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Dr. Faye Taxman participates in International Women's Day campaign for 2014
ACE!'s Dr. Faye Taxman participated in this year’s International Women’s Day; celebrated annually on March 8. The day is set aside to “celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action."

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Technical Assistance Training
Are you a Technical Assistance provider? Are you a web-savvy go-getter who is interested in working with jurisdictions to increase their use of EBPs?! Then we have just the thing for you!!

The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University is currently seeking individuals interested in becoming technical assistance providers for SOARING 2 and the RNR Simulation Tool.

Please apply by March 31, 2014 by contacting the RNR staff at or See the PDF below for more information.

SOARING2 & The RNR Simulation Tool (Technical Assistance Training, April 2014)

Correctional Staff and Inspiration Leadership
Dr. Faye Taxman and colleagues are discussed in the Huffington Post article titled "Inspirational Leadership Turns Employee Cynicism Around, Study Finds."

To read the article, click here.

Faye Taxman presented plenary talk at APPA in Baltimore, MD
ACE! Director, Faye Taxman, presented the opening plenary talk at the American Probation and Parole Association’s summer institute held in Baltimore, MD in July.

The talk focused on the potential new directions that the probation and parole fields have available while highlighting the role new technologies can play in the future.

To view this presentation, please click here.

Faye Taxman became Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Health & Justice by SpringerOpen

ACE! Director, Faye Taxman, is now the Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Health & Justice by SpringerOpen.


For more information about this journal, please click here.


Advanced Qualitative Methods Training for CJDATS


Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence! Deputy Director Danielle Rudes and Graduate Research Assistant Jill Viglione hosted a qualitative analysis workshop Thursday, June 15th from 10 am – 3 pm. This workshop covered advanced techniques used to analyze data and how to write qualitative research studies. The training was held in the GMU TV studio in Innovation Hall, 4th floor and was recorded.


If you are interested in seeing the workshop's video recording, please contact Dr. Rudes directly at

Director Faye Taxman quoted in Stateline article
Director Faye Taxman was quoted in an April 5, 2013 Stateline article, "Ex Felons are About to Get Health Coverage."

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Director Faye Taxman on C-SPAN: Housing for Former Inmates
Director Faye Taxman talked about halfway houses, the reentry housing centers for former inmates on C-SPAN March 25, 2013. 

She detailed concerns over lax regulation of the homes and other problems, and she also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

Watch the interview on C-SPAN.
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ACE! and Griffith University
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  Director Faye Taxman meets with Griffith University professors of criminology: Kylie Doyle, Kate Smith, Professor James Byrne, and Professor Philip Stenning.

This meeting is the beginning of an international collaboration.
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conducts collaborative and creative research to assist policy makers and correctional practitioners with using evidence-based practices and treatments. We work with our partners in crafting new policies focused on preventing criminal behavior instead of simply responding to it.
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Advancing Practice: October 2013
Advancing Practice: April 2013
What are the 5 myths of incarceration? Learn about them here!
"Tools of the Trade: A Guide to Implementing Science Into Practice"
JSTEPS Presentations

VIDEO: In November 2011, Dr. Faye Taxman spoke with VERA Institute of Justice director, Michael Jacobson, about how US corrections systems can adopt practices to help reduce recidivism - a shift that will require substantive and cultural changes.



Interested in Graduate School at GMU?

Here are a few research opportunities for our students. Explore, consider, and discuss exciting research to advance the field of crime and health policies!

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  Spotlight icon Spotlight: ACE! Welcomes Undergraduate Research Assistants  

Working within the framework of George Mason's Students as Scholars Initiative, ACE! hires several Undergraduate Research Assistant positions each semester and over the summer. These positions provide students with insight to life in graduate school, opportunities to work with faculty, and first-hand experience at scholarship inquiry and development within an active criminal justice research center. Undergraduate Research Assistants participate in ACE! orientation and project-specific training and are assigned a graduate student mentor for the duration of their research assistantship. Students are given weekly task lists that outline their project-related duties so as to provide a simple structure to follow. To find out more about this program, please see page 11 of ACE!'s March 2012 publication of Advancing Practice. ACE! is pleased to welcome the following Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Rachel Fulghum is an Undergraduate Assistant at ACE!. She is pursuing an Undergraduate Degree at George Mason University in Criminology, Law and Society with a Concentration in Criminal Justice. Her research interests are rehabilitation programs within America’s prisons, alternative methods of incarceration for juveniles, drug courts, and drug/human trafficking in first-world countries.
Alec Lamp is a 21 year old Junior studying Criminology at George Mason University. Alec was born and raised in Woodbridge, Virginia and graduated from Garfield Senior High school in 2011. While he was at Garfield, he participated in the wrestling program and did four years of Marine Corps JROTC. Alec's original intentions were to join the military, but was dissuaded from joining and sought rather to study criminology. Alec says he has always held an interest in studying the way our laws and judicial system coalesce into the social structure that we all live and participate in. His hope is to engage in a career with the U.S. Marshal Service.
Stacey Nelson is 18 years old and from Richmond, Virginia, where she has lived all her life. Stacey was in the IB Program all throughout high school and received a 1930 on the SAT. Stacey worked three different jobs this past summer so that she could pay for her first year of college by herself. Stacey is majoring in Criminology, Law, and Society and believes it was a miracle that she was able to join the ACE! team for her federal work study job. As soon as she saw her acceptance/offer letter, she jumped on the opportunity. According to Stacey, working at ACE! means not only being able to work closely with top-notch criminology researchers but also being able to acquire her own set of special skills throughout the school year that she can later apply in real life or in her academic studies.
Gina Salinas is a freshman undergraduate student. Her main reason for joining ACE! is because she is a Criminology major and her new position at ACE! deals mainly with research in the field of Criminology. Gina believes her work at ACE! will give depth to the things she will be learning this semester. She hopes to improve her skills as a researcher while at ACE!, since it is something she struggled with in high school while writing research papers. Gina hopes to learn more about the criminology field during her time at ACE!. Future plans for Gina includes graduate school and then to become a lawyer.
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An implementation study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), where five federal jurisdictions are introducing Contingency Management, an evidence-based practice using rewards and sanctions, with members of their Probation populations.

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Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR)

A project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, where we are working to develop a RNR Simulation Tool to assist agencies to use the risk-need-responsivity approach in practice through defining the type and nature of correctional options available in their jurisdictions.

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In this project, we are working with researchers from across the country to create a synthesis of evidence in the area of justice health, beginning with a review of existing meta-analyses that have been conducted to examine the different interventions tested, outcomes measured, study techniques, and resulting evidence.
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Dr. Faye Taxman

ACE! Director Dr. Faye Taxman is a methodologist specializing in randomized trials and interventions for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. She is recognized for her work in the development of the seamless systems of care models that link the criminal justice with other service delivery systems. Faye is a leader in translational research and has developed numerous tools that advance the field.

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Dr. Danielle Rudes

ACE! Deputy Director Dr. Daniell Rudes' research falls at the nexus of organizational theory and socio-legal studies where she is broadly interested in understanding how street-level workers negotiate organizational change and the impact their decisions have upon policy and practice. Danielle is involved in qualitative fieldwork and data collection examining various aspects of organizational change among police in Trinidad, among Federal Drug Court work-groups, and with correctional officers in Maryland.

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