Dr. Wells is the former Director of Research and Development for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office having retired in July, 2010. He is an adjunct professor of sociology and criminology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and holds a PhD in Sociology, with a concentration in criminology, as well as a PhD in ELRC (Education, Leadership, Research and Counseling). He is also a State of Louisiana Certified Program Evaluator.
Dr. Wells’ major research and work has been in the area of deviance and violence which covers topics as broad as women and crime, terrorism, school violence, serial homicide and domestic violence. He has written over thirty research articles, testified before the U.S. Congress, evaluated numerous grant funded programs and is currently working on his third book.
In his work with the criminal justice system, Dr. Wells has worked in uniformed patrol, criminal investigations, narcotics, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, family services, administration, corrections and retired as founder and first commander of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Unit. As an academic associated with criminal justice, he performed one of the first large scale statistical meta-analysis of recidivist/repeat offenders. In this study he analyzed the demographic properties and life styles of over 95,000 inmates to help establish what would and would not work in rehabilitating offenders.
Dr. Wells has been the PI (principle investigator) on over twenty eight major research grants; associate PI on twelve major research grants; and participation investigator on over twenty research grants, field investigations, and program evaluations. Dr. Wells has written and managed grants totaling over 48 million dollars to date and is a contract grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Currently, he is a consultant for public safety agencies as well as several software companies specializing in public safety software.