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Pretrial Risk Assessment in Practice: Lessons and Research from Indiana
Since 2016, researchers with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have been studying the implementation of the Indiana Risk Assessment System – Pretrial Assessment Tool (IRAS-PAT) in Indiana. This research team has expanded and evolved to include Dr. Eric Grommon (IUPUI), Dr. Evan Lowder (George Mason University), Dr. Brad Ray (Wayne State University), and Spencer Lawson (Michigan State University). Research team biographies are listed toward the bottom of this page.

During this event, researchers and community stakeholders (Judge Mark Spitzer, Chair of the Indiana EBDM Pretrial Work Group; Stephanie Ruggles, Director of Pretrial Services, Hamilton County; and Troy Hatfield, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Monroe County) will describe pretrial reform efforts in Indiana, provide examples of risk assessment implementation, share validation findings to-date, and present findings from a National Institute Justice-funded study (2018-R2-CX-0023) on the impact of pretrial risk assessments on pretrial release decisions and pretrial misconduct outcomes in four Indiana counties.

This event is intended for both researchers and practitioners nationally who are interested in the use of pretrial risk assessments to inform pretrial decision-making.

Jul 15, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Evan M. Lowder
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society @George Mason University
Dr. Evan M. Lowder received her Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2017. Her research is focused on strategies to reduce offending and improve behavioral health outcomes among justice-involved adults, with specific emphasis on adults with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders, mental health diversion programming, and risk and needs assessment. More recently, her work has focused on the opioid epidemic, including tracking opioid-involved overdose deaths and developing interventions for justice-involved adults with substance use disorders. Her research has been published in outlets such as Law and Human Behavior, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychiatric Services, and the American Journal of Public Health. She is a recipient of a National Institute of Justice Fellowship and her work has been recognized by the American Public Health Association, American Psychology-Law Society, and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.
Dr. Eric Grommon
Associate Professor @O’Neill School at IUPUI
Eric Grommon is an applied criminologist who joined the O’Neill School at IUPUI in 2012. His research interests include corrections, offender reentry, and the rigorous evaluation of justice system programs, policies, and operations. Dr. Grommon is currently conducting research with practitioner partners to examine the integration of risk assessment tools to on justice system operations, the use of co-response teams to manage responses to crisis calls for service, the drivers of probation revocations, and the effect of local nonprofits on gun violence interventions. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and has been nominated for and included in CrimeSolutions.gov. Previously, Dr. Grommon managed research and evaluations of reentry initiatives, residence restriction laws, strategic firearm violence and gang interventions, and policy analysis on justice issues pertinent to state and local government.
Dr. Bradley Ray
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice @Wayne State University
Brad Ray joined Wayne State University’s School of Social Work as Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice in 2019. Ray received his PhD from North Carolina State University in Sociology in 2012 and spent seven years at IUPUI where he served as a research director at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. He is a community-engaged researcher that focuses on mental health and substance use, particularly where these populations intersect with the criminal legal system. Much of his recent research has focused on evaluating policies and interventions aimed at the recent overdose epidemic, and translating evidence-based harm reduction strategies into practice. Much of this research is community-engaged and translational research but Ray has also developed, implemented, and managed clinical research experiments within criminal justice settings.