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CCJ spring 2015 colloquium series, April 17

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When Apr 17, 2015
from 12:30 pm to 01:45 pm
Where UCENT 282
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Jose Ashford, professor, School of Social Work and director, Office of Offender Diversion and Sentencing Solutions (formerly Office of Forensic Social Work)

Recidivism prevention: Testing assumptions and eligibility criteria in misdemeanor diversion

This presentation will examine a specific research initiative on misdemeanor diversion within the newly established Office of Offender Diversion and Sentencing Solutions (OODSS).  The presentation will examine the effectiveness of two diversion programs: Sage’s Positive Alternatives Program for Simple Assaultive Offenders and Sage’s diversion intervention for Domestic Violence Offenders.   Findings from these preliminary studies are discussed with a special focus on proposed innovations in alternatives to the diversion process that will be tested under conditions of random assignment.   If time permits, other initiatives of potential interests within the Office of Offender Diversion and Sentencing Solutions will be discussed, including the joint Certificate Program between the School of Social Work and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in Criminal Sentencing and Sentencing Advocacy, as well as the office’s current initiative on the mitigation of punishment in 25 to life and natural life sentences for juvenile offenders waived to the adult courts and the mitigation of punishment in death and life sentences without parole (LWOP) cases for adult offenders.

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