Bret "Dr. Buck" Bucklen is a self-described pracademic, meaning he is first and foremost interested in the intersection of academics with real world practice, policy, and politics. He loathes ivory tower academics. He is the Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He also holds a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Public Policy & Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His intellectual interests are in criminal justice, public policy, politics, and theology. He's also a self-proclaimed conservative, much to the chagrin of his many liberal academic friends (and Justin). He loves his family, loves God, and also loves music.