Justice & Safety Dean Featured in Newsweek

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“I can’t always remember their names, but in my nightmares I can see their faces.”

That’s how Dr. Allen Ault, now dean of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice & Safety, describes in Newsweek magazine his oversight of five executions when he served as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections from 1992 to 1995.

The recent execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis thrust Ault into the national spotlight. He was interviewed live on MS-NBC from his home and has been quoted in numerous other national media outlets.

The Oct. 3 issue of Newsweek contains a column penned by Ault entitled “In My Nightmares I Can See Their Faces: Ordering Death in Georgia,” in which he argues that the United States “should be like every other civilized country in the Western world and abolish the death penalty,” even though he doesn’t believe any of those five executions were mistaken.

Ault brought his 30-plus years of experience to EKU in 2003 to head an academic college that offers a comprehensive array of internationally renowned undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice and police studies; correctional and juvenile justice studies; safety, security and emergency management; fire protection and safety engineering technology: homeland security; and others. In 1998, the College was approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as a Program of Distinction.

Ault has also served as commissioner of state Departments of Corrections in Georgia, Colorado and Mississippi, was a warden of a maximum-security prison, and for 11 years was president of a national criminal justice consulting firm.

In addition, Ault chaired the Department of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University after teaching at the University of Colorado. He has also served as chief of the National Academy of Corrections in Boulder, Colo.

Published on October 06, 2011