Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

New Research Projects in Criminology, Law and Society

The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE) in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society announces several new projects which focus on translating and implementing evidence-based practices in court, probation, prisons, and jail settings.  New funding from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (PIs, Faye Taxman and Shannon Portillo), Virginia Department of Corrections (PI, Faye Taxman), Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (PI, Danielle Rudes) and Solano County, California (PIs, Faye Taxman and Michael Caudy) will allow partnerships to further understand the processes of implementation.  Using mixed-method studies, faculty and graduate students will examine the receptivity and penetration of evidence-baesd practices into relevant areas of the agencies and their operations. The research will test new models of knowledge transfer by examining how feedback reports on adherence to fidelity of the evidence-based practice can improve the implementation process.  ACE is also completing a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funded innovation project, the Risk Needs Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Model, which will be used in these studies. 

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