Criminal Justice Learning Communities Series

Mechanisms of Reentry Support Used by the Formerly Incarcerated and Community Members


Nicole Freund, of Wichita State University and Candalyn B. Rade, of Penn State Harrisburg present their on ongoing research to better understand the critical aspects of reentry, increasing support for formerly incarcerated people, and reentry programming and policies. They report on findings from two projects: 1) exploring the social networks of those reentering communities and how they relate to recidivist behaviors; and 2) investigating the mechanisms of public attitudes and support for reentry. They then discuss overall themes and future directions of this research and encourage active participation from the learning community to discover potential avenues of continued research and practice regarding community reentry. 

Evaluating Family-Based Interventions for Girls in the Justice System: A (Messy) Mixed Methods Endeavor


Valerie R. Anderson & Laura L. Rubino, of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati present an ongoing mixed methods evaluation of a family-based intervention used in the juvenile justice system with a sample of adjudicated girls. The project was originally designed and written for a criminal justice audience, but they are interested in exploring the possibility of translating it to a community psychology audience with a particular focus on how our community psychology values align with the current work. They present study findings, discuss barriers in conducting the evaluation, and include discussion and feedback from members of the learning community to help shape future plans for this endeavor.

An Evolving Evaluation of Family-focused Re-entry Services for Juveniles


Dr. Carolyn Thompsett and her team talk about the challanges of conducting a large-scale, community-based evaluation of services for youth existing the juvenile justice system.

To Serve & Connect: A Police Widow's Testament to the Power of Community Psychology Values


Kassy Alia speaks about the non-profit organization she founded after her husband, a police officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Columbia, S.C. She describes how her training in community psychology and her experience working to address community health disparities transformed her grief response, and how community psychology values will help drive the work moving forward.