Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Ohio Dominican University. She received her Ph.D. in the Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Her research interests include race and crime, policing, and juvenile delinquency. She is particularly interested in issues of police/community relations, disproportionate minority contact (DMC), mass incarceration, and the intersection of race and gender in the criminal justice system.
Dr. Jones currently serves as the National Director of Research for the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy, a federally funded program designed to reduce social distance between police officers and “at-risk” minority youth. As the Director, she is responsible for establishing the research agenda, analyzing data, and serving as a consultant for best practices in improving relations between teens and the police. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on public perceptions of the police, race, and the administration of justice.
She is the co-editor of A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice. She has founded and organized the Teaching Tolerance Series which are bi-annual forums designed to allow justice practitioners the opportunity to engage the public in an open discussion about the criminal justice system. Dr. Jones has conducted several presentations, keynotes, and media appearances on issues of race, police/community relations, and disproportionate minority contact. She is a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, and several academic journals including the Journal of Juvenile Justice, the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and Race and Justice. She is a crime analyst for TV One’s hit show “For My Man.”She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ohio Dominican University Conley Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Create Columbus Visionary Award by Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission. Dr. Jones is also a member of several community and professional organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Create Columbus Commission, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and the Racial Democracy and Criminal Justice Network.