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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 Jill Viglione and Brandy Blasko!
Jill accepted an Assistant Professor position (tenure track) at University of Texas San Antonio and Brandy took an Assistant Professor position (tenure track) at Sam Houston University.

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:

Estel Lee was born in South Korea and moved to Virginia with her family when she was 10. For hobby, Estel likes to bake and make pottery; she finds both very therapeutic. Estel has been studying French for a long time and hopes to be fluent some day. Estel joined ACE! This summer because she wanted more insight into criminal justice research and wanted to confirm her interest in going to graduate school.
Mark Hayward is a senior at George Mason University majoring in Criminology, Law, and Society with a minor in Intelligence Analysis and a concentration in Homeland Security. Currently I am working as a research assistant at the Center of Advancing Correctional Excellence. In the summer of 2014 Mark developed an interest in corrections working as an intern at a Sheriff’s Office in Fauquier County, Virginia. Mark spent time in the jail observing how the deputies treated inmates and how the inmates treated each other. Mark's experience there helped him realize that he wanted to spend at least a portion of his career in corrections.
Olubusola Olanrewaju is a senior at George Mason University majoring in Criminology, Law, and Society with double minors in English and Philosophy & Law. She has always been interested in various parts of our Judiciary System and chose George Mason University because of its close proximity to the D.C. area. Olubusola hopes to use the research skills obtained at ACE! to help prepare for law school.
Rachel White is a junior at George Mason University majoring in Criminology, Law & Society with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Science. She was born and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey before recently moving to Williamsburg, Virginia. She decided to attend GMU with an intent of having a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. Her interest in criminal justice stemmed from one of her professors' passionate outlook and rewarding careers in the criminology field. Rachel hopes to gain new insight and knowledge on criminal justice by being apart of ACE! and working hard towards her dream of being an agent with the FBI.
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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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