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Criminology Forum: Gary Zajac, Ph.D., 3/13

Please join us for the upcoming Criminology Forum on Monday, March 13 in 406 Oswald from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Our speaker will be Gary Zajac, Ph.D. The topic of his talk will be "Evaluating the Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment (HOPE DFE) – Results and Reactions."

This presentation will discuss results from the four site Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment (HOPE DFE) that was conducted by the Penn State Justice Center for Research in collaboration with RTI, International, funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.  HOPE is a probation supervision strategy that involves the application of swift, certain and fair sanctioning in response to violations.  HOPE had been originated in Hawaii in the mid-2000s and had spread rapidly throughout the U.S. since.  Early evaluations of HOPE in Hawaii showed promising results, which have not been sustained in more recent evaluations, such as the current DFE and a similar evaluation conducted in Delaware. This forum will provide an overview of the DFGE results and discuss reactions to the DFE that touch upon the issue of advocacy in science.

Dr. Gary Zajac is the Managing Director of the Justice Center for Research at The Pennsylvania State University.  He has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 15 Justice Center projects focusing on courts, corrections, sentencing and policing.  His studies at the Center have encompassed racial disparity in capital sentencing, rural criminology, implementation science, inmate social networks, evaluation of domestic relations programs, and specialty courts.  His scholarly work has appeared in many journals and books, including Journal of Experimental Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior and The Prison Journal.  He has advised dozens of state, local and international corrections agencies and organizations on the development of research capacity and the implementation of research-based practice.

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