The WVSAC recently released the West Virginia Correctional Population Forecast, 2012-2022. This report continues the biennial updating of prison population projections for the state. It describes the current correctional population and provides policy makers with a 10-year correctional population forecast.
The SAC also welcomed Bridget J. Connolly onboard as a Research Analyst. She holds a B.A. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in criminal justice, concentration in law enforcement and crime prevention, from the University of Cincinnati. She most recently was employed as a research assistant with the University of Cincinnati's Corrections Institute (UCCI), where she primarily worked on a statewide prison program evaluation relating to evidence-based practices. Ms. Connolly will help fulfill the mission of the Justice Center for Evidence-Based Practice, along with various quality assurance activities associated with the statewide implementation of the LS/CMI and other evidence-based practices. She has begun work on the construction of a "Global Correctional Program Assessment Inventory," which will offer multiple measures of program quality, including observations, offender surveys, and official quality assurance data.
Simon Bauer-Leffler has left the Office of Research and Strategic Planning. All inquiries regarding Dr. Bauer-Leffler's work may be directed to Dr. Stephen M. Haas.