Kosean Kokeh is a Research Associate at Justice System Partners (JSP). He has 15 years of experience in the criminal justice system and higher education. His years of experience have allowed him to observe the system’s various components and engage in work focused on behavioral, social, and system change. Kosean began his career in treatment and educational services for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections before transitioning to recovery and reentry coordination for non-profit organizations. After gaining experience with and insight into the impact of substance abuse, inadequate mental health services, and the consequences of limited social resources, Kosean started working in the probation officer capacity on the state and then the federal level. In his role, he continued to work towards helping individuals, his places of employment, and the surrounding communities move towards prosocial, equitable, and just actions. Specifically, Kosean was instrumental in developing and implementing a drug court program, created the Careers in Federal Government Program, served on the workplace conduct committee, and assisted in developing and delivering the first-ever Social Justice Conference in the federal judiciary. His commitment to engaging and impacting the criminal justice system led him to start work as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island, where he developed and taught criminal justice courses focused on ethics and criminal theory.
Kosean graduated from the University of Rhode Island and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He completed his Master’s in the Administration of Justice in 2018 and is in his third year as a criminal justice doctorate student at Saint Leo University. Kosean completed a Certificate Program in Leverage Diversity and Inclusion for Organizational Excellence and is a National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education member.
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