Meeting on Leveraging Technology to Improve Treatment Outcomes for Criminal Justice Populations

September 21, 2017
Washington, DC

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Meeting Objectives

The National Institute of Justice partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to convene a meeting of research and practice experts for a discussion of innovative technology-based approaches to promote effective management of drug-involved individuals under criminal justice supervision. This supports the Department of Justice’s priorities to reduce crime, combat the opioid epidemic, and protect public safety. Meeting objectives included disseminating information on current projects to practice experts, exchanging information with other agencies, and soliciting feedback to inform Federal plans for future research that are responsive to the field’s information and practice needs.

Meeting Agenda

The one-day meeting featured nine presentations by project developers and researchers, with breaks for roundtable discussion led by institutional and community corrections experts. Presentations described projects that use telehealth, web-based and tablet computer applications, and “smart” mobile devices to promote public safety and public health by addressing supervision, drug treatment, and other service needs.   

Participant List

Presenters included:

  • State and local practitioners who develop and manage innovative projects that serve offenders in jails, prisons, and communities.
  • Researchers who build, evaluate, and set standards for interactive tools.
  • Foundations that support data-driven initiatives to identify target populations.

Invited experts representing the American Corrections Association, the American Probation and Parole Association, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, and the National Association of Counties led roundtable discussions. Federal participants represented the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other agencies. See the full participant list.

Project Presentations

If you are interested in the slides from any presentation, please contact the presenter directly.

  • Judicial Perspectives on the Value of Technology in CJ Settings (Hon. Ann Aiken, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon)
  • Interactive Mapping Systems for Reentry Tracking (Kristofer ‘Bret’ Bucklen, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)
  • Sharing Data to Identify and Respond to High Utilizers: The Data Driven Justice Initiative (Lynn Overmann, Laura and John Arnold Foundation)
  • Establishing A Videoconferencing Platform for Offenders in Rural States (Nate Ellens, South Dakota Department of Social Services, and Charles Frieberg, South Dakota State Court Administrator's Office)
  • Technology to Increase Public Safety by Addressing Linkages, Treatment Outcomes, and Criminal Lifestyle (Amy Murphy, George Mason University)
  • Performance Requirements for Offender Tracking System Technologies and New Technologies (George Drake, Correct Tech, LLC)
  • Computer Tablet Programs That Connect Offenders, Community Service Providers, And Probation Officers (Kendra Jochum, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
  • Technology Interventions for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders Under Community Supervision (Michael Gordon and Steven Carswell, Friends Research Institute)
  • Using Technology Based Interventions to Improve Access to Evidence-Based Treatments for Incarcerated Populations (Michael Chaple, National Development and Research Institutes)

Presentation and Practice Expert Roundtable Highlights

Project developers and researchers delivered the presentations shown above in groups of three, allowing four practice experts to ask questions and comment on each set, before the final open group discussion. Presentation and discussion topics included (but were not limited to) the potential benefits and concerns raised.

View highlights from the presentations and roundtable.

Other Resources

National Institute of Justice

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute of Corrections


Contacts

Linda Truitt, Ph.D.
Senior Social Science Analyst
Office of Research and Evaluation&
National Institute of Justice
Email: Linda.Truitt@usdoj.gov

Tisha Wiley, Ph.D.
Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention
Division Science Officer
 National Institute on Drug Abuse
Email: Tisha.Wiley@nih.gov

Full Participant List

Judge Ann Aiken, J.D.
U.S. District Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse
Eugene, Oregon 97401-2706

Panda J. Adkins, MSP
Correctional Program Specialist
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534

Rachel I. Anderson, Ph.D.
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20531

Kathryn Barry, J.D.
Grants Management Specialist
Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20001

Andre Betha
Policy Advisor- Corrections
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20531

Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention
Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
Rockville, MD 20852

Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D
Statistician
Bureau of Justice Statistics
U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street NW
Washington DC, 20001
Email: Jennifer.bronson@usdoj.gov

Bret Bucklen, Ph.D
Director of Planning
Research, and Statistics
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
1920 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Email: kbucklen@pa.gov

Juliet Bui, MPA, MSW
Public Health Analyst
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20852

Steven B. Carswell, Ph.D.
Vice President/Research Scientist
Friends Research Institute
Baltimore, MD 21201

Michael Chaple, Ph.D.
Executive Director
NDRI-USA, Inc.
New York NY 10010

Sonsiere Cobb Souza
Director
Division of Program Operations
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20852

Wilson Compton, M.D., MPE
Deputy Director
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
Rockville, MD 20852

George B. Drake, MBA
President
Correct Tech, LLC
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Nathanael Ellens
Assistant Director
Division of Behavioral Health
South Dakota Department of Social Services
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Charles Frieberg
Director of Court Services           
South Dakota Unified Judicial System
Pierre, SD 57501

Robin Ghertner, MPP
Director of Data and Technical Analysis
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning &
Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201
Michael Gordon, DPA
Senior Research Scientist
Friends Research Institute, Inc.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Jack Harne, MS
Physical Scientist
National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20531

Mark Hendershot, MA
Guidance and Counseling
Certified Scrum Master
Chief Information Officer
TASC
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Erin Iturriaga, RN, BS, MSN
Program Officer
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892                                                         

Kendra N. Jochum, LCSW-C
Reentry Services Manager
Correctional Specialist V
Montgomery County Department of Correction and
Rehabilitation
Detention Services Division
Montgomery County Correctional Facility
Boyds, MD 20841

Tara L. Kunkel, MSW
Senior Drug Policy Advisor
Bureau of Justice Assistance 
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20531

Sofi Martinez, MPP
Social Science Analyst
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and 
Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20204

Susie Merchant
Senior Education Specialist
Federal Judicial Center
Washington, DC 20002

Amy Murphy, MPP
Project Director
Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence                                                    
George Mason University                                                       
Fairfax, VA 22030                                                       

Lynn Overmann
Vice President of Data Driven Justice     
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Washington, DC 20006                       

Denise M. Robinson
President & Chief Executive Officer
Alvis, Inc.
Columbus, OH 43215

Kathy Rowings, Esq.
Associate Program Director for Justice
National Association of Counties
Washington, DC 20001                                                     

Tom Roy
Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Corrections
St. Paul, MN 55108

Christina Ruffino
Education Specialist
Federal Judicial Center
Washington, DC 20002                                                    

Jennie Simpson, Ph.D.
Public Health Analyst
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20852                              

June Sivilli, MPH
Division Chief
Public Health/Public Safety
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Executive Office of the President
Washington, DC 20503

Howard Spivak, M.D.
Principal Deputy Director
National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20531

Linda Truitt, Ph.D.
Senior Social Science Analyst
National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531

Matt Sutterer, Ph.D.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20531

Lori Whitten, Ph.D.
Senior Science Writer
Synergy Enterprises, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tisha R. A. Wiley, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Criminal Justice
NIDA Science Officer, JJ-TRIALS
Services Research Branch
Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention
Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892

Date Created: April 16, 2018