Aaron T. Kinzel

  • I am a Lecturer of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I am a criminal justice reform advocate, and a formerly incarcerated individual who was raised by family members that were actively involved in criminality. I spent several months in juvenile detention facilities and nearly ten years straight in adult prisons. My redemption was earned upon my release by leaving a life of crime as a young teenager behind in my dark past. I chose to pursue a brighter future in higher education and community engagement to create safe neighborhoods and assist the formerly incarcerated to become productive and law-abiding citizens.

  • I am available to hire for consulting and public speaking with expertise in the following: (Criminal Justice Policy, Corrections, Prisoner Reentry, Curriculum Development, and Higher Education). Please contact me through email atkinzel@umich.edu or (616) 304-1460 to discuss the needs of your organization and my fees for service.

  • I have a strong background in understanding cultural diversity and have worked with thousands of juvenile delinquents and adult prisoners in numerous correctional institutions. I have also worked with a broad range of public, private and non-profit organizations with references available upon request and some examples below:

  1. U.S. Department of Justice

  2. Vera Institute of Justice

  3. SECURUS Technologies

  4. Safe & Just Michigan

  5. Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

  6. American Friends Service Committee

  7. Orange County California Probation Department

  8. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

  9. Michigan Department of Corrections

  10. Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan

  11. Citizens for Prison Reform