Joshua Bender achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Justice Studies from Drexel University in 2016 and his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Baptist University in 2018.

In 2018, Joshua was appointed as a Project Assistant at the Walter Rand Institute. He is currently working on a project called the Cumberland Collective To Help Reverse Inequality & Violence Everywhere (CC THRIVE), where he is acting as the Reentry Strategic Planning Partner. Additionally, Joshua is working on the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC) as the County Work Group and PAL Sub-Committee Liaison.

Joshua has also worked on the 2018 PAL Volunteer & Donor Recognition Dinner and Southwest Council Data Walk. Joshua’s future plans include going back to school for his PhD in Criminology. Joshua’s research interests include criminological theories, white-collar crime, environmental crime, police–community relations, and wrongful conviction.