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Pierce, Madden present research at criminal justice conference

Dr. Mari B. Pierce
Dr. Mari B. Pierce
3/3/2014 —

Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, and Tyler Madden, a Beaver campus junior majoring in administration of justice, recently attended the American Criminal Justice Sciences Conference in Philadelphia. Both sat on a panel titled “Incarceration, Programs and Recidivism.”

In a presentation of a research project called "Assessing the Influence of Visitation on Inmate Misconduct,” Madden discussed the work and research he conducted in conjunction with Pierce and Brittany Main, a 2013 graduate of Beaver’s administration of justice program. Main, currently a graduate student at Slippery Rock University, was Pierce’s research assistant in 2012-13.

Madden presented research literature, questions and methodology as well as findings and policy implications. He and Main conducted reviews of literature specific to the topic of the impact of visitation on inmate misconduct. Main assisted with the collection of data from the Beaver County Jail in Aliquippa, and Madden entered all collected data into the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

Madden is Pierce’s current research assistant, provides tutoring services in the Beaver campus Center for Academic Excellence, and is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Pierce is the 2012 recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board’s Michael Baker Corp. Faculty Excellence in Research Award and NOVA Chemicals Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award. She also received the 2012 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award.

For information about the research or the administration of justice program, contact Pierce at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

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