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Silent Auction for a Worthy Cause
On September 19, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU students) and George Mason University (GMU students) are coming together to provide a Social Jazz Event to help fund job training programs and educational opportunities to give an at-risk youth another chance.

To learn more about the event and silent auction, view the flyer here.

ACE! Partners with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) to examine what factors make a probation agency "ready" to adopt evidence-based practices (EBPs)
ACE! researcher Stephanie Maass has partnered with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) to examine what factors make a probation agency "ready" to adopt evidence-based practices (EBPs). During this 18-month partnership, ACE! will train over 60 management-level officers at 9 districts to be internal fidelity coaches who monitor and assist officers in using EBPs. To ensure all officers have the same level of knowledge about EBPs, nearly 300 probation officers will also receive training on core correctional practices via an online training platform developed by ACE! (SOARING 3). By understanding what factors make a probation agency ready to adopt EBPs we can work with agencies do build their readiness factors prior to engaging in the adoption process and increase their likelihood of successful implementation of evidence-based practices.

Look for preliminary findings from this and other ACE! projects at this year's American Society of Criminology Annual Conference (see for conference location and details).

Meet our summer 2015 NIDA intern!
Mary Mun is a sophomore at New York University studying Global Public Health and Applied Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is from Chantilly, Virginia and was sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Program to work at ACE! at George Mason University as a research assistant. Mary worked on the MAPIT project in Baltimore, Maryland with her interest in better serving the community and learning more about human behavior.

Take a look at Mary's presentation to learn more about her work over the summer!

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 ACE! Alumni!
Congratulations to a group of ACE alumni that will be starting new positions this fall. Dr. Lincoln Sloas, class of 2015, has started a position as Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Jill Viglione, also class of 2015, has started a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio. Previously ACE! Post Doctoral Researchers, Dr. Brandy Blasko will be an Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State Univeristy and Dr. Liana Taylor has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas A&M University - Central Texas.


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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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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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:

Claudia Harvey started her path for a Bachelors degree at the age of 48 after raising a son and a daughter. She is a junior this semester in the Social Work program, recently graduated from the Prince William County Citizens Police Academy. Claudia joined ACE! this semester to get an inside look at our criminal justice system. Learning about research and how we can help inmates sounded interesting to her. Claudia was born in Katmandu, Nepal and have lived in Laos, the Philippines and Australia. She has also worked as a Special Education Teacher Assistant.
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.
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.
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.
Zachary Smith is a senior at George Mason University with a major in Criminology, Law, and Society, and a minor in Sociology. His intent is to likely join the military, or state law enforcement after graduation, and then transition into federal law enforcement. Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, he enjoys playing paintball, watching hockey, reading and cooking in his spare time. Zach's interest in ACE! stems from a belief that given the complex nature of law enforcement, knowledge and experience obtained while working with those involved in research or corrections is invaluable in today's world.
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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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