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Published: | Author: Kara Irby | Source: Florida State University News

Carrie Pettus-Davis, the executive director and founder of Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development, has received the 2019 Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award, presented by the American Society of Criminology.

The award honors a scholar who has significantly advanced differential intervention science to promote improved social and personal adjustment and long-term change among incarcerated individuals.

Published: | Source: Florida State University News

Is a smart phone app the answer to increasing support and improving well-being among individuals under community supervision? A team of researchers led by two Florida State University scholars intends to find out with the help of a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Justice.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, executive director and founder of the Institute for Justice Research and Development, and Sudhir Aggarwal, professor of computer science at FSU, are co-principal investigators for the project. They will partner with Marcus Rogers and Umit Karabiyik at Purdue University and Tathagata Mukherjee and Haeyong Chung at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Researchers will engage in a 4-year study using artificial intelligence techniques within an app and a wearable device to provide support to individuals as they leave incarceration and come home.

Published: | Source: News4Jax

The Florida Department of Corrections and researchers at Florida State University said Monday they will partner to study whether treating symptoms of trauma in incarcerated men can help reduce chances of returning to prison.

Behind bars, the program will focus on treating the men’s mental-health and substance-abuse issues through a “holistic” approach. The program will focus on helping them manage their anger, cope with trauma and find jobs and housing upon release.

“Treating trauma among this population may be the key to improving outcomes and helping these young men develop and enhance their well-being and thrive at home,” said Stephen Tripodi, who is part of a three-person research team at FSU’s Institute for Justice Research and Development.

This story was also picked up by WLRN-Miami/South Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat, and WUSF in Tampa Bay..

Published: | Author: Kara Irby | Source: Florida State University News

Florida State University has received a grant totaling nearly $1.2 million from the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the effectiveness of a comprehensive trauma-based re-entry program for young adult men.

A team of researchers including Carrie Pettus-Davis, Stephen Tripodi and Tanya Renn of the Institute for Justice Research and Development at the FSU College of Social Work will conduct a 5-year randomized controlled trial. The study will be aimed at addressing trauma as a key mechanism to increase support, improve well-being, and reduce reincarceration for young men as they leave prison and return to their communities. 

Published: | Author: Bill Rone | Source: Lexington Herald Leader

Bill Rone, one of our Post-Master's Fellows, sacrificed his right to vote to help Kentuckians releasing from prison. Read more about what that means for his own freedom.


A group of independent researchers with Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Reform and Development has announced their latest findings to determine the best practices for individuals re-entering our communities after serving their time. The research informs the work of Safe Streets & Second Chances, a first-of-its-kind re-entry initiative launched last year in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. A recent report details the greatest challenges to enacting reentry reform.

Published: | Author: Nancy Revell | Source: Florida State University News

The event, with nearly 100 guests in attendance, featured spoken-word artist Lamont Carey of Washington, D.C., and Bill Rone, a re-entry specialist, who was incarcerated three times during his lifetime for drug crimes. Rone also is a member of the inaugural class of Post-Master’s Fellows at IJRD.

Carey and Rone shared their personal experiences with the criminal justice system and the many ways in which their lives, families and communities were and forever will be impacted. The event concluded with facilitated discussion and a question-and-answer session with Pettus-Davis, Carey and Rone. “Transforming approaches to criminal justice is the civil rights issue of our time, it is the human rights issue of our time, it is the justice issue of our time and it is the liberty issue of our time,” Pettus-Davis said.

Published: | Author: John Koufos | Source: Fox News

"More and more employers are realizing that second chance hiring is not only good for their businesses but also good for society as inmates with meaningful jobs are far less likely to return to criminal activity," writes John Koufos, national director of reentry initiatives at Right On Crime and an integral member of Safe Streets and Second Chances. "As a former prisoner myself, this initiative is personal to me. When behind bars, no one asked me for money – but nearly everyone asked me for a job." 

Published: | Source: Florida State University News

A first of its kind, the Post-Master’s Fellowship is the only fellowship in the nation that provides master’s level social workers in-depth, hands-on training opportunities with criminal justice-involved individuals and families. Fellows develop specialized and highly sought-after skills that provide an excellent foundation for the next steps of their career.


In a heart-wrenching letter, Carrie Pettus-Davis, IJRD's Executive Director, describes how the existence of a 17-year gap between scientific innovation and actual changes to policy and practice directly affects her family. The report details the steps she and her team are taking to accelerate the scientific process and improve outcomes.   

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