U.S. Department of Justice.



Dr. Meredith leads a National Institute of Justice study of high risk parolees to determine the influence of officer home visits on the supervision outcomes of high risk parolees. Ultimately, this research will be used in the formulation of procedures to reduce the number of violations and new crime arrests by these individuals. Currently, Dr. Meredith, ARS team members, representatives from Georgia State University and the Georgia Parole Board are conducting in-field research by riding along with 60 parole officers from 13 different parole offices throughout the state of Georgia


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
ARS is performing a comprehensive evaluation of Alabama CASA, which includes an examination of their organizational capacity, collaborative functioning and fidelity of program implementation.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI): Division of Forensic Sciences
Dr. Speir is building discrete-event simulation models for the Division of Forensic Sciences (State Crime Laboratory) to improve laboratory efficiency, productivity, and optimize staffing/equipment allocation. The simulation models mimic the flow of evidence through to measure the effect of staffing, caseload staffing and equipment processing times on case completion times for statewide toxicology services and forensic biology (DNA).
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)
ARS is merging Georgia juvenile delinquency data (court referrals, assessments, treatment) to adult criminal history data (arrests, convictions) to create longitudinal personal histories for the purpose of identifying criminal career trajectories and pathways to desistance from crime, highlighting the optimal point for intervention.
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia
ARS identifies the most violent repeat offenders to assist the law enforcement component of Atlanta’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. An evaluation is underway to quantify the impact on local violent crime with selective federal prosecution of highly active offenders.



Center for Effective Policy
ARS partners with the Center for Effective Public Policy for the USDOJ “Justice Re-Investment” initiative to help eight local jurisdictions around the country to better allocate resources to improve law enforcement, jail and community corrections efficiencies and outcomes.
Georgia Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry (GOTSR)
ARS helped Georgia secure millions in Bureau of Justice (BJA) funds to support Governor Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reform effort and the Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (GAPRI) to match citizens returning from prison to appropriate community services to provide the needed support to reduce prison return. ARS is the lead evaluator on four separate BJA grants: State Recidivism Reduction, Prison In-Reach, and Smart Supervision. ARS is also supporting an Information/Technology Sharing grant to support agency and provider information exchange.



City of Aurora, Colorado
ARS is conducting a USDOJ-funded SMART Probation evaluation of the Females Utilizing Treatment and Undertaking Recovery Efforts (FUTURE) Program, an intensive program for drug addicted female prostitutes.
DeKalb County, Georgia
ARS is conducting an evaluation of DeKalb County’s Felony Diversion Court, a new problem-solving court for young offenders (age 17-25) arrested for their first high-risk crime.
Clarkston Development Fund (CDF)
The CDF is an organization with four main initiatives: early learning, health services, family support/advocacy and urban agriculture. ARS is assisting the CDF with developing a Theory of Change which will serve as the blueprint for an organizational process and outcome evaluation.
Jackson County, Georgia
ARS provides federally-funded process, outcome, cost/benefit and implementation evaluation services for the Jackson County Adult Drug Courts.



Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)
ARS is currently assisting GDC conduct a comprehensive master facility and strategic plan to guide GDC planning, engineering, budget/staffing, and training over the next five years. This plan includes a historical analysis of key trends and population projections.

In addition, ARS developed a suite of automated, real-time inmate classification and risk/needs assessment tools named the Next Generation Assessment (NGA). Operational statewide since September 1, 2014, NGA algorithms access data from multiple state agencies to make recommendations for inmate housing and program assignments, and is currently being piloted as a pre-sentence risk-needs assessment.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Dr. Meredith serves as Principal Investigator for a study of high risk parolee home visits. The research team includes representatives from Georgia State University and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. The study aims to define the attributes of a home visit, define its costs and benefits, and determine the effect of home visits on supervision outcomes.
Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC)
ARS built discrete-event simulation software to mimic the flow of offenders through the Tennessee correctional system to forecast jail backup, TDOC locally sentenced inmates and the system wide population.
Vera Institute of Justice
As Vera Institute partner, ARS is providing data and forecasting support to the Tennessee Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism to quantify the effect of policy and legislative recommendations on recidivism, state prison population and state budget.




Georgia Office of Homeland Security
ARS analyzed all risk and threat data and provided research support to the Georgia Office of Homeland Security for the allocation of Federal Homeland Security and Domestic Preparedness Grants (counter-terrorism) to local and state agencies.
National Institute of Aviation Research
By analyzing security-related data, ARS assessed security/terrorism risks facing US general aviation for the National Institute of Aviation Research. This project was supported in part by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Homeland Security.



Project Safe Neighborhoods
ARS is developing data-driven strategies to combat gun crime as part of the national Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative in Atlanta and Macon. We design and host secure web sites for each jurisdiction to enhance law enforcement intelligence and assist local law enforcement communities in developing collaborative responses to violent offenders.

Georgia Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
For the Georgia Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, ARS completed a variety of Georgia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) projects. Recent studies examine the impact of methamphetamine on Georgia’s criminal justice system, validate the state’s UCR arrest data using automated criminal history records, and examine the use of Georgia’s web-based temporary protective order registry.

Georgia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
ARS completed a statewide needs assessment for the Georgia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. This report represents the first attempt to quantify the volume and situations of children endangered by the behavior of their parents as well as their own behavior. The Alliance will use the information to focus advocacy efforts in Georgia.
Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia
ARS is currently conducting a prosecutorial caseload assessment to estimate active and annual felony cases screened, indicted and disposed of by prosecutors. The results will assist the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia in allocating resources and making legislative recommendations.
Central Atlanta Progress, Inc.
ARS completed a comprehensive needs assessment for Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. and the Atlanta Municipal Court to estimate the volume and type of offenders, demand for services, and resource and infrastructure needs of the newly proposed Atlanta Community Court.

Fulton County Diversionary Drug Court
ARS facilitated the long-term planning efforts, and then evaluated the Fulton County Diversionary Drug Court. This court diverts felony-level offenders to court ordered substance abuse treatment services.
Georgia Indigent Defense Council
To assess the impact study of a mandatory juvenile transfer law and disparate sentencing practices between adult and juvenile offenders, ARS analyzed over 2,000 cases for the Georgia Indigent Defense Council to determine whether the dispositional outcomes reflected legislative intent.
Fulton County District Attorney
ARS documented ten years of case processing to assess the cost impact and time delays associated with the lack of front-end prosecutorial screening of felony cases for the Fulton County District Attorney. This investigation led to the development of the Fulton County Complaint Room currently in practice.



Georgia Sentencing Commission
ARS provides research and analytical services to the Georgia Sentencing Commission. We are currently managing a pilot project to test Georgia’s new sentencing guidelines system in four judicial circuits in order to make recommendations to the Governor for statewide implementation.
Alabama Sentencing Commission
As research staff to the Alabama Sentencing Commission, ARS is developing and testing historically-based sentencing guidelines, worksheets and a computer simulation model to assess all system-wide impacts of the new structured sentencing system.
Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy
ARS is currently building a computer simulation model to assist the Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy in assessing the impact of statewide voluntary sentencing guidelines. This application provides the client with the ability to empirically test thousands of policy “what-if” scenarios to aid decision-making.

District of Columbia Advisory Sentencing
An ARS-built computer simulation model assists the District of Columbia Advisory Sentencing Commission in designing voluntary sentencing guidelines. This application provides the client with the ability to empirically test thousands of policy “what-if” scenarios to aid decision-making.



Georgia Department of Corrections
An ARS-built simulation model and computer application assists the Georgia Department of Corrections in planning for construction and operation of prisons and community corrections centers. It also assesses the impact of Georgia’s sentencing reforms on the correctional system.
Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
ARS developed the automated risk assessment instruments currently used by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to inform supervision level assignments for 20,000 active parolees. Our team is also developing empirically-based guidelines to help the Board make prison release decisions.
Georgia Department of Human Resources
ARS completed a resource survey for the Georgia Department of Human Resources as part of a CSAP-funded Substance Abuse Prevention Needs Assessment. The project resulted in a software application that can be used by planners to assess their need for substance abuse prevention services and plan service allocations.



Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
ARS produced official projections for six detention and residential facility populations served by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. We also profiled current and past juvenile justice clients, and examined state and national juvenile population and crime trends.
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
An evaluation was completed for the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in order to assist them in improving the quality of services provided by local CASA agencies and volunteers and to obtain necessary feedback for the expansion of services across the state.
Georgia‘s Children & Youth Coordinating Council
ARS has served Georgia‘s Children & Youth Coordinating Council on a variety of projects, including a recent evaluation of the state’s short-term residential program for juvenile offenders. The results led to legislation redefining program length to optimize program effectiveness.



SPSS
ARS has a corporate partnership with SPSS software for the purpose of developing new opportunities to demonstrate the application of data mining in the public safety arena.
Simiul8
ARS is a certified solution provider of Simul8 software applications for the purpose of expanding the application of computer simulation technology to the world of public safety.



 
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