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.
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 email@example.com.
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."
Residential halfway houses are a critical part of the community corrections system in many states and the federal government. Recent attention is given to the nature of services provided to people residing in the centers. Dr. Faye Taxman and her team conducted a study that was cited in the New York Timesregarding the efficacy of these centers that was published on December 13, 2012. The study identified several improvements to advance practices of services available to offenders. For further information about this study, visit the"What Works in Residential Reentry Centers Monograph" section of our publications page.
Welcome to the Center
Collaborative and creative research to advance evidence-based practices
ACE! 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.
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!
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:
Audrey Hine is a senior at George Mason University double majoring in Business Management and Criminology, Law, and Society, with a concentration in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating in December of 2013, she hopes to work in the investigations field with a local or federal government agency. Her research interests include human trafficking, crime analysis, and policing.
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.
Matt Rusinak is currently a GMU junior working towards a Degree in Criminology with a concentration in Homeland Security and hopefully a double minor. Matt joined ACE! because he believes it will be very interesting and relevant to his career choice to get some experience with research and fieldwork. Matt thinks working at ACE! presents a very interesting opportunity to learn a lot about how research works and ways to ensure accurate results. He hopes to learn a lot about the processes and interactions between researchers and participants during his time at ACE!. Once he is done with his internship at ACE!, he plans to look into interning with local law enforcement and then possibly with a government department.
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.
JSTEPS 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.
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.
EMTAP 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.
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.
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.