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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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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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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:

Kelly Snarr is a Junior at George Mason University majoring in Criminology with a concentration in Homeland Security and minors in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Intelligence Analysis. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, but came to GMU in order to be closer to DC and the vast opportunities the city provides. Kelly is an undergraduate research assistant with ACE!’s Project STRIDE2, although her interests in the criminal justice field range from prisons to community building. She hopes to gain skills and experience through ACE! that will help propel her towards a career path.
Rachel Hendrix is a sophomore Government and International Politics major at George Mason University. She is from Walnutport, Pennsylvania, and she has decided to come to this area to take advantage of the many opportunities that the Washington, D.C. area has to offer. Rachel has always held an interest in Criminology and Law, and she hopes to gain wide-ranging experience from her time at ACE!. She hopes to use this experience to better prepare herself for law school in the future. In Rachel's spare time she likes to run and travel as much as possible.
Nicole Taylor is a senior at GMU, studying Criminology with minors in Intelligence Analysis and Russian. She is a 2011 grad from Kellam High School in Virginia Beach. Nicole is interested in Criminology at all levels, having conducted individual research with inmates at a local jail, to pursuing federal positions. She will graduate from Mason in May 2015 and plans to stay in northern Virginia to remain close to DC.
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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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