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From the Desert to the Ocean

In this episode, Aaron candidly considers the psycho-emotional effects of reentry on the brain, body, and soul. He recounts his quest for emotional intelligence and its effects on his marriage, and how education became his job. Finally, he shares some tips to help those inside prepare for reentry.

Content warning: this episode contains explicit language.


Aaron T. Kinzel is a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  His teaching and research areas of focus are corrections and public policy. He is a consultant that has worked nationally on criminal justice reform, including contracts with the U.S. Department of Justice and has worked with thousands of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals for over 20 years.  Kinzel's passion for these issues arose from his own incarceration as a youth in which he spent several months in juvenile detention and then nearly 10 years in adult correctional facilities and finally 6 years on parole in the State of Michigan.