Panda J. Adkins joined the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) as a Correctional Program Specialist in December 2012. Ms. Adkins currently manages the Strategic Inmate Management (SIM) Initiative for NIC to provide training and technical assistance on effectively managing inmate behavior. Her work with NIC also includes the Jail Public Information Officers’ Network and Indian Country Jails.
She began her career in Corrections with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee, as a correctional officer in 1997. She also served as a case manager and work release manager. During her tenure as the Work Release Manager, Ms. Adkins was part of the management team who opened the agency’s first direct supervision facility. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the division, staff, inmates, and case management services. She was also responsible for building and sustaining community partnerships including working relationships with employers.
Additionally, Ms. Adkins was an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department of Tennessee State University from 2008 through 2012. Panda also served briefly as an ACA auditor prior to transitioning to NIC. Ms. Adkins held her Certified Jail Manager’s certification through the American Jail Association until accepting a permanent position with NIC. Ms. Adkins earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Master of Science degree with an emphasis on Public Service Management.