New report! PBPP Offender Management Software Pilot: Feasibility evaluation report

I, with my colleague Gary Zajac (Penn State), recently completed a feasibility evaluation of a collaborative demonstration project between the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and Securus Software Ltd., examining the implementation of offender management software for the computer use of sex offenders in PA. Below is the Executive Summary of that report.
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The NFL and criminal behavior

Professional football (or as it’s called everywhere outside the US, ‘American football’) is in its off-season. Players and coaches kick-back while the journos and beat writers desperately feed from a barren pasture of dubious rumors and hackneyed commentary. Two things in the off-season are certain. One, players will get arrested more frequently than during the pre-, post-, or regular season. Two, every pundit and his dog will mine the San Diego Union Tribune’s publicly-available player arrest database for any marginally-novel angle on those arrest rates.

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SAAM 2013(?): Remembering last year’s efforts

Last year I was at Penn State for Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. We were 6-months removed from the success of our inaugural Conference on Child Maltreatment and Well-Being and thought it might be a nice idea to re-engage with the delegates, given the time of year! So I developed some rudimentary Ted-Ed lesson ‘flips’, based on the videos of the speakers. Sadly, very (very) few of those we sent the links to actually used them. Still, they may have some interest to others interested in child maltreatment and sexual victimization – and are just a neat little way to pass the time while you’re watching the fantastic line-up of speakers. Below is my original post on my Penn State blog with the links to all of the Ted-Ed classes! Feel free to browse! Get educated for SAAM!
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SAAM 2014: Talking prevention models and male victimization

April is the NSVRC’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this time, many student organizations who devote their extra-curricular time to advocate on this issue plan and host a series of events related to the prevention of sexual violence. It was no different at UMass Lowell, where I’m currently based, as it was at my previous institution. I love working with student organizations – often where you can find the most able, motivated, and ambitious students – and always make time to offer my assistance during SAAM.

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Still running… eventually (marathon update)

So an update on the whole marathon malarkey…

I was scheduled to run the Cox Providence Rhode Race marathon on May 4, 2014, while raising money forStop It Now!. Sadly, I’ve been forced to cancel my participation in that event due to injury. After two abandoned ‘long runs’ in successive weekends, I sought medical advice from my new doctor at Tufts who, along with a senior colleague, suggested a likely combination of iliotibial band syndrome and tendinitis in my left knee would seriously limit my ability to complete the race should I attempt it.

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Keep on running…

I have signed up to run the 2014 Cox Providence Rhode Race marathon next May. I am hoping to use this opportunity to raise money for the ‘Stop It Now!’ organization.

Running a marathon has always, begrudgingly, been a ‘bucket list’ item for me. I used to run as a school kid, won a couple of school cross-country races, and did reasonably well in a few hometown-area races. I also, begrudgingly, ran a half-marathon in Brighton, England in 2009 and did alright with 1hr 51m. I realize that being 32 years old now, and seeing my ability (and motivation!) for distance-running and the training required fading FAST, it’s time to knuckle-down and man-up!

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Evaluability assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) model

After 6 months, 5 sites, 8,930 miles, 6 reports, and 46,500 words, on the 31st of July we (myself, Gary Zajac, and Courtney Meyer of the Justice Center for Research) finally submitted Penn State’s evaluability assessment of Circles of Support and Accountability to the U.S. National Institute of Justice.
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New job resolution (…and a ‘taxonomy of wanking’)

I’m starting a new job on September 1. As a New Job Resolution I’m planning on updating this blog more. Hopefully this resolution will last longer than New Year’s ‘fitness regime’…

So I’m wondering how I can kick things back off and get back into the habit. Well, since it’s a new job, I’ll share a personal story that gets to the heart of why (most of the time) I love what I do – and the people you get to work with. It’s basically an example of something that I guess you just don’t get to do in every job.

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Zoophilic and pedophilic advocacy groups: Political bedfellows?

The work of advocacy groups for minority interests can often provide a fascinating insight into lesser-known manifestations of human activity and belief structures. Many of these advocacy groups seek to represent the concerns of minority and marginalized groups based on some social or geographical nuance or a particular mutual activity. One particularly interesting advocacy case related to sexual paraphilias recently emerged into the media spotlight.

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