviewing targets and witnesses, preparing search and arrest warrants, surveillance, and presenting cases to the U.S. Attorney's Office and Office of the Attorney General for civil/criminal merit.

Karen moved to the Office of Professional Responsibility/ Office of Internal Affairs where she was accountable for conducting criminal, civil and administrative investigations involving allegations of misconduct and corruption of Metropolitan Police Department (sworn and civilian) personnel and District of Columbia Government employees. Her duties and responsibilities included interviewing complainants and the targets of the investigations, preparing investigative memorandums, search warrants and police reports, surveillance, and presenting cases to the U.S. Attorney's Office and Office of the Attorney General for criminal merit.

Karen has also provided training to other law enforcement agencies, school personnel, community organizations, parents and children and also worked on assessing children and adults for medical, psychological, and human service issues. Karen was the first police officer co-located to the Children's Advocacy Center where she helped develop interview protocols and assist in the development of the Children's Advocacy Center for the District of Columbia. During this time Karen was in charge of conducting adolescent forensic interviews and being a liaison for the Metropolitan Police Department and DC Public School Officials.

Currently, Karen works for the United States Attorney's Office in the Victim Witness Assistance Unit as a Child Interview Specialist/Advocate. Her responsibilities include forensic interviewing and assessment of children from two to seventeen years old and adults with special needs, who are alleged to be victims of or who have witnessed a crime; assisting with the development of multi disciplinary interviewing protocols that are utilized by multiple agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department, for child victim/witnesses; provide training to prosecutors and local government agencies in the areas of forensic interviewing, offender dynamics, family dynamics and child development; and participating and providing consultation in multi disciplinary case review sessions to assist law enforcement, prosecution, social service, and mental health professionals to determine appropriate forensic and clinical interventions to children who are victims/witnesses of a crime. She is also responsible for case management for the purpose of judicial prosecution; conducting the "Kids Court" program to prepare child victim/witnesses for their future judicial proceedings; and is a participant in "Project Lead," which is a criminal prevention and awareness agenda for fifth graders in the DC public School system.

Julie Grohovsky

Julie Grohovsky was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1991 to 2001. During her time as an AUSA, Ms. Grohovsky specialized in prosecuting sexual assault cases. In 1998, Ms. Grohovsky was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy and spent ten months studying how sex crimes are investigated and prosecuted in the UK. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Grohovsky served as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice. Ms. Grohovsky is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the American University Washington College of Law. She has lectured here and in the UK on issues of sexual abuse, domestic violence, victims' rights and children as witnesses. Ms. Grohovsky also serves as The Executive Director of The Tree House, Montgomery County's Child Assessment Center, which supports children who are victims of sexual and/or physical abuse as their cases go through the court system.

Madeleine LaMarre, MN, APRN, BC

"Madie" LaMarre recently retired as the Clinical Services Manager for the Georgia Department of Corrections where she was responsible for developing health care policy, clinical protocols, and monitoring the quality of health care in the Georgia Prison system. She worked for the Department since 1984 and was involved in addressing public health concerns such as HIV infection, tuberculosis, and most recently, hepatitis C.

Madie is a nationally recognized correctional consultant focusing on improving health care delivery systems. Her 20 years of experience make her a valuable expert witness in litigation involving correctional facilities. She recently served as associate editor and contributor for Clinical Practice in Correctional Medicine, a medical textbook co-edited by Michael Puisis, M.D., published in 2006. Ms. LaMarre is active in numerous professional organizations often presenting critical clinical updates impacting correctional health care. She will serve as a subject matter expert to The Moss Group in identifying the critical medical protocol concerns in addressing prison rape. Her relationship and reputation with both the correctional health care community and the public health community will serve as a valuable resource and liaison in the development of the medical concerns raised in the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

She received her Bachelor in Nursing from Russell Sage College in New York and her Master of Nursing from Emory University in Atlanta. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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. Ms. McCampbell also currently serves as the Special Master in the matter of the United States of America v. the Territory of the Virgin Islands, et. al., appointed by the Federal Court in April 2006. Ms. McCampbell serves as an expert witness in corrections and law enforcement litigation.

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 and other workforce issues; 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. Since 1999, CIPP has provided training and technical assistance to over 75 entities on the topic of staff sexual misconduct with offenders, and has developed numerous publications, guides, and curriculum on this topic. CIPP will be working with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to help educate and prepare agencies having the responsibility for lock-ups about the impact of PREA.

CIPP also performed 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, Florida, 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.

Contact Information:
Susan W. McCampbell
Telephone (239) 597-5906
Fax (239) 597-6691

Mary Pinn, RN, BSN, SANE-A

Ms. Pinn has been a registered Nurse for 46 years. She earned her degree from Freedmen's Hospital/ Howard University Hospital in 1956-1960 with a diploma in nursing. She received her BSN from the University of the District of Columbia in 1986.

Nurse Pinn retired in 1990 after being the Assistant Director of Nursing-DC General Hospital. She is married with three children (35-48 years of age) and four grandchildren (6-21 years of age).

After retirement Ms. Pinn has been the Nurse Manager in Long Term Nursing, Director of Nursing PG Hospital Long Term Care Facility, Supervisor of Nursing DC General Hospital , Supervisor of Nursing Howard University Hospital, SANE training at Howard University Hospital 2003, Nurse Consultant and Clinical Instructor.

Nurse Pinn is currently the Interim Director of SANE-Howard University Hospital.

Nairi M. Simonian

Nairi M. Simonian is a Research Associate for the NIC/WCL project on Addressing Prison Rape. She received her law degree in 2005 from the American University, Washington College of Law where she was junior editor of the Business Law Brief and received the Marshall-Brennan Fellowship. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature with a minor in English in 2002 and graduated cum laude with department honors from the University of California-Los Angeles. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society.

Ms. Simonian's primary interest are in legal issues related to sexual abuse of persons in custody. She has written a report outlining the implications of HIPPA on institutional settings and has published legal analysis regarding anti-fraternization policies for local and state criminal justice agencies.

In 2003, Ms. Simonian completed a Comparative Justice Institute program in England and the Netherlands where she analyzed the English and Dutch police, courts and corrections. Specifically, she examined both institutional and community-oriented corrections in those countries as compared to the U.S. While in the Netherlands and England, she interviewed individuals in jails, prisons, and community-based corrections.

Ms Simonian is also fluent in Armenian.

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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