About ICJI

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is the State planning agency for criminal justice, juvenile justice, traffic safety and victim services. ICJI is designated as the State Administering Agency for distribution of federal funds, and as the State Statistical Analysis Center for research.

Further, ICJI is responsible for coordinating and collaborating with local, state and federal entities to identify, assess, plan, resource and evaluate new and emerging issues facing the criminal justice and public safety spectrum. ICJI works with local, state, and federal entities to evaluate programs associated with: prevention, detection & solution of crimes; law enforcement and criminal/juvenile justice, in an effort to improve and coordinate all aspects of law enforcement and criminal/juvenile justice.

In addition, ICJI works to develop new methods for the prevention & reduction of crime, while stimulating research & compiling and analyzing information/data for dissemination to decision makers.

Executive Team

Executive Director: Devon McDonald
Devon has served with ICJI since 2012, where he began his service as the Victim Compensation Supervisor and General Counsel. Devon received his BS in Criminal Justice from Indiana University of Indianapolis, and his Juris Doctorate from the IU McKinney School of Law. Prior to enter law school, Devon served his country in the US Army where he earned multiple awards for outstanding achievement.
 
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel: Gabrielle Owens
Gabrielle previous service includes as Manager of the Special Investigations Unit at the Indiana Department of Revenue and Deputy Director of the Licensing Enforcement & Homeowner Protection Unit of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General. In addition to the State of Indiana, Gabrielle served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where she worked under the Ridge, Schweiker, and Rendell administrations at the Office of the Inspector General. Gabrielle graduated from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and from Muhlenberg College (cum laude). 
 
Communications Director: Will Wingfield
Will joined ICJI in June 2017 after serving nearly 12 years with the Indiana Department of Transportation. He led INDOT's media-relations team and served on the project team for I-69 in Southwest Indiana, the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges and other Major Moves projects across the state. Will received his BS in Political Science from Wake Forest University.

Division Directors

Drug and Crime Control: Andrew Rodeghero
Andrew has served with the Institute since 2013. Prior to joining ICJI in 2013, Andrew worked within the Indiana Department of Correction’s Division of Youth Services, serving as a Psychiatric Social Services Specialist. Andrew received both his BA in Criminal Justice & Criminology and his MPA, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from Ball State University. While in graduate school, Andrew served as a graduate assistant within the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology and was the recipient of the Department’s 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Further, Andrew had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center College Internship Program in Glynco, GA, and spent time volunteering as a Reserve Sheriff Deputy for Wayne County, IN. When not serving the citizens of Indiana, Andrew enjoys spending time with family and engaging in outdoor recreational activities.
 
Prior to being named Division Director, Christine Reynolds served with ICJI’s Research Division, starting in 2007. As Research Associate, Reynolds assisted with strategic planning, developed research databases, created survey methods, interpreted complex data, prepared research reports, assisted in writing federal grant applications, reviewed grant applications, performed project evaluations, led training sessions and created performance-measure reporting forms. She holds a BS in Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.
 
Substance Abuse: Michael Ross
Michael Ross joins ICJI from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) within the Indiana Family Social Service Administration, where he managed $10+ million in evidence-based programs and led efforts related to disaster resilience, public-safety mental health, serious mental illness and co-occurring issues. In his previous position with DMHA, Ross oversaw the training, compliance and clinical direction of the Recovery Works program, which provides support services to criminal justice-involved individuals without insurance coverage. Ross is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work in Mental Health and Addiction and Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Indiana University. For the last two years, he has taught courses for IU’s School of Social Work and supervised practicum students in both short- and long-term placements.
 
Traffic Safety: Robert Duckworth
Robert joined ICJI in November 2018 after serving 18 years as a Deputy Sheriff, including more than 13 years in Decatur County, attaining the rank of Captain. He obtained over $3.6 million in grant funding for Decatur County, including emergency-response equipment and a $1 million communications site. Robert led the School Resource Officer program at Decatur County Community Schools, which was recognized by news media and a national expert as a model for other Indiana schools. In 2016, ICJI appointed him as State Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program Coordinator. A DRE and DRE instructor since 2006 and a Child Passenger Safety technician and instructor since 2008, traffic-safety programs sustained themselves as a significant part of Robert’s enforcement career, and he brings experience with these Traffic Safety Division core programs.
 
Victim Services: Jade Palin
Jade leads a team responsible for annually distributing over $60 million in grant funding. Jade’s prior service was in social service programming, within both the public and private sector. Jade specializes in grant writing, quality assurance, and personnel management. Jade’s greatest joy is in seeing the positive impact strength-based social service programming can have in the lives of others.
 
Prior to joining ICJI in January 2018, Elizabeth worked as an independent consultant focused on nonprofit sustainability and capacity building. She previously held numerous youth service roles within the nonprofit sector and state government, including serving at the Department of Child Services, Indiana Youth Institute and Department of Workforce Development. Elizabeth is a nationally experienced trainer, who has presented on corporate engagement, outcome management, program design and working with older youth. She holds a BA from Knox College and a MPA from Indiana University-IUPUI. Her research focused on strengthening pathways to education and training, developing social capital in low-income youth, and addressing staffing issues within nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Elizabeth is an avid gardener, baker, all-round foodie, and avid fan of the Indiana Pacers. 

Board of Trustees

  • John Boyd - LaPorte County Sheriff
  • Doug Carter - Superintendent, Indiana State Police
  • Rob Carter - Commissioner, Indiana Department of Correction
  • Bernice Corley – Executive Director, Indiana Public Defender Council
  • Jason Dombkowski - West Lafayette Police Chief
  • Justin Forkner - Executive Director, Indiana Office of Court Services
  • Curtis Hill - Indiana Attorney General
  • Rebecca Humphrey - Tippecanoe County Youth Services
  • Sam Hyer - Office of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
  • James Kennedy - Former Monroe County Sheriff and U.S. Marshal
  • Jim Merritt - Indiana State Senator
  • Kevin Mahan - Indiana State Representative
  • Andrea McCord - Judge, Lawrence County Circuit Court
  • Todd Meyer - Associate Director, Indiana Department of Child Services
  • David Powell - Executive Director, Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council
  • Mark Stuaan - Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • AmyMarie Travis - Judge, Jackson County Superior Court I

Contact

Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
101 West Washington Street
Suite 1170, East Tower
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone 317-232-1233
Fax 317-232-4979