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ACE! article among the 10 top-read articles of 2014 from Criminal Justice and Behavior!
Congratulations to Alese Wooditch, Larry Tang (GMU Statistics Department), and Faye!

Their article titled “Which Criminogenic Need Changes Are Most Important in Promoting Desistance From Crime and Substance Use?” was listed as one of CJB’s top-read articles for 2014. As a result, it is Open Access and free for downloading – this means practitioners (and others) without academic journal privileges can access this article!

Congratulations on this important, and well-read, work!

Congratulations to Dr. Lincoln Sloas!
Lincoln Sloas, class of 2015, has started a position as Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.


Recent ACE! Awards
Graduate Research Assistant Jill Viglione received two competitive and prestigious awards. Viglione received an NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (dissertation grant) for her dissertation project titled: Bridging the Research/Practice Gap: Street-Level Decision Making and Historical Influences Related to Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Probation. Additionally, she received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for this project as well. Congratulations to Jill on these two huge accomplishments!

Deputy Director Danielle Rudes received an award from NIJ titled Implementing, Disseminating and Translating Evidence-Based Policy/Practice in Community Corrections. The research will determine how community corrections managers and staff: 1) define EBPs; 2) seek/gather information regarding EBPs, 3) understand EBPs and their role in their agency, and 4) adapt/adopt EBPs to fit within existing agency policies and practices. Congratulations, Dr. Rudes!

Research Associate Jennifer Lerch received a travel award for the AHSR (Addiction Health Services Research) conference in October from NIDA. Lerch will present What Predicts Continued Substance Use among Probationers at the conference later this month. Go JEN!!!!

GRA Jill Viglione Awarded NSF Dissertation Funding
Jill received word twas awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project: Bridging the Research/Practice Gap: Street-Level Decision Making and Historical Influences related to Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Probation. This is a very competitive and prestigious award. ACE! is so proud of Jill’s accomplishment!

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 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.


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Advancing Practice: June 2015
When Agencies Partner: Key Components of Positive Supervision and Service Agency Partnerships
Advancing Practice: May 2014
Advancing Practice: October 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.



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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:

Summer Shepherd is a senior at George Mason University in the School of Nursing. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia and came to Mason to obtain a bachelors in the science of nursing. Summer has a passion for public health and an interest in inmate health care. At ACE!, Summer is working on the prison project in Pennsylvania, conducting surveys inmates and facility workers.
Cierra Peterson is a Senior at George Mason University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. She was born in Washington, DC and has lived in the DMV her whole life. Cierra has decided to stay in the area to take full advantage of what it has to offer. Her future plans are to attend graduate school in a criminal justice/ criminology program and to work with juvenile offenders to help them to choice a better path.
Mariam Hanna is a senior at GMU majoring in Criminology, Law, and Society and minoring in Psychology. She always been very passionate about being involved in the criminal justice field, as most of her family works with it. She believes it is very fulfilling to do work where you actually feel like you’re making a difference in the community and to the country.
Naomi Yonas is a junior at George Mason University majoring in Criminology with a concentration in Law and Society and a minor in Intelligence Analysis. She was born in Ethiopia and raised in Rapphannock, Virginia. She chose to attend GMU because of the vast opportunities in the Criminology field. Her interest in criminal justice ranges from researching various subjects concerning prisons and law enforcement. She hopes to learn from being part of ACE!, working towards her career path of becoming a lawyer and by preparing for law school.
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ACE! is working with Ralph Serin of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada on a new project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In this study, we are developing tools to assist correctional agencies in translating research into practice and to train agencies in evidence-based practices.

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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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MAPIT examines the impact that In-Person Motivational Interviewing (MI) versus a Motivational Computer Program (MC) has on probationers outcomes with court determined drug and alcohol conditions as compared to standard probation.
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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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