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Institute for Governmental Service and Research, University of Maryland
Specialty courts, juvenile justice, police, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, disproportionate minority contact, offender assessment, community corrections, reentry, alternative dispute resolution, information technology

Faculty Members
Sara Betsinger - juvenile justice and delinquency, crossover youth, disproportionate minority contact, federal sentencing guidelines
Jeanne Bilanin - police staffing, specialty courts, program evaluation, performance measurement
Benjamin Falls - drug courts, access to justice, juvenile justice and delinquency, substance abuse and treatment, evaluation
Heather Fogg - restorative justice, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, conflict management and resolution, reentry
Travis Johnson - surveys, program evaluation, mental health courts
Kathleen Lester - business process analysis and logic modeling for juvenile justice, court and correctional alternatives, and substance abuse treatment
Megan McCloskey - juveniles, corrections
Jonathan O'Reilly - program evaluation, implementation analysis, video-conferencing initiatives
Sarah Schirmer - reentry, juveniles, program evaluation
Stephan Sherman - systems design, operational management and business process analysis within the substance abuse, mental health and drug court fields
Mischelle Van Brakle - juvenile justice, prisoner reentry, ethnicity and conflict, political violence
Laura Wyckoff - police practice, crime analysis, crime prevention, prosecution, research methods
Douglas Young - juvenile justice, court and correctional alternatives, substance abuse treatment, disproportionate minority contact, offender assessment, supervision, reentry

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Jeanne Bilanin, Associate Director for Applied Research and Outreach
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 208
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-2178
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 15
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    All federal, state, and local agencies

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    Applied research; consulting and technical assistance; program evaluation; systems design, development, implementation, and management; training and education; facilitation; information dissemination

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    BJA, NIDA, NIJ, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Maryland Judiciary, Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, local police agencies

  • Current Projects:
    Enhancing the Judiciary's Role in Child Welfare: Promoting Interagency Collaboration and Best Practices
    Assessment and Referral Technologies in Juvenile Justice
    Department of Juvenile Services: Development of Risk Assessment Tools
    Department of Juvenile Services: Developing an Integrated Assessment System
    Implementing and Institutionalizing CompStat in Maryland
    Statewide Maryland Automated Record Tracking System (SMART)
    Maryland Office of Problem-Solving Courts and SMART

  • Indirect Cost Rates:
    Applied research - 27.5%; technical assistance - 26%

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: 2
  • Number of Administrative Assistants and Staff: 5
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