Diana Sutton - Faculty - Criminal Justice

Diana graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science in Public Administration.

Diana started her career after her undergraduate studies with the Detroit Police Commission, Office of the Chief Investigator.

After leaving the Detroit Police Commission, Diana began what would become a long and enjoyable career with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) where she spent the next 23 years. She began as a Parole/Probation Agent in Wayne County and held that position for approximately ten years then moved to the administrative area of the MDOC.

While in the administrative are of the MDOC, Diana held the positions of Sentencing Specialist, Reentry Specialist and Records Administrator. The last ten years of her career, as the Records Administrator, she was the key authority regarding prisoner record keeping matters including prisoner time computation, detainer processing, record structure, sex offender registration, record retention, sentence interpretation, immigration, deportation, writ processing, parole eligibility, DNA collection and vital documents. Diana retired form the MDOC in 2019.

Diana began her second career with the University of Michigan, Criminal Justice Administrative Records System (CJARS) where she and her colleagues are working to build a cutting-edge data platform seeking to fundamentally transform research and statistical reporting on the U.S. criminal justice system. CJARS’s ultimate goal is to improve public administration through next generation evidence-based policy making.

Diana has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities across the county for over ten years. She enjoys teaching students in the area of criminal justice and corrections and enjoys seeing her students graduate and begin their careers in the many different areas of criminal justice and corrections.