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Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE)
In collaboration with RTI, the Justice Center is utilizing a randomized control trial to study a probation program that involves swift, certain, and consistent sanctions. During this 5 year study, researchers will evaluate implementation of the program as well as recidivism outcomes.
Located in Research / Projects
The Administration of the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania
Researchers are investigating racial disparity in death penalty sentencing in all death-eligible cases in Pennsylvania during the time period 1998-2010.
Located in Research / Projects
Pennsylvania Senate Resolution 6 – Capital Punishment
The Justice Center was named as the advisor to this agenda of research into the state of capital punishment within Pennsylvania. Justice Center researchers are involved in several research topics from the resolution including fairness, public opinion, secondary trauma, and role of mental disorder in capital punishment.
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Desistance from Crime Over the Life Course
For this project, researchers are examining the situational factors that impact offenders’ desistance from crime and violence. Offenders released from prison in 2004 will be interviewed and DOC data will be collected to form a complete picture of offenders’ backgrounds.
Located in Research / Projects
An Examination of Rural Prisoner Reentry Challenges
For this project, Justice Center researchers analyzed the key needs and challenges facing prisoners returning to rural areas. Very few programs address the skills that are most strongly associated with recidivism reduction.
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Indiana Workload Evaluation: A Multi-Methods Investigation of Probation Supervision
The Justice Center evaluated two dozen probation departments in Indiana to learn more about officer workload. The results of this study will inform probation departments about how to best distribute their caseload assignments based on the different risk and needs levels of offenders.
Located in Research / Projects
Criminal Justice Drug and Alcohol Treatment Study (CJDATS)
This study is focused on the implementation of evidence-based practices in the area of substance abuse treatment. Researchers are investigating which organizational change strategies are most effective in promoting the implementation of evidence-based practices.
Located in Research / Projects
An Examination of Pennsylvania Rural County Jails
Justice Center researchers conducted a survey of county jail wardens to learn more about treatment services and programs. They also analyzed jail population trends, demographics, and capacity. Most notably, very few jails offered programs that address criminal thinking and decision making skills.
Located in Research / Projects
Improving the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)
The Justice Center was sought out to make updates and improvements to this survey of school students conducted by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The survey layout was improved and a three-form survey design was incorporated to boost the response rate.
Located in Research / Projects
Marcellus Shale Drilling Activity and Crime Trends in Pennsylvania
In response to recent concerns about the potential negative impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling in rural PA, the Justice Center analyzed crime reports and state police incidents to address whether a relationship exists between drilling activity and increased crime in Marcellus Shale counties. Results indicated that there was no clear association during recent years.
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