Institute for Justice Research and Development
College of Social Work
The Florida State University
July 2020

Celebrating IJRD's 2nd Year!

Thank you for joining us as we celebrate our second year at the Institute for Justice Research and Development, or IJRD! At IJRD, we are dedicated to advancing science, policy, and practice to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities impacted by criminal justice system involvement. Our research has long been devoted to increasing racial and economic equity throughout the criminal justice system - from an individual's first contact with law enforcement to their release from incarceration. As our nation experiences a heightened awareness of the racial and economic disparities that permeate the criminal justice system, we remain focused on achieving racial and economic equity in criminal justice. 

We collaborate with law enforcement, prosecutors, corrections professionals in jails, prisons, and communities, and with health and social service providers across the nation to identify and develop state-of-the-art practices and policies that work to achieve three goals:
  1. Promote racial and economic equity
  2. Develop individual, family, and community well-being
  3. Change conventional criminal justice outcomes
Our team members have worked tirelessly over the past year to identify and disseminate data-driven solutions to guide justice and health reforms. Below, we highlight just some of the impact we have achieved over the past year.  
With warmest and sincerest thanks for your interest in our work,

Don't forget to donate at Day1, like us on Facebook, join us on Twitter, follow us on LinkedIn, and watch us on YouTube

Our work at IJRD is designed to achieve rapid policy impact. You can learn more about our policy impact by clicking the image above - we have also featured some of our recent work below!

Even before the renewed national consciousness about racial violence in our nation, IJRD has been at the forefront, promoting racial and economic equity throughout the criminal justice system.

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We release preliminary results directly to policymakers to ensure that our research addresses behavioral health crises among those with experiences of criminal justice involvement. 

Click the image to read about the Opioid Crisis among Individuals who have Experienced Incarceration in Florida.  
Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, participated in a Congressional Briefing on Social Work and the Future of Policing where she proposed actionable policy recommendations. Pettus-Davis's goal was to underscore the importance of evidence-driven solutions to police reform that prioritized racial and economic equity. 
You can also learn more on the IJRD Twitter account
To increase the policy impact of our research, we release one-page key takeaways from our Quarterly Research Reports. These highly accessible key takeaways are designed for use by policymakers, advocates, criminal justice professionals, and the public.

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Please help us Create More Success Stories for individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system by helping us to change their trajectory starting on Day 1.
Just $1 can make a difference on Day 1 of an individuals’ contact with the criminal justice system.

Your contribution of even $1 supports:
  • Working with law enforcement and prosecutors to deflect and divert individuals from the criminal justice system whenever possible. 
  • Developing policy changes and programs that promote racial and economic equity starting at Day 1.
  • Creating public awareness campaigns to reduce stigma and structural bias.
  • Supporting individuals, their children, and families impacted by justice involvement - including those releasing from incarceration - through programming and researching best practices
  • Getting COVID-19 resources to justice-involved individuals and researching how to stop the spread of disease with correctional stakeholders. 
  • Ending the opioid crisis for those involved in the criminal justice system by getting state-of-the art practices into the hands of lawmakers and policymakers for implementation.
  • Offering second chance hiring to justice-involved individuals and training employers how to promote and retain their second chance hires. 
  • Educating the next generation of criminal justice reformers who will work to achieve racial and economic equity and promote the well-being of individuals, families, and communities most impacted by justice-involvement. 
  • Training law enforcement and correctional stakeholders to respond to the individuals with whom they make contact in ways that ensure the health, safety, and equity of those individuals. 

Nearly 13 million people across the nation cycle through jails and prisons every single year.

Your contribution of $1 can make a big difference. To make more of an impact, please consider giving $5 or more

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We are actively addressing the impact of COVID-19 on our current research participants and ongoing projects. 

To maximize study participants’ well-being, we developed a response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic that includes adaptation, implementation, and innovation strategies to allow us to continue to generate knowledge, expand practices, and improve outcomes for those impacted by incarceration.

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IJRD Trainings & Professional Certifications Coming Soon!
Congratulations to Amberly Prykhodko on her promotion to Director of Clinical and Professional Services!

This new role at IJRD is focused on expanding our existing clinical services and developing additional professional development services to enhance services throughout the criminal justice system.  
Consulting- We bring our collective decades of experience in clinical, community, and academic research settings to collaborate with stakeholders to develop programs using the most up-to-date, evidence-based solutions.
Program Evaluation- We can provide guidance on how to optimize your programs, offer individualized coaching for agencies on how to select evidence-based, and can help continue to evaluate programs to ensure their effectiveness.
Professional Trainings- We work with the entire range of criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement officers, correctional officers, public defenders, prosecutors, case managers, mental health professionals, and probation and parole officers, to translate our research and expertise into practical skills and knowledge that can be applied in the work environment. Trainings are personalized and tailored to the needs of individual institutions. Online, self-paced trainings are coming soon!
Clinical services- We identify and research treatments most likely to have a positive impact on both justice-involved individuals and the behavioral health workers, law enforcement officers, and other criminal justice stakeholders. We are currently building a training series for law enforcement officers focused on understanding common reactions to trauma and enhancing the use of de-escalation strategies. These trainings, which are being developed in collaboration with law enforcement agencies across the nation, reflect our policy recommendations on data-driven solutions to guide the future of policing.
“We need more humanity, well-being, and hope, not only for those with incarceration histories, but for social work professionals, law enforcement officers, and others working in criminal justice as well,” said Prykhodko.

Tailored, personalized trainings, consulting, and program evaluation services are available now! Click the image to let us help you meet your organization's needs! 

Highlighted Research Spanning the Criminal Justice System
We conduct innovative research that spans the entire criminal justice system from law enforcement to reentry.
Our flagship project, the 5-Key Model for Reentry, is an innovative intervention designed to help individuals who have experienced incarceration to achieve community stability and develop well-being as they leave prison and return home. We have released 7 Quarterly Research Reports - 4 in the past year - which detail the experiences of our study participants as they leave prison and return home. Our most recent report, released just last month, explores study participants' experiences of trauma and loss in the months following their release from prison.

We have two current research projects that address common reactions to traumatic events among individuals releasing from incarceration settings and returning home. One project focuses on addressing trauma among young men releasing from prison and another provides trauma-informed care to individuals beginning during their jail incarceration and continuing in the community after their release.

We are also working with law enforcement officers to identify effective ways to divert individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis away from incarceration and into needed community supports. Our project examines crisis stabilization units and mobile- and technology-assisted aftercare to assess how to connect individuals in crisis to treatment and keep them in the community. 

In collaboration with researchers from Purdue University and the University of Alabama- Huntsville, we are developing artificial intelligence applications to improve well-being among individuals under community supervision. The goal of this project is to enhance community stability and increase well-being for those on probation. 
With a team from the Florida State University College of Social Work, we are developing a new evidence-based curriculum related to substance use disorders to be implemented in social work classrooms across the nation.

One of our newest projects explores substance abuse, trauma, and criminal justice involvement among Alaska Native and American Indian women. 

You can learn more about all of our projects here.
Our Inaugural Team Building Event!
On February 5th and 6th, 2020, more than 65 IJRD team members and our policy partners at Right on Crime came together for our Inaugural Team Meeting, held in Atlanta.

We shared the scope and breadth of our work at IJRD, highlighted new projects and opportunities for team members to get involved with, participated in a reentry simulation to emulate the experience of reentry for those team members who do not have an incarceration history, learned from Pamela Winn and her son Shaquille about the long reach of the criminal justice system, and participated in a shared vision exercise.

Our goal is to host this event twice a year to foster connection between our team members who are spread across the nation and to catalyze our growth and development as a research center. 

Below our Faculty Directors Tanya Renn (left), Carrie Pettus-Davis (center), and Stephen Tripodi (right) pose with Pamela Winn and her son Shaquille. 

Below are several candid shots from the Reentry Simulation exercise, where our team members directly experienced the challenges of reentry as they struggled to achieve many of the tasks commonly required of individuals leaving incarceration and returning home. 

Lower left: Team members went to different stations to meet their goals. Stations included the bank, courthouse, probation and parole office, the supermarket, and employment services among others. Lower right: The "jail" filled up with those who were unable to pay fines or fees, who failed a drug test, or who were unable to both work and attend their required treatment sessions.

Featured High-Impact Presentations
Carrie Pettus-Davis had numerous speaking engagements over the past year. Pettus-Davis was featured in a press conference with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to showcase how 5-Key Model research data is fueling reentry reforms by working to increasing community stability and improve well-being for individuals leaving incarceration and returning home. Click the image to read more about the event. 

She delivered the keynote address at Florida’s Path to Criminal Justice Reform Symposium for Journalists in Gainesville and presented at the Transforming Texas’ Criminal Justice System Symposium for Journalists in Austin. The goal was to help journalists effectively cover criminal justice reforms. 

Pettus-Davis was invited by the National Institute of Justice to attend a Risk/Needs Assessment in Prisons Workshop to facilitate the implementation of the First Step Act
Stephen Tripodi, Associate Director, was invited by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to serve as an expert on the needs of incarcerated women during an interdisciplinary working group with other national experts during the implementation of the First Step Act.  
Jessica Le, Program Manager, and Taylor Fannin, Reentry Program Specialist, represented IJRD at the SOLD-OUT annual Unlocking DOORS 2019 Texas Reentry Symposium in Dallas! Their presentation showcases the importance of using academic research to catalyze criminal justice reform efforts. 

Tanya Renn, Assistant Director, gave a talk entitled, “Emerging Trends for Women with Substance Use Disorder,” for attendees at the Florida Higher Education Substance Use Disorder Consortium’s Spring Symposium.. She was part of a panel of experts all working to help improve outcomes for women diagnosed with substance use disorders. 
Johnny Kim, Faculty Affiliate, and Amberly Prykhodko, Director of Clinical and Professional Services, delivered a presentation at the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association Conference in Montreal entitled “SFBT with formerly incarcerated clients” which featured our work with the 5-Key Model and clients in the criminal justice system.
Community Advisory Board
Our Community Advisory Board is comprised exclusively of individuals who have lived experience of the criminal justice system.

Board members meet monthly to review all of our work at IJRD, ensuring that we remain relevant, accessible, and equitable. Over the past year, the Community Advisory Board has helped us refine our data collection processes and adjust our work with minors incarcerated in adult correctional facilities. At our next meeting, Board members will consult on how to use artificial intelligence and machine learning applications with individuals under community supervision to improve outcomes and maximize autonomy.

National Scientific Advisory Committee
In May 2020, the IJRD leadership team met with the National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC), a committee comprised of national scholars and experts in criminal justice, behavioral health, and implementation science research.

The committee provided IJRD with strategic guidance on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their current research projects, on finding solutions to address the challenges and barriers experiences in these current projects beyond COVID-19, and future research projects.

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Featured News Coverage

Click the image to read a piece featuring results from our most recent quarterly report in The Crime Report. The article, "Trauma ‘A Way of Life’ for Returning Citizens" and details how a striking 47% of 5-Key Model study participants leaving incarceration experienced at least one traumatic event in the eight months after they returned home. 

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, was interviewed by The Texas Standard about the serious traumatic events many individuals experience after they leave incarceration and return home.

She also describes the ways communities can help these individuals heal and thrive and mentions the $1 Trillion social cost of incarceration.

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Bill Rone, a Reentry Program Specialist and an inaugural member of our Post-Master's Fellowship program, sacrificed his right to vote to help Kentuckians releasing from prison.

Click the image to read his op-ed piece published in the Lexington Herald-Leader about what that means for his own freedom.

Click the image to listen to Heidi Otway's interview with Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, on her work developing data-driven solutions to criminal justice reform. The show aired on the podcast Fluent in Floridian.

"Pettus-Davis devoted most of her career to improving the lives of formerly incarcerated people. Her five key approach prepares them to be job ready and job steady for when they return home."

Click the image to listen to a radio interview with Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, and Stephen Tripodi, Associate Director, on WFSU. They highlight the critical importance of providing trauma treatment to young men leaving prison to help them achieve community stability and develop well-being. 

You can also read the official FSU press release here and read an article about the grant published by News4Jax

Click the image to read an article in The Crime Report featuring our Sixth Quarterly Report on the reasons that individuals are re-arrested or return to incarceration not because they have committed a new crime but because they have committed “technical violations” of their terms of probation or parole.

Click the image to read an op-ed written by Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, and published in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, about a little talked about public health crisis facing all of our communities - individuals releasing from prison and dying at alarming rates. 

On the Criminal Injustice podcast, Jenny Kim, Advisory Council Lead for S3C, and host David A. Harris discuss the profound need for criminal justice reform, second-chance hiring, and the work of IJRD with the 5-Key Model. Click the image to listen!
Featured High-Impact Publications

"Intervention development study of the Five-Key Model for Reentry: An evidence-driven prisoner reentry intervention" was published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.  

"Early Lessons from the Multistate Study of the 5-Key Model for Reentry" was published in Perspectives: The Journal of the American Probation and Parole Association.

"The Intersectional Effects of Race and Gender on Time to Reincarceration” was printed in Justice Quarterly.

"'I took care of my kids': Mothering while incarcerated" was published in the open-access journal Health and Justice.

"Pathways to recidivism for women released from prison: A mediated model” was published in Criminal Justice and Behavior.


"Childhood polyvictimization and mental health issues among incarcerated women: Results from a cluster analysis" was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.


"Measurement in correctional health research: Unique challenges and strategies for enhanced rigor" was published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care.


Three tools for the field were re-released: These booklets were designed to help practitioners and educators infuse data-driven solutions in their work. 
Remembering Michael Davidson
APRIL 29, 1984 – APRIL 20, 2020

We lost a colleague and a dear friend this year at IJRD. Michael Davidson, the Program Manager for both our Kentucky and Ohio teams, died unexpectedly on April 20, 2020. 

Michael started with IJRD in April of 2018 - he was one of our first hires on the 5-Key Model project and he was integral to the success of the study. Michael was a dedicated worker and was an engaged and supportive team leader. He led with heart, humor, and authenticity.

He will be dearly missed. 
You can learn more about our policy impactmedia coverage, access podcasts and interviews, link to press conferences, and read all of our scholarship on our website

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