For seven years Teri Herold-Prayer has been an adjunct instructor for Saint Martin’s University, Lacey WA. teaching Criminal Justice and serving as the Criminal Justice Club advisor. She was instrumental in taking students to the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Conference to expose the students to networking with renown criminologist and to the vast studies of criminal justice. She teaches Criminal Justice 101, Corrections Methodology, Policing, and Comparative Criminal Justice courses.
Her educational background includes two Master Degree’s from Washington State University: MA Political Science and MA Criminal Justice. She co-authored a study for the Washington Association of Sheriff’s & Police Chiefs on a grant awarded by Governor Christine Gregoire following the Virginia Tech shootings aimed to assess campus emergency preparedness in Washington State: HB2507 November 2008. She accepted a Research Manager position with the Washington Department of Corrections and was the lead researcher on a newly legislated program known as the Parenting Sentencing Alternative: Substitute Senate Bill 6639 June 2010.
She was also instrumental in developing and implementing the incarcerated veteran program within the Department of Corrections. Through collaboration with the Department of Corrections and the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs she was co-supported by both agencies and given the position of Veteran Service Manager. She implemented the first dedicated veteran living units within a prison environment. This effort received national attention by other states and the Federal Veteran Administration. The Washington Department of Veteran Administration received two Presidential Awards for the work being done for incarcerated veterans.