In the News
"At Florida State, Pettus-Davis will run the Institute for Justice Research and Development...Two studies are underway. One study compares substance abuse treatment inside Florida prisons. The other assesses re-entry programs at prisons in Texas, Kentucky, Florida and Pennsylvania to get them more consistent with best practices. Pettus-Davis said she hoped to include Missouri on the list of participants."
"Five key pillars — including positive social engagement, meaningful work trajectories — needed for successful return, researcher says"
"Pettus-Davis has devoted most of her career to improving the lives of ex-prisoners, and her latest project is arguably the most significant. In 2018, she will lead a major research initiative to identify the most effective re-entry services for reducing recidivism. The eight-site, randomized controlled trial will involve more than 1,000 prisoners who are nearing release in urban and rural communities in Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas."
"The donor network helmed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is putting $4 million behind a pilot program aimed at reducing recidivism rates among former prisoners."
"Florida State University’s College of Social Work will launch an unprecedented research initiative this spring focusing on the re-entry of incarcerated persons into communities."
“The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, found that felons who served time behind bars were more likely to return to prison within five years of their release, compared to equivalent offenders who were sentenced to probation."
"Teachers, family and friends, and even volunteers puncture what seals prisoners off from the rest of humanity. If prisoners could use social media, it would allow them a virtual reentry into society so they could test the waters, instead of being dropped into them."
The university community is invited to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences’ upcoming lecture titled “Promoting Smart Decarceration through Research, Practice, and Policy Partnerships.”
Nearly two years ago this summer, in a heartfelt letter sent from a medium-security prison, Weldon Angelos said that if Koch Industries worked to release him, the company would never forget it.
With an era of decarceration of America’s penal system quickly approaching, a Washington University in St. Louis expert and co-editor of a new book offers concrete strategies for ushering in a metamorphosis of the criminal justice system.