FSU has launched a new research institute aimed at advancing science, policy and practice to improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities impacted by the criminal justice system. The Institute for Justice Research and Development was founded and is directed by Carrie Pettus-Davis, Associate Professor at FSU and CSD Faculty Director of the Smart Decarceration Initiative.
Pettus-Davis, C. (2019). Reverse social work’s neglect of adults involved in the criminal justice system: The intersection and agenda. In T. B. Bent-Goodley, J. H. Williams, M. L. Teasley, S. H. Gorin (Eds.), Grand challenges for society: Evidence-based social work practice (pp. 352–358). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
The White House hosted a high-profile summit meeting on federal prison reform on May 18, and Carrie Pettus-Davis, who helped to organize it, sat among cabinet members. The summit “was a message to the world that the United States is ready to change how it does incarceration,” she says.
Our faculty and staff are committed to advancing racial equity, and one of the most important vehicles is the national Grand Challenges for Social Work. We’ve created four webinars to highlight this initiative.
Veeh, C. A., Renn, T., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2018). Promoting reentry well-being: A novel assessment tool for individualized service assignment in prisoner reentry programs. Social Work, 63(1), 91–96. doi:10.1093/sw/swx050
Writer and activist Shaun King and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin spoke at the Smart Decarceration Initiative’s second conference.
2nd National Conference of the Smart Decarceration Initiative, November 2-4, 2017
About 65 people participated in the October 17 event to celebrate the new book “Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century,” led by co-editor Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD.
October 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Brown School, Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum, Washington University in St. Louis
The Smart Decarceration Initiative will hold its second national conference, “Tools and Tactics: Promising Solutions to Advance the Era of Smart Decarceration,” November 2-4 at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Epperson, M. W., & Pettus-Davis, C. (Eds.). (2017). Smart decarceration: Achieving criminal justice transformation in the 21st century. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
With an era of decarceration of America’s penal system quickly approaching, a Washington University in St. Louis expert and co-editor of a new book offers concrete strategies for ushering in a metamorphosis of the criminal justice system.
The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration, spending $52 billion a year on correctional supervision and another $948 billion in related social costs.
Pettus-Davis, C., Epperson, M. W., & Grier, A. (2017, March). Reverse civic and legal exclusions for persons with criminal charges and convictions (Policy Action No. 9.1). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative.
Social Work Month may be ending, but social work’s professional commitment to addressing society’s challenges continues in earnest! Today the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative is sharing insights on moving ideas and evidence into policy, including policy strategies and actions to address critical national problems.
Grier and Johnson presented an overview of the Grand Challenges and expanded on two Grand Challenges: “Promote smart decarceration,” and “Build financial capability and assets for all.”
Epperson, M., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2016, September). Policy recommendations for meeting the Grand Challenge to Promote Smart Decarceration (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Policy Brief No. 9). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7DJ5F50
Pettus-Davis, C., Epperson, M. W., & Grier, A. (2016). From mass incarceration to effective and sustainable decarceration: Conference report (CSD Conference Report No. 16-43). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
The Smart Decarceration Initiative has launched a two-year research project to advance “deferred prosecution” programs, thanks to funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
Pettus-Davis, C., Howard, M. O., Dunnigan, A., Scheyett, A. M., & Roberts-Lewis, A. (2015). Using randomized controlled trials to evaluate interventions for releasing prisoners. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(1), 35–43. doi:10.1177/1049731515579203
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m., Brown Lounge, Brown Hall, Washington University
Answering the call to participate in the Smart Decarceration Initiative’s first conference, about 150 people from throughout the country gathered September 24-27 at Washington University in St. Louis to work on redefining justice in America.
Epperson, M. W., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2015). Smart decarceration: Guiding concepts for an era of criminal justice transformation (CSD Working Paper No. 15-53). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
September 27, 2015, St. Louis, MO
September 25, 2015, Edison Theatre, Washington University
September 24, 2015, Clark-Fox Forum, Washington University in St. Louis
September 24-27, 2015, Washington University in St. Louis
The United States faces the tremendous challenge of reducing its overreliance on prisons and jails. As the social and economic costs of incarceration rise, great need—and opportunity—exists to reverse the trend. The new Smart Decarceration Initiative, based at the Center for Social Development, is taking up the challenge.
Pettus-Davis, C., & Epperson, M. W. (2015). From mass incarceration to smart decarceration (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Working Paper No. 4). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this academic year, the Center for Social Development is expanding by bringing in new leaders and new bodies of work.
Pettus-Davis, C., & Epperson, M. W. (2014). From mass incarceration to smart decarceration (CSD Working Paper No. 14-31). St Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.