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Corrections Institute, University of Cincinnati
The Corrections Institute at the University of Cincinnati is committed to the dissemination of best practices to communities, facilities, and agencies seeking to change offender behavior. They work with federal, state, and local governments, and with the private sector and professional organizations, to promote effective interventions and assessments for adult and juvenile offenders. Institute offerings include: Technical Assistance, Staff Training, Distance Learning, and Research and Development. The Corrections Institute's nationally recognized faculty and consultants synthesize:"evidence-based" practices known to be effective with offenders, experience from research conducted in all 50 states, creative strategies, and a comprehensive spectrum of resources.

Faculty Members
Edward Latessa, Corrections
Paula Smith, Corrections
Patricia Van Voorhis, Corrections
Sarah Manchak, Corrections, Mental Health and Criminal Justice System

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Dr. Paula Smith, Associate Professor/Director of UCCI
Corrections Institute
School of Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210389
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
Phone: 513-556-1913
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 4
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    Federal, State, and local government and private agencies; foreign government and private agencies

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    Local, national, international UCCI-based training for administrators and practitioners in offender assessment, case management, correctional classification, staff skill building, cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT), risk reduction, and best practices. The most popular UCCI training programs include Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse, Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS), risk assessment programs for adult/youth (ORAS/OYAS/LSI-R/LS-CMI/YLS-CMI), core skills for facilitators of cognitive-behavioral interventions, and an overview of "What Works" in correctional intervention, the NIC Thinking for a Change program, Aggression Interruption/Replacement Therapy (AIT/ART), and the MINT Motivational Interviewing program.

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    NIJ, NIC, DOJ, BJA, NIDA, OJJDP, NSF, SAMHSA, numerous local and state agencies, and international governments and agencies.

  • Current Projects:
    Community Correctional Facility Redesign: California, Georgia, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio (over 30 sites) and Washington; Cognitive Behavioral Interventions in Substance Abuse: California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Vermont; Sex Offender Program Design, Volunteers of America: Ohio; Effective Practices in Community Supervision training and counseling: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon (adult and youth), Singapore, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington; Ohio Risk Assessment System Adoption (statewide and/or local agencies): Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont; Ohio Youth Assessment System Adoption (statewide and/or local agencies): Arizona, Indiana, and Michigan; Aggression Interruption Training: California and Ohio.

  • Indirect Cost Rates:

  • Organizational policies on the use of collected data:
    All human subject data collected is bound by the policies and procedures of the University of Cincinnati Institutional Review Board.

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: 16
  • Number of Administrative Assistants and Staff: 9
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