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At ACE!, we take full advantage of our location in the exciting Washington, DC metropolitan area, which allows us to host and attend events in the criminal justice and public health fields. We host several events each year, some directed at researchers, others at practitioners, policymakers, and the community as a whole. In October 2011, we hosted the annual Addiction Health Services Research Conference at the Mason Inn and Conference Center. In January 2011, we were thrilled to host our first symposium, along with U.S. Senator Jim Webb and Pat Nolan of Prison Fellowship.
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A Conversation with Keramet Reiter on Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

George Mason’s University’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) & the Department of Criminology, Law & Society Proudly Present A Conversation with Keramet Reiter on Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons. Keramet Reiter is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine.

This event will take place Monday, November 14th from 11:00am to 12:15pm at the Johnson Center (Fairfax Campus), 334, Meeting Room E.

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  Recent ACE! Events
ACE! is co-sponsoring the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health


Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence is co-sponsoring the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health.


Join us on March 17-18 in Baltimore, MD at the Embassy Suites


A number of exciting presentations including those from Marissa Kiss and Jennifer Lerch of ACE!.


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Workshop: Using Qualitative Methods in Criminal Justice Research

Qualitative methods offer a pathway into the “How” and “Why” questions that strictly quantitative research often neglects or overlooks. This workshop will cover a variety of topics related to qualitative methods to provide an overview of the method(s) and discuss some of the challenges associated with collecting, coding, analyzing and publishing qualitative data.

Topics include:

  1. Methodological choices (i.e., sampling, theoretical framing)
  2. Fieldwork Strategies (i.e., style, how-to)
  3. Coding/Analysis (including a peek at a popular software program, Atlas.ti)
  4. Overcoming Challenges (i.e., access, design, limitations)

Friday, December 4, 2015
10:30am – 12:00pm
PADOC, 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA
Conference Room # 150


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Qualitative Workshops

Join us for a collaborative workshop discussing and learning qualitative research methods. All workshops are held in the 3rd floor conference room of the Commerce Building (4087 University Drive, FFX). Snacks will be provided!


September 21st 2-3 pm
Grounded Theory
October 5th 2-3 pm
Qualitative data

November 2nd 2-3 pm
Analytic Strategies
December 7th 2-3 pm
Methodological Challenges


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Instrument Validation Seminar Series
Join us for our Instrument Validation Seminar Series:

10:00-11:00, 16 September
Data Management & Cleaning
by Sara Del Principe & Brittney Via

10:00-11:00, 6 October
Instrument Validation
by Karen Souza & Dr. Faye Taxman

10:00-11:00, 13 October
ROC Curve
by Karen Souza & Dr. Faye Taxman

George Mason University
Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence!
4087 University Drive
2nd Floor Conference Room

Contact Karen at or download the flyer for more information.

Community Discussion: Alleviating the Collateral Damages of Arrest & Conviction

Thursday, September 18, 2014
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – designed for practitioners
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – designed for the general public

George Mason University, Arlington Campus
3301 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201

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Forum on the Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration

Event in partnership with OAR & the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NADL).

September 18, 2014, 2:30pm

Founders Hall 125 & 126 - Multipurpose Rooms at the Arlington GMU Campus

2014 Howard-Dartmouth Collaborative Summer School - June 9-13, 2014

Dr. Faye Taxman will be a speaker at this year's Howard-Dartmouth Collaborative Summer School: Recovery of African Americans with Mental Illness taking place June 9-13 from 8am to 4pm.


Howard University
Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, 4th Floor
501 W Street NW, Washington, DC 20059


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OAR Film Screening, "The House I Live In" - January 7, 2014
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ACE! Is partnering with Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR) & the Arlington Reentry Council Faith-Based Collaborative, a subcommittee of the Arlington Reentry Council, to host a film screening at George Mason's Arlington campus on January 7, 2014. The film, “The House I Live In,” is a fantastic documentary about the failed War on Drugs and the disastrous effect it has had on certain segments of society.


A panel discussion will follow the film, which will include several of OAR's clients. The event will take place in the auditorium in Founders Hall on the Arlington Campus for January 7 from 5pm-9pm.

The Fairfax Re-entry Council held its inaugural seminar on September 19th, “Re-entry: Building a Safer Community.”

The journey back home from incarceration is fraught with obstacles that, without support, can result in re-offenses and re-incarceration for some. It takes a coordinated, committed community response to help individuals successfully navigate these challenges and return to make positive contributions to the community. Join representatives from local government, nonprofit human service organizations, faith groups, area businesses, law enforcement and housing providers as we learn how other jurisdictions assist returning citizens to find jobs, homes and stable lives; and dialogue about what we can do to facilitate positive re-entry outcomes in Fairfax County.


Questions? E-mail

Established under the Virginia Community Re-entry Initiative, the Fairfax Re-entry Council is an interagency, public-private partnership that aims to increase public safety and reduce recidivism of citizens recently released from incarceration through more effective re-entry planning and service delivery in the community.  The Council has representatives from the local department of social services, community organizations, law enforcement, corrections, faith-based organizations and community members.



Dr. Taxman led Opening Session at the 38th Annual Training Institute in Baltimore, July 28, 2013.

On July 28  Dr. Taxman led the Opening Session, "Embracing the NEW Supervision Frontiers," at the American Probation and Parole Association's 38th Annual Training Institute in Baltimore. To view this presentation, please click here. For other ACE! Presentations, please click here


Law & Society Association Meetings in Boston, May 2013.
  Drs. Danielle Rudes and Shannon Portillo attended the Law & Society Association Meetings in Boston this past May. Pictured right, they are with famed author, Michael Lipsky, who wrote Street Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service (1908/2010).
ACE! members present at the DC Health Communication Conference at the Mason Inn on Friday, March 29, 2013
Jennifer Lerch, Michael Caudy, and Stephanie Maass recently presented on the innovative web-based tools being developed in the MAPIT, RNR, and SOARING projects at the 2nd Annual DC Health Communication Conference. Check out the posters below!

Jennifer presented MAPIT (Motivational Assessment Program to Initiate Treatment), which is a 2-session, web-based intervention aimed at increasing treatment initiation, engagement, and retention among individuals new to probation. This poster describes the development process taken in creating MAPIT, including the theoretical foundations, focus group feedback, piloting results, and the final product. Attendees at the conference were very interested in the steps taken to develop this type of interactive, automated tool and shared their own experiences creating similar products aimed at changing behaviors among different populations. Jennifer greatly enjoyed getting to engage with colleagues in other fields, such as health, about learned experiences using automated technologies to promote changing human behaviors is one of the great benefits of participating in cross-disciplinary conferences such as this. It was very clear that the use of automated technologies, such as MAPIT, is quickly growing in a multitude of fields, which can continue to learn from one another best practices to promote behavior change.

Download the poster for MAPIT.

Michael presented the RNR Simulation Tool during the poster session. The RNR Simulation Tool is a web-based decision support tool designed to facilitate responsivity to the health service needs of justice-involved individuals. Michael’s presentation provided an overview of the tool and discussed how it was validated and how it can be used as a knowledge translation guide for behavioral health services in the justice system. Michael found it very interesting to see the parallels between what is going on in the health field and what we routinely observe in the criminal justice system in terms of barriers to communication between researchers, administrators, and front line staff. He also found it interesting to discuss the barriers to successful implementation of evidence-based interventions with colleagues in the medical field who experience many of the same obstacles as researchers working in the criminal justice field. Michael received very positive feedback about the RNR Simulation Tool and found the session to be very informative. Stephanie presented the design and preliminary results of SOARING 2, a training model that combines eLearning and coaching to improve probation officers’ knowledge and use of evidence-based practices. Potential changes in officer-client interactions as a result of the SOARING 2 model was of particular interest to conference attendees.

Download the poster for the RNR Simulation Tool.

Stephanie had several discussions with attendees regarding potential changes in the nature and style of communication between officers and clients during observations versus regular one-on-one interactions, as well as the general change in communication between officers and clients that could result from adoption of evidence-based practices, such as when clients become more engaged in the supervision process, as they work to problem-solve on an increasing basis, and as they move towards desistance. SOARING 2 was favorably viewed as a training model that could ultimately improve officer-client interactions and change client perceptions of the supervision process.

Download the poster for SOARING 2.

Postdoctoral Researcher Michael Caudy presents a poster on the RNR Simulation Tool at the DC Health Communication Conference at the Mason Inn on Friday, March 29, 2013.

ACE! members presented at The American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting in Chicago, IL, November 14-17, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Michael Caudy & Research Associate Jennifer Lerch presented Examining the role of county context in predicting recidivism among federal prisoners.
  • Jennifer Lerch presented Examining the role of organizational factors in reentry success.
  • Jennifer Lerch presented poster titled, The impact of system factors on length of time in residential reentry centers.
  • Assistant Director Shannon Portillo presented An empirical analysis of justice: How we study justice in sociolegal studies.
  • Deputy Director Danielle Rudes presented Qualitative fieldwork contributions to experimental design and implementation science in criminal justice settings.
  • Danielle Rudes served as a discussant on panel with Drs. Faye S. Taxman, Shadd Maruna, and Fergus McNeill, titled Discovering desistance: Increasing and using knowledge about desisting from crime.
  • Amy Murphy and Faye S.Taxman presented, Assessing the use of points and rewards in five federal probation districts: A contingency management approach.
  • GRA Jill Viglione presented Therapeutic jurisprudence: How judges operate within problem-solving courts.


ACE! Director Faye Taxman (center), along with colleagues Shadd Maruna (left) and Fergus McNeill (right) present "The Road From Crime" at the American Society of Criminology's annual conference in Chicago.

ACE! members present at The Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) conference in New York, NY, October 17-19, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Michael Caudy & Director Faye Taxman presented poster titled, The RNR simulation tool: Knowledge translation for health services criminology.

  • Amy Murphy presented Assessing offender outcomes of the JSTEPS implementation study.

  • GRA Jill Viglione presented Implementation of contingency management: The exploration of team dynamics and the shifting of courtroom workgroup roles.

SOARING-2 training hosted at GMU

Six probation and parole agencies from across the US--San Francisco, CA; New York City; Hidalgo County, Texas; Allegheny County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; and Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, Iowa-- are participating in the SOARING 2 project. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), SOARING-2 tests an eLearning system focused on the skills associated with using evidence-based supervision practices to effectively manage an offender population. Each site’s internal coaches attended a GMU-hosted training on August 7 and 8 with Director Denise O’Donnell and Dr. Ed Banks from BJA. Pictured right, GRA Erin Crites leads the group in a training session. Following the training, the SOARING-2 coaches returned to their jurisdictions to host “kick-off” meetings prior to an official project launch.

ACE! members present at the Law & Society Annual Meetings in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • GRA Lincoln Sloas presented "Implementation and change talk: Processual differences among study sites during planned practice change in criminal justice settings," June 6, 2012.
  • Deputy Director Danielle S. Rudes and Assistant Director Shannon Portillo presented "Redifining the win: Adversarial justice at work in therapeutic drug court environments," June 7, 2012.
  • GRA Jill Viglione presented "Front-stage stars and backstage producers: The role of judges in problem-solving courts," June 7, 2012.
  • GRA Stephanie Ainsworth and Shannon Portillo presented at a roundtable "A systematic analysis of justice in sociolegal scholarship" (Sponsored by CRN01 Conceptualizing and Measuring Justice: The Sociolegal Justice Project), June 8, 2012.

Shannon Portillo Vision Series presentation
On April 23, Assistant Director Shannon Portillo presented "Doing justice: How professionals understand and make justice decisions" on George Mason's Prince William Campus' Hylton Center as part of George Mason University's Vision Series. In her lecture, Dr. Portillo compared how academics conceptualize and measure justice with how practitioners implement and do justice, considering professionals' day-to-day justice decisions and how these actions result in the process of "doing justice."
Study Group on Behavioral and Health Interventions hosts a talk with Daniel Almirall
ACE! co-hosted an event for the Study Group on Behavioral and Health Interventions on Monday April 23, 2012. Daniel Almirall, from the University of Michigan, led a seminar on Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (SMART) in Mason Hall's Meese Conference Room. A video of the event is forthcoming and will be posted on the Intervention's website in the near future:

Study Group on Behavioral and Health Interventions Showcase

ACE! co-hosted the second event for the Study Group on Behavioral and Health Interventions on Monday February 27, 2012. This event took place in the Sub II Ballroom (The Hub). During the event students and faculty showcased their work in the area of interventions. Students presented on panels focused on the topics of Innovative Programs, Research Designs and Methods, and Translational Science. Matthew Zingraff, Associate Dean CHSS, and Keith Howell, Associate Dean CHHS, were among the audience of faculty and student peers. Pictured to the right, Dr. Zingraff and Dr. Howell present awards to student panalists for their work in the field.


If you would like to attend future events hosted by the Study Group on Behavioral and Health Interventions, please contact us at

Evidence-based Treatments in the Prison System in Ukraine
In February 2012, Dr. Faye Taxman participated in a conference in Kiev to examine implementation issues regarding the use of medically assisted treatments in the prison system and health systems in the Ukraine. The meeting was designed to provide feedback on organizational surveys about the attitudes towards using EBPs in the Ukraine prison system for opioid addicts. Pictured to the right with Dr. Taxman is Nina Kerimi of the United Nations and Rick Altice, Professor of Medicine at Yale University.
American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting

Washington, DC

November 16-17, 2011

Several ACE! researchers presented at the recent meeting, including:

  • Faye Taxman and James Byrne. “A Risk, Need, Responsivity-Based Model of Offender Placement.” Wednesday 9:30-10:50 AM
  • Jennifer Lerch and Jill Viglione.  “Measuring Change in a Correctional Environment.” Wednesday 3:30-4:50 PM
  • Jill Viglione and Danielle Rudes. “Differential Adherence: Correctional Officers and Therapeutic Reform in a Reentry Facility.” Wednesday 3:30-4:50 PM
  • Erin Crites. “Impact of County Clinical Care on Drug Court Graduation in Maryland.” Thursday 8:00-9:20 AM
  • Carolyn Watson and Amy Murphy. “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: The State of Knowledge on Evidence-Based Practices.” Thursday 9:30-10:50 AM
  • Alese Wooditch, Stephanie Ainsworth, Faye Taxman, and Liansheng Tang. “Which Criminogenic Need Changes Affect Criminal Offending and Drug Use among Probationers?” Thursday 11:00-12:20 AM
  • Jill Viglione and Danielle Rudes. “Juvenile Probation Officers: How the Perception of Roles Affects Training Experiences for Evidence-Based Practice Implementation.” Thursday 3:30-4:50 PM
  • Erin Crites and Stephanie Ainsworth. “Analysis of the Justice-Related Issues of a Risk, Needs, Responsivity (RNR) Approach.” Thursday 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Kerri Christina Legette, Faye Taxman, and Harold Dean Trulear. “Healing Communities Reentry Initiative: Community Perceptions of a Faith Based Program.” Friday 8:00-9:20 AM
  • Shannon Portillo and Danielle Rudes. “Redefining the Win: Adversarial Justice at Work in Therapeutic Jurisprudence Settings.” Friday 12:30-1:50 PM
  • Danielle Rudes. “Embedded Routine Passivity: Organizational Reform in an American Prison.” Friday 2:00-3:20 PM
  • Amy Murphy and Lincoln Sloas. “The Colors of Compliance: Contingency Management and Client Compliance in a Multi-Site Study.” Saturday 8:30-9:50 AM
  • Stephanie Ainsworth. “Who are Our Offenders? The Risk and Needs of the Incarcerated Population.” Saturday 10:00-11:20 AM
  • Erin Crites. “Applying the RNR Model to Program Categorization.” Saturday 10:00-11:20 AM

Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Annual Conference


On October 3-5, 2011, ACE! hosted the annual conference for Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR). This conference serves as a gathering of scholars and policymakers who work across disciplines to address issues related to addiction.


The conference program is available here: Program

Materials from the conference are available here: Conference Material


JDC Judges Networking Conference

Wheeling, WV

October, 2011

ACE! Symposium with Prison Fellowship and U.S. Senator Jim Webb: Undoing the Effects of Mass Incarceration

d 5 Myths of Mass Incarceration

c Speaker Bios


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Fergus McNeill on Desistance
ACE! welcomed Fergus McNeill for a talk on Desistance Research: Wave of the Future on November 22, 2010 in Mason Hall. Professor McNeill teaches criminology and social work at the University of Glasgow and is co-editor of the book Offender Supervision: New Directions in Theory, Research, and Practice (2010). ACE! researchers contributed two chapters to this book.
VIDEO: In November 2010, ACE! hosted international criminologist Fergus McNeill for a talk and question-and-answer session on desistance research at George Mason University.

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