Press Releases & Press Conferences

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

FSU College of Social Work Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development Stephen J. Tripodi led a team of researchers in examining the benefits of the intervention program. Their findings were published in print in the journal Research on Social Work Practice. “It is time to move beyond a focus on recidivism and to work toward improving health outcomes and overall well-being among incarcerated women,” Tripodi said. “Developing well-being is likely the key to reducing incarcerated women’s distress, connecting them to their family and community and helping to ensure that they never return to prison.”

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The College of Social Work celebrated the Institute for Justice Research and Development on Thursday, April 18th at the Augustus B. Turnbull Center. A crowd of 100 was in attendance to learn more about the newest multidisciplinary research institute to find a home at FSU. Newly appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections Mark Inch headlined the event. Inch spoke about the recent passage of the First Step Act and how the criminal justice system should take a holistic approach to retribution, incapacitation, and deterrence, with meaningful rehabilitation and restoration of the nearly 12,000 individuals released from prisons each week across our nation. “IJRD is an exciting new force in making meaningful change in our Florida communities,” Secretary Inch stated.

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During a press conference in Kentucky, IJRD Executive Director Carrie Pettus-Davis joins\ed Governor Matt Bevin, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet John Tilley, Safe Streets & Second Chances Advisory Council members Mark Holden and John Koufos to highlight the impact of the 5-Key Model for Reentry on the well-being and success of individuals released from incarceration in Kentucky.

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In the months after release from incarceration, formerly incarcerated individuals face significant stress and anxiety that could affect their ability to successfully reenter society, new data shows. The new data also shows that the anxiety and stress is shared by family members, and can last for months after incarceration has ended.  

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According to a new report published by Florida State University researchers at the Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD), individuals are highly motivated to find and maintain employment, reconnect with their loved ones, and stay out of prison. 

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Published: | Source: FSU CSW News

Social work researcher, Carrie Pettus-Davis, joined the FSU College of Social Work faculty this summer to continue the research she started at the Washington University in St. Louis on criminal justice and prison reform.

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During a press conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Safe Streets & Second Chances leaders discuss the multi-state, multi-site randomized controlled trial of the 5-Key Model for Reentry with reentry partners in the state. 

Published: | Source: FSU CSW News

Dr. Renn works with individuals currently or recently involved in the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on individual experiences of trauma, engagement in high-risk behaviors like substance abuse, and their well-being. 

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Incarcerated individuals want to be rehabilitated, are eager for a second chance, and are emotionally capable of successfully reentering society, new independent data shows.