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Get To Know NIC: Panda Adkins
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GetToKnow.LOGOPanda Adkins is a correctional program specialist in the NIC Jails Division.  Prior to joining the National Institute of Corrections in December 2012, she was a 16-year employee of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Division, where  she began her career as a corrections officer. She next served as a case manager, and then became the Davidson County work release manager. Panda has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Tennessee State University, and a Master of Science from Cumberland University. She is a Certified Jail Manager with the American Jail Association, serves as an accreditation auditor with the American Correctional Association, and is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator.

Responsibilities at NIC

Ms. Adkins manages services to Indian Country jails and the following training programs: Jail Administration, Jail Resource Management, and Jail as a Part of County Government. She also coordinates a variety of technical assistance for local jails.

Professional Interests

Panda is an advocate of education and training for jail practitioners.  She has conducted corrections-related training for her own agency, her community, and national audiences.  She has seen first-hand how education has empowered jail practitioners to make effective decisions in meeting their challenges and moving their jails forward.

Panda sees the jail as an integral part of the community.  She believes community members need to be more aware of the jail and its potential for having a positive effect on the local community. Panda enjoys involving local organizations and citizens in the jail--from basic volunteer work with inmates to using inmate labor for community projects and providing services to inmates to help them reintegrate into the community after release.

Virginia Hutchinson, NIC Jails Division Chief says, “Panda is a welcome addition to the NIC staff.  She has a passion for corrections, and she looks forward to working with jail practitioners nationwide.  Her expertise, experience, positive energy, and love for training make her a tremendous asset to NIC and the jails we serve.”

Fun Facts and Hidden Talents

Yes, her first name is Panda. It is not a nickname. She was once offered a recording contract (for a single and a video) as a rapper as the result of a “rap” she wrote as part of a creative writing class she conducted with offenders.

Posted Tue, Apr 16 2013 9:00 AM by Anonymous


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