Jillian has worked in corrections at state and local level in both private and public facilities for nearly 17 years. She was recently employed as the inspector general and PREA Coordinator by the State of New Mexico Corrections Department for six years. During that time she oversaw all policies and their subsequent distribution, application, investigations for violations and compliance, as well as the PREA Department. She also worked with the Office of General Counsel on consent decree compliance for the adult prisons, oversaw all audits and corrective actions in all facilities and oversaw all contract oversight and penalty assessments for private facilities in the state.
Jillian was chair of the Western States PREA Consortium and was integral in setting up and organizing the first National PREA Coordinator Conference. To date, she has completed nearly forty (40) PREA Audits Nationwide.
Prior to her employment with the State, she worked as a lieutenant/unit manager at a County Detention Center. Before moving to New Mexico, she worked for Corrections Corporation of America at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center. During her tenure there, she served as an instructor, executive assistant, public information officer, grievance officer, and PREA coordinator. She has also conducted cultural assessments at other facilities nationwide to help implement positive change.
Jillian earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. She has completed all coursework for her master’s degree and is working on the completion of her thesis. She is currently working as head of her consulting firm and works as an investigator for the Inspector General of Albuquerque. In addition, she has worked as a consultant with the PREA Resource Center as a Peer Review Auditor and Technical Assistance Administrator and as a trainer with the American Jail Association. She has completed advocacy training through the Rape Crisis Center and has conducted numerous trainings with advocates in regards to prisons, PREA and the offender population.