Andrea R. Coleman

Andrea R. Coleman is a State Representative with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventionís State Relations and Assistance Division (SRAD) managing formula and block grant funds in Arkansas, Connecticut, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, and serves as the Disproportionate Minority Contact Team Lead ensuring states and territories address juvenile delinquency prevention and system improvement efforts designed to reduce the disproportionate number of minority groups who come into contact with the juvenile justice system per Section 223(a)(22) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002.  She has over thirteen years experience working with at risk and delinquent youth in various settings and capacities which includes managing federal and state grant initiatives in her capacity as the Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator for Kentucky, local initiatives as the first Coordinator of the Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Council, and as a Title V Coordinator. 

As the Prevention Council Coordinator, Ms. Coleman developed and expanded several community truancy prevention and intervention initiatives that included the Families and Courts Together Program (FACT) the Students That Attend Reach Success Program (S.T.A.R.S), and provided direct services to pregnant and delinquent girls in a group home setting.  She also worked as a case manager for perpetrators of domestic violence monitoring conditions of protective and other court orders.  In this capacity she received a commendation for her commitment to reducing domestic violence and providing services to families.  Ms. Coleman has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in the Classics from Berea College.  Current publications include The Role of DMC Coordinators in OJJDPís Technical Assistance Manual, 4th Edition (2009), and pending research on how socioeconomic factors rooted in various criminological and sociological theories can lead to disproportionality.