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A. Stephen Lanza

A. Stephen Lanza

Founder, Justice Consultants, LLC ​
​Faculty, University of Connecticut ​

Stephen Lanza is a community justice and human development professional with over 25 years’ experience in behavioral health, human development, and domestic violence interventions; and 18 years in community justice. He is an Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the International Community Justice Association – the leading organization representing community corrections. He is on the faculty of the University of Connecticut at Stamford, Department of Human Development & Family Sciences, and Norwalk Community College, Criminal JusticeProgram. He also is a Visiting Lecturer in the Human Rights Program at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.

For 16 years he served as the Executive Director of a leading community corrections organization focused on innovation and impact in areas of adult reentry, behavioral health in community corrections, justice-involved youth, children of incarcerated parents, and interventions for domestic violence offenders. He led efforts to develop, implement, fund, and research a model reentry program, which after 3.5 years of Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry research found significant and sustained reductions in rates of recidivism. Under his leadership and design, the organization launched an innovative and highly effective holistic residential mental health reentry program. One of his current consulting projects is serving as a TAA Coach for DOJ BJA JRI grants in Arizona and Texas. He has championed efforts in support of formerly incarcerated persons inclusion and leadership in criminal justice reform, reentry, prevention, community and social justice organization, and efforts to change the organizational culture in correctional and justice systems.

He has served on Connecticut’s Batterer Intervention Programming and Standards Subcommittee where he helped develop best-practices state standards for DV offender intervention; and on the Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Recidivism Reduction Committee where he assisted with investigation and development of policy and statutory recommendations. He currently serves on Connecticut’s Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council and as a Special Master for the Superior Court’s Regional Family Trial Docket.

Among his publications, a recent co-authored paper received the 2014 American Journal of Public Health Paper of the Year Award. His peer-reviewed publications are in the areas of continuity of health care in prisoner reentry, strengths-based approach to prisoner reentry, and masculine norms and peers support affecting incarcerated African American males and mental health. Other publications include a co-authored chapter in the landmark publication “What Causes Men’s Violence Against Women” edited by Michele Harway and James O’Neil; research reports on the effectiveness of domestic violence interventions and interagency collaboration; and editing the Family Violence Education Program Curriculum for the State of CT.

Honors include the 2018 J. Bryan Riley Meritorious Service Award from the International Community Corrections Association, the 2010 The Connecticut Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, the Connecticut Association for Marriage & Family Therapy’s Service to Families Award, and multiple Special Recognitions from Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Jim Himes.

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