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Gnall Consulting clients include: local, state, and federal government agencies, for profit and non-profit organizations, and professional associations. Ms. Gnall has been retained by public and private counsel to serve as an expert witness in juvenile lifer resentencing and other criminal cases.

While some clients are Pennsylvania based, others are located out-of-state and work locally to improve public safety and offender outcomes.  Still others have a national focus in providing education, training and technical assistance to justice professionals working in community supervision and incarceration settings as well as their community partners offering behavioral health, education and training, workforce development, mentoring, family support, housing and other important services. Among clients are:

Retained as Expert by:

  • IMS Expert Services
  • Stradley Ronan Stevens & Young
  • Cozen O’Connor
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &Feld LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Federal Public Defender Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Federal Public Defender Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Dauphin County, PA Public Defender
  • Cambria County, PA CJAB
  • ICF Incorporated LLC
  • Home Builders Institute
  • AlphaSights Ltd.
  • Bucks County, PA Adult Probation Office
  • Dauphin County, PA  Public Defender’s Office
  • The McShane Firm, LLC
  • Center for Successful Reentry
  • Dauphin County, PA
  • Nueva Esperenza, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Pennsylvania Pretrial Services Association
  • Project Return 501 (c) (3), Nashville, TN
  • The Moss Group Inc., Washington D.C.
  • Northpointe Inc., Traverse City, Michigan
  • Council of State Governments, New York, NY
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
  • National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

Examples of services offered and projects completed:

  • As subcontractor to ICF, conducting staff interviews and inmate focus groups at eight PA state prisons as part of evaluation of Career Pathway education and workforce training initiative.
  • Part of research and pratitioner team testing and evaluating pretrial risk screeners and creating a pretrial risk screening tool using local data in Dauphin County, PA.
  • Workload/Caseload Analysis of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Adult Probation Intake Unit with report and recommendations.
  • Development of education and training course Moving Forward: Using Evaluation Findings to Support Equity, Fairness and Justice. The course was approved by the PA Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 CLE credits. Kathy has delivered this course 20 times to more than 300 attorneys, criminal justice and human services professionals in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
  • Developing a County-wide Reentry Plan for sentenced offenders returning to communities following jail incarceration;
  • Writing grant applications;
  • Serving as a peer reviewer for grant applications and a practitioner reviewer and expert on evaluation reports and their implications for practice in the field;
  • Developing and delivering conference presentations and webinars;
  • Writing white papers on topics such as offender workforce development, the use of actuarial risk and need instruments, the value of education and vocational training for offenders and translating evaluation findings and other jurisdiction’s experiences into tangible plans.
  • Conducting  risk and need assessments on individual offenders, preparing reports on the findings for review by attorneys, criminal court  judges and case managers.
  • Skills & Expertise

    • Expert Witness in prison adjustment, determining risk for reoffense and offender reentry.
    • Expert witness in Juvenile Lifer Without Possibility of Parole (JLWOP) resentencing.
    • Public Policy Analyses
    • Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation
    • Data Collection, Analyses and Presentation
    • Grant Writing and Management
    • Public Administration
    • Strategic Planning
    • Program Development and Monitoring
    • Public Speaking
    • Legislative Testimony
    • Leading Collaborative Teams
    • Training and Development
    • Budget Preparation