04.03.19

The Center for Advancing Opportunity Awards West Virginia State University $440,000 Grant to Study Recidivism Rates

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WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2019) – West Virginia State University (WVSU) has been awarded a $440,000 grant to support a new research project called the Viable Impact on Recidivism Assessing Levels of Evidence-Based Practices-West Virginia (VIRALE-WV). It will be the first of its kind to explore the relationship between current evidence-based programs implemented in West Virginia Correctional Institutions for substance abuse and state recidivism rates. As the entire state of West Virginia is designated as rural, this project will be address research in rural areas, as well as research at a state-wide level. The two -year grant was awarded by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO), an initiative supported by grants from the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries.

VIRALE-WV will be staffed by four WVSU faculty members: Dr. Walter Stroupe, Director of Graduate Studies, Law Enforcement & Administration; Professor LeighAnn Davidson: Chair of the Criminal Justice Department; Dr. Frehot Hailou: Associate Professor of Economics; and Dr. Kerri Steele: Assistant Professor of Social Work. A post-doctoral fellow, a graduate student and four undergraduates will support the scholars with this research project.

“I am glad to support four West Virginia State University professors in their effort to identify barriers and solutions to criminal justice reform,” said Gerard Robinson, executive director of CAO. “As an HBCU with a proud history in advancing opportunities throughout the Mountaineer State, VIRALE-WV will be a great asset to the current work on campus at WVSU, and to the national conversation about criminal justice reform.”
 
Note: Gerard Robinson is available for further comment.

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About the Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) 
The Center for Advancing Opportunity expands educational, social and economic opportunities in our nation’s most fragile communities through original research, educational programs and direct engagement with residents. By listening to different community voices and supporting scholars and students passionate about making a positive difference, we work to empower people eager to put ideas into action and discover mutually beneficial solutions to bolster fragile communities across the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Center for Advancing Opportunity is a research and education initiative borne out of a partnership between the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries. CAO supports students and faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as other institutions by developing research-based solutions to the most pressing issues in fragile communities.

For more information about the Center for Advancing Opportunity, visit www.advancingopportunity.org.

 

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