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Meeting on Leveraging Technology to Improve Treatment Outcomes for Criminal Justice Populations

Date Published
September 20, 2017

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Meeting Objectives

The National Institute of Justice partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to convene a meeting of research and practice experts for a discussion of innovative technology-based approaches to promote effective management of drug-involved individuals under criminal justice supervision. This supports the Department of Justice’s priorities to reduce crime, combat the opioid epidemic, and protect public safety. Meeting objectives included disseminating information on current projects to practice experts, exchanging information with other agencies, and soliciting feedback to inform Federal plans for future research that are responsive to the field’s information and practice needs.

Meeting Agenda

The one-day meeting featured nine presentations by project developers and researchers, with breaks for roundtable discussion led by institutional and community corrections experts. Presentations described projects that use telehealth, web-based and tablet computer applications, and “smart” mobile devices to promote public safety and public health by addressing supervision, drug treatment, and other service needs.   

Participant List

Presenters included:

  • State and local practitioners who develop and manage innovative projects that serve offenders in jails, prisons, and communities.
  • Researchers who build, evaluate, and set standards for interactive tools.
  • Foundations that support data-driven initiatives to identify target populations.

Invited experts representing the American Corrections Association, the American Probation and Parole Association, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, and the National Association of Counties led roundtable discussions. Federal participants represented the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other agencies. See the full participant list.

Project Presentations

If you are interested in the slides from any presentation, please contact the presenter directly.

  • Judicial Perspectives on the Value of Technology in CJ Settings (Hon. Ann Aiken, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon)
  • Interactive Mapping Systems for Reentry Tracking (Kristofer ‘Bret’ Bucklen, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)
  • Sharing Data to Identify and Respond to High Utilizers: The Data Driven Justice Initiative (Lynn Overmann, Laura and John Arnold Foundation)
  • Establishing A Videoconferencing Platform for Offenders in Rural States (Nate Ellens, South Dakota Department of Social Services, and Charles Frieberg, South Dakota State Court Administrator's Office)
  • Technology to Increase Public Safety by Addressing Linkages, Treatment Outcomes, and Criminal Lifestyle (Amy Murphy, George Mason University)
  • Performance Requirements for Offender Tracking System Technologies and New Technologies (George Drake, Correct Tech, LLC)
  • Computer Tablet Programs That Connect Offenders, Community Service Providers, And Probation Officers (Kendra Jochum, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
  • Technology Interventions for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders Under Community Supervision (Michael Gordon and Steven Carswell, Friends Research Institute)
  • Using Technology Based Interventions to Improve Access to Evidence-Based Treatments for Incarcerated Populations (Michael Chaple, National Development and Research Institutes)

Presentation and Practice Expert Roundtable Highlights

Project developers and researchers delivered the presentations shown above in groups of three, allowing four practice experts to ask questions and comment on each set, before the final open group discussion. Presentation and discussion topics included (but were not limited to) the potential benefits and concerns raised.


Linda Truitt, Ph.D.
Senior Social Science Analyst
Office of Research and Evaluation&
National Institute of Justice
Email: [email protected]

Tisha Wiley, Ph.D.
Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention
Division Science Officer
 National Institute on Drug Abuse
Email: [email protected]

National Institute of Justice, "Meeting on Leveraging Technology to Improve Treatment Outcomes for Criminal Justice Populations," September 20, 2017, nij.ojp.gov:
Date Created: April 15, 2018