Criminal Justice Expert Kenya Tyson is Today’s Honoree

Kenya Tyson, JD is a nationally recognized criminal justice practitioner and higher education executive, with expertise in the fields of justice reform; race, crime, and inequality; restorative justice; universities; and public policy.  She is also the founder of K. Tyson & Associates, LLC. , a boutique consulting firm offering training and consulting expertise in the practice areas of criminal justice and higher education.

Based in the New York metropolitan area, Kenya is the Assistant Provost of Academic Affairs and University Curriculum at The New School.  Prior to working at The New School, she was the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Services at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Criminal Justice, where she served as chief academic officer and provided oversight for all academic programs, including America’s second largest prison-based bachelor’s degree program.

Kenya also served as  the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Project Safe Neighborhoods, the US Department of Justice’s anti-gang initiative and has consulted on several DOJ projects, working with jurisdictions across the nation on crime prevention and procedural justice initiatives.  She has worked with universities and human rights organizations around the globe, facilitating trainings and presentations on crime prevention and pre-trial services, and has served in an advisory capacity for several professional organizations.

Kenya’s extensive service includes work with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NJ LEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project), International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), and the Community Justice Advisory Board for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Garden State Bar Association.

Kenya has received recognition and awards in honor of her service to the community and profession. In 2016, she was recognized by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in appreciation of her support to the Citizens of New Jersey. Kenya is also a 2017 fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation. Earlier this year Kenya was recognized by the National Gang Crime Research Center as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for her scholarship on gang courts and was most recently named one of the New Jersey Law Journal’s Diverse Attorneys of the Year.

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