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KCRJ President : Diana Queen
Diana Queen served 30 years on each side of the justice fence where she cultivated a rare depth of knowledge of and appreciation for the strengths and weaknesses within the justice system. Her peacemaking skills were artfully honed while working with victims of crimes, the wrongfully accused and shattered communities. Simultaneously, she fairly and empathetically defended and protected the rights of offenders. She recognizes that not all offenses are committed from a sense of evil, but from a singular pain, fear, or misdirection. Maintaining the delicate equilibrium between truth, law and compassion, Diana has become a skilled "mediator of justice." She has set the pace for policymakers as a successful public advocate. As a social justice innovator, her voice is much sought after articulating Restorative Justice Initiatives. She leads KCRJ with vigor, changing Kentucky through social innovation.

Her successful justice career evolved into collaborative projects with local, civic, state, and federal entities. Diana has served two terms as a council member in her community of Midway Kentucky and served three years as Legislative Aide to the Council for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council.. She held positions within the Department of Public Advocacy in Frankfort where she worked as an Investigator III for the Capital Trial and Post Convictions Unit and later as Policy Analyst II with the Kentucky Innocence Project for which she received the esteemed Rosa Parks award for galvanizing people into action on behalf of the poor. She rose through the ranks from Trooper to Special Investigations Detective with the Kentucky State Police after beginning her law enforcement career as a Police Officer in N. Myrtle Beach, SC.

Her achievements include a BA - Organizational Management from Midway College; Graduate of the Kentucky State Police Academy; Certifications in Narcotics Investigation, Applied Criminology and Criminal Defense Investigation, Trained in Restorative Conferencing and Circle Processes; Vice President of Midway Kentucky Renaissance Board; Woodford County Human Rights Commissioner/2004 - 2006 Executive Planning Committee/Francisco's Farm; Fine Art & Craft Show/2002 - 2011;Midway City Council/2006 - 2011; Midway Woman's Club/2005 - 2010

"Operate with your head; lead with your heart."
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If you think conflict is hard, try restorative justice. It will make a difference.

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