Meet the Team
The Community Corrections Fines and Fees Project is comprised of a team of experts in community corrections and criminal justice. Team members are from the University of Cincinnati, Drexel University, Indiana University–Bloomington, the University of Minnesota Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, Northeastern University, and Rutgers University. This project is made possible by a generous grant from Arnold Ventures. The CCFF Project Team is very grateful to Arnold Ventures for their support.
University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice
(probation and parole) and how fines and fees impact the ability of individuals to succeed on supervision in several U.S. states. Dr. Ruhland is the former Research Director for the University of Minnesota’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, leading the Parole Release and Revocation Project and the Probation Revocation Project. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and her M.A. from St. Mary’s University. She is the author of numerous publications and reports. Her research interests include examining how individuals, families, and communities are impacted by crime and the criminal justice system.
Amber is a doctoral student studying criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Amber’s research interests center on correctional practices, justice policy and programming, collateral consequences, family and sexual violence, and child welfare. She is especially interested in these topics within the context of the juvenile justice system and youth populations. In addition to her educational studies Amber has worked directly with adult and youth offenders, collaborated extensively with justice system professionals, and brings 6 years of project management experience to this study.