Dr. C. Ronald Huff, who taught criminal justice policy and management, served as the director of the School of Public Policy and Management and was a professor emeritus in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, has died at the age of 73.
Passionate about wrongful conviction he devoted much of his research to that subject. His publications include more than 100 journal articles and13 books, his most recent, "Wrongful Conviction and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems," was published in 2013. His book "Convicted but Innocent: Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy" won an Outstanding Academic Book Award from the American Library Association.
He served as a consultant to the attorneys general of California, Ohio and Hawaii; the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; the F.B.I. National Academy; the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous other federal, state and local agencies. For many years, he served as a consultant on gangs to the Columbus Division of Police and served on the advisory board of the National Gang Center.
Born in Covington, Kentucky, Huff was the first in his family to go to college. He received a BA in psychology from Capital University in Columbus and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. From 1970 to 1972 he served as director of Psychiatric Social Work at Lima State Hospital and as the chief inpatient clinical social worker at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima. He received his PhD in sociology from The Ohio State University in 1974.
After receiving his PhD, he worked as a professor at Purdue University and at the University of California, Irvine. Huff returned to Ohio State in 1979 where his teaching focused on criminal justice policy and management. While at Ohio State, he directed the Criminal Justice Research Center from 1979 to 1999 and served as the director of the School of Public Policy and Management — a forerunner of the Glenn College — from 1994 to 1999. After retiring from Ohio State, he returned to the University of California, Irvine, where he served as dean of the School of Social Ecology. Never fully retiring, he finished his career as a professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at UCI.
Huff is survived by his wife Pat, daughters Tamara Connor and Tiffany Huff, son-in-law Michael Connor, granddaughters Skylar and Hazel, and sister Natalie Moore.
The Huff Family has designated the National Registry of Exonerations
for memorial contributions. Condolences may be sent to Patricia Huff, 807 Calle Dulcinea, San Clemente, CA, 92672.