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Amy Dezember, MS

Amy is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society. Before joining the ACE! team, she worked in a variety of fields, including at a research firm conducting criminal justice research, at a non-profit doing juvenile sentencing advocacy and policy work, and in a federal public defender's office. She received her M.S. in Justice, Law and Society with a focus in Justice and Public Policy from American University and her B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University. Her research interests include sentencing, prison reform, indigent defense, and juvenile transfer.


Shannon Magnuson, MA

Before joining George Mason and ACE!, Shannon received her Master's degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections Administration from John Jay College, a continuation of her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. While attending John Jay, Shannon worked with NYC's Department of Probation and VERA's Center for Sentencing and Corrections.

Phone: 703.993.8565

Kimberly S. Meyer, MPA

Kimberly Meyer is a Ph.D. student in Criminology, Law and Society. She developed a background in education and public administration before beginning her work in criminology, which provides a unique perspective into the training issues and policy environment surrounding and affecting our justice system. At ACE!, she works on two projects related to evidence-based practice implementation, fidelity, and sustainability within juvenile and adult corrections agencies. Her research interests include juveniles’ experiences in the justice system, justice system responses to continued problem behavior, implementation of evidence-based practices, and severe, life, and long-term sentencing.

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Teneshia Thurman, MA

Teneshia Thurman is a doctoral student in the Criminology, Law and Society program at George Mason University. She received her B.A in Sociology and Criminology from The Ohio State University and her M.A. in Criminal Justice from Seattle University. Her research interests include gender and treatment programs, gender and crime, victimization and life course development, and restorative justice.

Phone: 703.993.8565

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