Aaron Thomas Kinzel, MPA is an Instructor of Criminal Justice/Sociology at Western Michigan University and teaches various undergraduate courses.  Kinzel brings a unique perspective to the classroom through experiences from his youth in which he was actively involved in a life of crime.  As a teenager he was incarcerated in both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.  At the age of only eighteen he was sent to prison for nearly ten years due to a serious confrontation with law enforcement.

After his release from prison he has become an expert on prisoner reentry and earned three college degrees with honors.  He is currently pursuing a final, Doctor of Education degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  His research focuses on developing curriculum for juvenile delinquents, prisoners and parolees.  Earlier this year he was a featured speaker at the Prison Awareness Conference held at the University of Toledo:

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Kinzel has worked on various Criminal Justice Public Policy Reforms in his home region of Michigan and Ohio.  He is also a consultant on many criminal justice issues and has completed several contracts with the U.S Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons.  He is also working on a national level to bring awareness to mass incarceration issues with the current United States Congress.  Kinzel has mentored and worked with both juvenile and adult offenders to guide them away from a life of crime and towards a positive future as law abiding and productive citizens.

To learn more about his efforts, please connect with him via: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/aaron-thomas-kinzel-mpa/33/77a/b49/