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Senate Resolution 6 Report on the Death Penalty Released

In 2011, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed Resolution #6, which called for a portfolio of research on 17 topics related to the death penalty in Pennsylvania.  The Justice Center for Research was named as a research advisor to this effort, with the PA Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) serving as overall project manager.  Center members, including Center Managing Director Gary Zajac, Center Director Derek Kreager, and Center affiliates John Kramer and Jeff Ulmer, contributed research to several of the topics, including collateral consequences of death sentencing, public opinion, mental health, and disparity in sentencing.  The JSGC has just released the final overall report for the SR6 project. Read the final report.

"Share Your Opioid Story" featured in Penn State News

Penn State researchers hope website humanizes, helps others affected by opioids

That is the purpose behind “Share Your Opioid Story,” an initiative designed to raise public awareness of the impact of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and empower Pennsylvanians affected by the epidemic to talk openly about the effects of opioid addiction. Stories of individuals, family members, and friends affected by the epidemic can be found — and shared — online at shareyouropioidstory.com

Read the full feature here.

Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar, Glenn Sterner, Interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers

Dr. Glenn Sterner, Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar, was recently interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers about his research on the opioid crisis.  In the interview Glenn discusses Justice Center for Research projects, including Identifying and Informing Strategies for Disrupting Drug Distribution Networks: An Application of Community Policing to Opiate Flows in Pennsylvania, Share Your Opioid Story: A Collaboration between Independence Blue Cross Foundation, The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Penn State University, and Understanding the Individual and Social Network Characteristics of Opiate Users in Rural Pennsylvania with Host Sheila Hyland.

Watch the interview

Blog Post by Justice Center for Research Postdoctoral Scholar, Glenn Sterner, on “Fighting the Stigma of Addiction Through Personal Stories of the Opioid Epidemic”

Dr. Glenn Sterner discusses the ways to counter the stigma surrounding opioid addiction in new blog post. The blog details the Share Your Opioid Story Project which highlights the stories of those impacted by the opioid crisis.

Fighting the Stigma of Addiction Through Personal Stories of the Opioid Epidemic

Share Your Opioid Story Website Depicts Stories of Individuals Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

The Share Your Opioid Story project is a collaboration between Independent Blue Cross Foundation, The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Penn State University. Led by Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar, Dr. Glenn Sterner, the Share Your Opioid Story website depicts the stories of individuals impacted by the opioid crisis.

Share Your Opioid Story website

Examining Murder Convictions and Punishment project receives award from NSF

A new Justice Center project, Examining Murder Convictions and Punishment recently received a $300,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The project will be led by Jeffery Ulmer (Justice Center Faculty Affiliate), Gary Zajac (Justice Center Managing Director), and John Kramer (Justice Center Faculty Affiliate). This study will examine the decisional processes employed in capital case prosecution and sentencing, as well as build upon the analysis previously conducted under the death penalty study recently completed by Drs. Kramer, Ulmer and Zajac. 

Outcome Findings from the HOPE Demonstration Field Experiment article in top 20 most downloaded recent papers

The article “Outcome Findings from the HOPE Demonstration Field Experiment,” published in Criminology & Public Policy was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers, within the first 12 months of online publication.

Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) is a probation program that involves swift, certain, and consistent sanctions. The team of researchers at the Justice Center for Research in collaboration with RTI, International tested the HOPE probation model in 4 sites across the country looking at the implementation of the program as well as recidivism outcomes. Justice Center Managing Director, Dr. Gary Zajac led the process evaluation component of the HOPE DFE along with Researcher Elaine Arsenault, and Justice Center Founding Director Dr. Doris Layton MacKenzie was a Co-PI on the outcome evaluation phase with RTI.

View the article here:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-9133.12248/full

Criminology Forum 5/3, "Early Childhood Risk Factors and Adolescent Problem Behavior: How Early is too Early to Target?"

Tom Loughran, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Criminology will be the next Criminology Forum speaker.

“Early Childhood Risk Factors and Adolescent Problem Behavior: How Early is too Early to Target?”

Date: Thursday, May 3

Room: 406 Oswald

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Dr. Thomas Loughran’s research primarily focuses offender decision-making, individuals’ responses to criminal sanctions in terms of multiple outcomes, and methods to infer treatment effects from nonexperimental data.

His talk will focus on the ways in which adolescents’ behaviors early in childhood (e.g., physical aggression) inform targeted prevention programming related to adolescent substance use and delinquency. He will present data from the Rochester Intergenerational Study (RIGS), which contains prospective, longitudinal measures of 529 children from early childhood into adolescence. Additionally, he will demonstrate how group-based trajectory modeling enables the evaluation of the predictive capability of childhood internalizing and externalizing behaviors for adolescent substance use, which may be used as a potential basis for targeted early interventions.

Available online via Zoom:  https://psu.zoom.us/j/181608210

Meeting ID to join:  181 608 210

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Justice Center for Research and the Department of Sociology and Criminology. 

Glenn Sterner, Ph.D. named one of the Independence Blue Cross’s Future Leaders in Community Health for Philadelphia

Justice Center for Research Postdoctoral Scholar, Glenn Sterner, Ph.D.  was named one of Independence Blue Cross’s Future Leaders in Community Health for Philadelphia. Read the article on Glenn’s work in the current Journal of Change issue. Congratulations Glenn!

Justice Center Founding Director presents at the Congressional Briefing on the Prospects for Criminal Justice in the U.S.

Justice Center Founding Director Doris MacKenzie and Pam Lattimore, Director of the Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience, at RTI International recently presented at the Congressional Briefing on the Prospects for Criminal Justice in the U.S. The article, “To Rehabilitate or Not Rehabilitate: That Is the Question for Corrections!” is published in Criminology & Public Policy.