Tekla Dennison Miller is a former prison warden who managed two prisons simultaneously (a men's maximum and a multi-level women's) outside Detroit, Michigan. Her published memoir, The Warden Wore Pink, is about her twenty-year career in corrections.
Ms. Miller also taught children in South Central Los Angeles after the riots in 1965, worked with mentally challenged enlisted men while employed with the US Special Services in Germany, was the first female probation officer in Oakland County, Michigan and the supervisor of the first prison camp for women in Michigan
Ms. Miller is a social activist, writer and national speaker focusing on women's issues, juvenile and criminal justice reform. She has had several nonfiction articles and essays published in these areas. She also has had articles about dogs in prison published in Good Dog and Dog Fancy Magazines.
The Warden Wore Pink, in its fifth printing, is used as required reading in criminal justice and women's studies courses at several colleges and universities. It is also referenced and quoted in many nonfiction books and articles.
A second memoir, A Bowl of Cherries, was released in January 2003 and a third nonfiction Mother Rabbit was released in June 2014. Her first novel, Life Sentences, was released in August 2005. The second novel in the Chad Wilbanks series Inevitable Sentences was released by Medallion Press in January 2009.
Ms. Miller has appeared on National Public Radio's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has been featured in many radio, newspaper and journal interviews. In 1999-2001 Ms. Miller was a technical consultant for Granada Entertainment/TNT on a TV movie and series about a woman warden and for NBC's news special about women prisoners. As an adjunct professor, Ms. Miller taught a course on Prisons and Prisoners. In 2001 she was a contestant on the TV quiz show "To Tell the Truth."
Ms. Miller was among the women in law enforcement and criminal justice honored by the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2001 The Criminal Justice Women of Michigan again honored Ms. Miller with the Josephine Davis Community Service Award. In 2004 she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at Cazenovia College, NY. In May 2007 Ms Miller was the commencement speaker at Cazenovia College and received an honorary doctor in humane letters.
Ms. Miller is the past president of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Youth Corps and is a member of the American Correctional Association, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, Association of Women Executives in Corrections, Association of American University Women, La Plata county Women's Resource Center, League of Women Voters, College Guild Advisory Board, Sisters in Crime both national and L.A. Chapters. She is a past member of the La Plata County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee and Jail Task Force. Ms. Miller received her AA from Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York, BA from the University of California at Los Angeles and her MA from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. She resides in Colorado with her adopted dogs Scooter and Smokey.
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