José Ashford
Director, Office of Forensic Social Work; Director, Offender Diversion & Sentencing Solutions & Professor
School of Social Work

José B. Ashford is a Professor of Social Work and Professor of Law and Behavioral Science. Professor Ashford directs the Office of Offender Diversion and Sentencing Solutions and the Office of Forensic Social Work Research and Training in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Ashford is also an affiliated Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and of Sociology, as well as an affiliated Professor of Applied Social Science in the Social Science and Economics Department at the Sapienza University of Rome. His research and training lab is located at the Arizona Justice Project in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Ashford is widely published in areas dealing with the assessment, classification, and treatment of special need offenders; juvenile aftercare; prevention of recidivism, and forensic social work. He testifies around the country as an expert in the assessment of mitigating factors in capital murder cases.

Among his honors, Ashford was the recipient of the President of the United States Volunteer Service Award from the Points of Light Foundation and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ohio State University, College of Social Work, Columbus, Ohio.

Ashford holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Bowling Green State University and masters in clinical social work from the Ohio State University.

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  • Forensic and correctional mental health
  • Criminal justice diversion and sentencing alternatives
  • Managing and treating violence risks
  • Community prosecution
  • Procedural justice
  • Death-penalty mitigation