Alumni Honorees

Richard Terance HartRichard Terance Hart

B.A. Sociology, 1983


Richard Hart has had an exemplary career working as a professional and volunteer in the world of criminal justice.

In 1992, working for the organization Prison Fellowship/Justice Fellowship, Hart helped the legal agencies and local volunteers in Kentucky pass a significant bill providing community corrections programs throughout the state.

His expertise in criminal justice is well known and highly valued in testimony before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy & Human Resources and at various conferences including the White House Conference on Faith-based and Community Initiatives.

Hart has been a member of U.S. Congressman Danny Davis’ Ex-offender Task Force since 1999. He was an original member of the task force that helped format the historic “Second Chance Act” that was signed into law by President Bush in 2008.

In 2005, Hart was elected to the Board of Directors of the Windy City Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the largest criminal justice agency for African Americans. Since 2008, he has served on the American Correction Association’s Community Corrections Committee. ACA is the oldest and largest corrections agency for anyone working in criminal justice.  Also in 2008, he was appointed supervisor at the Salvation Army Corrections Center in Chicago, the largest work release program contracted with the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons.