Jose 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 doctoral program in sociology. Ashford is also the director of the Office of Offender Diversion and Sentencing Solutions (OODSS) and the graduate certificate on criminal sentencing and sentencing advocacy. He is an affiliate faculty member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law and Behavioral Science, and Justice and Social Inquiry.  

Ashford is widely published in areas dealing with the assessment, classification, and treatment of special need offenders; juvenile aftercare; 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. 

Ashford holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Bowling Green 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