Dr. Danny Pirtle is a 21st Century educator committed to living out the words of famed abolitionist and ambassador Frederick Douglas, “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men”. Reared in Nashville, Tennessee by committed parents, Dr. Pirtle grew up among a group of young men in urban Nashville where the life outcomes were dismal and bleak. By the time Dr. Pirtle graduated high school, the majority of his cohorts had succumbed to the “life of the streets” and were either deceased or involved with the criminal justice system.
Dr. Pirtle began his career with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department as an Institutional Officer at the Harris County Youth Village. He then moved on to work for the Brown Schools as an Assessment Specialist for several years before returning to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department as an Intake Probation Officer. Dr. Pirtle recently served as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Holy Family University, a small private Catholic university located in Northeast Philadelphia. Throughout his 20-year career he has served the youth and his community as an advocate, mentor and program director/facilitator. Dr. Pirtle consults for many community service projects including acting as director for the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, YWCA. He has also served as a Program Director for an after school enrichment program in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Pirtle returned to Texas in January of 2013 to serve as Deputy Director of Educational Services for the Dallas County Juvenile Department. He led a staff of 185 committed educators and support staff in providing quality educational services to youth residing in facilities or on probation in a multi campus system licensed and monitored by the Texas Education Agency. Additionally, he was responsible for the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP). He was responsible for the management of an annual budget of approximately 7 million dollars. Most recently, Dr. Pirtle served as the Deputy Director of Executive and Administrative Services where he was responsible for Quality Assurance, Training and Research.
Dr. Pirtle has presented at numerous conferences and continues to share his expertise in both the academic and juvenile justice arena. Dr. Pirtle is an active scholar and has several publications. He most recently published an article, written with Julian Scott, entitled “Youth Subculture: An Examination of the Code of the Street in the Most Popular Rap Lyrics 2001-2009” in the prestigious International Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee State University, a Master’s Degree in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A and M University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University.