Jane Miller-Ashton is a teacher, facilitator, and mediator with an MA in Criminology (applied), over 30 years of service in the criminal justice system with adults and youth, and a passion for social justice reform and community volunteer work. Her experience includes senior service at two levels of government work in community-based corrections, crime prevention, with women’s, victims' and Aboriginal issues. Jane began her work at age 18 as a volunteer probation officer; was instrumental in expanding volunteer programs in Ontario corrections; managed a parole and probation office near Toronto; worked on women’s issues at the Ontario Government’s Women’s Directorate; and developed crime prevention initiatives with the Ontario Justice Secretariat.
With the Correctional Service of Canada, she was the Director of the Female and Aboriginal Offenders Branch and co-chaired “Creating Choices: The Task Force on Federally Sentenced Women”, which recommended the closure of Prison for Women and the creation of smaller facilities including a healing lodge and a community strategy. Jane headed up the early implementation of this report and also oversaw changes to the inmate grievance and complaints system in CSC. This led to pioneer work in the development of restorative justice initiatives in CSC. Before coming to SFU on loan from CSC, Jane headed up a Branch responsible for restorative justice, dispute resolution, and victims' services and has experience both nationally and internationally in these fields.
Jane began to teach at Kwantlen while on secondment from CSC as a Visiting Fellow to the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.