Robert Johnson is a professor of justice, law and criminology at American University, editor and publisher of BleakHouse Publishing, and an award-winning author of books and articles on crime and punishment, including works of social science, law, poetry, and fiction. He has written four social science books, including Condemned to Die: Life Under Sentence of Death, and Death Work: A Study of the Modern Execution Process, which received the Outstanding Book Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Johnson has edited six social science books, including Life without Parole: Living and Dying in Prison Today and A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women. Johnson has published extensively in professional journals, including law reviews, and has testified or provided expert affidavits on capital and other cases before US states and federal courts, the U.S Congress, and the European Commission of Human Rights. Johnson’s scholarship also features creative writing on crime and punishment. He is the author of one novel, Miller’s Revenge; four collections of original poems, most recently, A Zoo Near You; and one anthology of fiction, Lethal Rejection: Stories on Crime and Punishment. Johnson’s fiction has appeared in literary and fine arts publications. His short story, “The Practice of Killing,” won a national fiction contest sponsored by Wild Violet magazine. Another short story, “Cell Buddy,” was adapted for the stage and read at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Johnson’s independent literary press, BleakHouse Publishing, features creative writing, art, and photography on matters relating to social justice, showcasing the the work of a wide range of writers and artists, among which are included current and former American University students as well as current and former state and federal prisoners. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York.

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Ann Marie Rocheleau is an Associate Professor of Criminology at Stonehill College. She has a distinguished record of research in the field of criminology, having collaborated on numerous publications and reports for the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies. She is an expert on prisons, with a focus on prison culture and its effect on inmate violence. Rocheleau has interviewed many prisoners and correctional staff at prisons of various security levels, including supermax prisons. She has published her results in several journals, including International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Victims & Offenders, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, and the Criminal Justice Review. In addition to her extensive research on prisons, she has studied juvenile correctional facilities and police departments, both on a national scale. Previously, Rocheleau served as Program Coordinator for the nationwide Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, working to raise the conditions of confinement in juvenile correctional facilities. Prior to that, she worked for a private research company, where she studied a substance-abuse treatment oriented boot camp at the Barnstable House of Correction, drug purchase, and crime prevention efforts nationwide. Rocheleau started her career at the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC), where she evaluated substance abuse and other prison programs. She was also the first Director of Treatment at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA, and the first Substance Abuse Coordinator for the entire MADOC. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Police at Northeastern University. 

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Alison B. Martin is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she provides technical assistance to states that are implementing justice reinvestment legislation. Her publications span the topics of women in prison, violence against women, restorative justice, and criminal justice program evaluation. Martin co-edited and contributed to the second edition of A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women and her work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Family ViolenceViolence Against Women, and Gender Issues. She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the National Institute of Justice and has collaborated on and led projects on a range of criminal justice topics, specializing in qualitative research. She received her PhD in Justice, Law and Society from American University.

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