About Us

Joe Arvidson | Executive Director


Criminologist-Consultant-Desistance Advocate


Metropolitan State University

Graduate Certificate, Project Management 2015 - 2016

St. Cloud State University

Master's Degree, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1985 - 1988

St. Cloud State University

Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice and Corrections 1983 - 1985



American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies

Speaker and Expert Columnist

Part of a team of professionals who give continuing education presentations. Writes a quarterly Forensic Mental Health Insider as to Evidence Based Practices (EBP) in Corrections.

Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Adjunct Faculty 

Designed and have thought several courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. These include Correctional ideals, Criminal Justice and the Media, Criminal Justice and Media Relations (Graduate Level), and Correctional Design in a Changing World(Graduate Level).

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Adjunct Faculty

Teach the course CSJ 300-Correction and Community Corrections. 

Part of the team of faculty members teaching the Evidence Based Practices (EBP) Corrections Professional Certificate Program.

Experienced Corrections Practitioner since 1988 

Planning Specialist

Develop comprehensive long and short-rage plans, projects and programs.

Develop recommendations on policies, procedures, and service specifically as to the implementation of Evidence Based Practices (EBP).

Analyze trends, research data and changes in laws, rules and regulations to determine the impact on the agency.

20+ years of teaching and facilitating experience!

20+ years of teaching and facilitating experience!

Master Trainer of the LSCMI (Level of Service/Case Management Inventory)

Executive Board Member-Criminal Justice Advisory Board

Concordia University-St. Paul, Minnesota

The Criminal Justice Advisory Board convenes to help guide the future of CJ programming at Concordia University. 

Provide and share my insight, professional experience and organizational knowledge to help ensure that Concordia University continues to provide a responsive and relevant curriculum which will nurture future leaders in the Criminal Justice fields of service.


Higher Ground Academy-St. Paul, Minnesota

Spoke monthly to a primarily East African student regarding Criminal Justice issues, so as to reduce misconceptions and foster a positive dialogue.

Many students were inspired to inquire as to future careers in the field of Criminal Justice.


Assessor of the DRAOR (Dynamic Risk Assessment for Offender Reentry)

Master Trainer of the LSCMI (Level of Service/Case Management Inventory)

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Facilitator of Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Offenders Seeking Employment