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Pamela K. Lattimore

Senior Director for Research Development, Division for Applied Justice Research (AJR)


PhD, Economics (Econometrics and Public Finance), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (Economics and Environmental Studies), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pamela K. Lattimore, PhD, leads multiple projects in justice and safety. Her research focuses on evaluating interventions and investigating the causes and correlates of criminal behavior, including substance use and mental health. She is currently principal investigator on several projects including: a study focused on pretrial justice and risk assessment; a multi-site evaluation of the 5-Key prisoner reentry program; a project developing and implementing a dynamic risk assessment tool for Georgia community supervision; a multi-state study of the impact of adult probation reform; and a multi-state study of the impact of state-initiated criminal record expungement reform. Previous work has included: a multi-site evaluation of jail diversion programs; research quantifying the level of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder among a cohort of released prisoners and associated violent re-offending; a project examining the factors related to military workplace violence; and multi-site evaluations of federal prisoner reentry initiatives.

Dr. Lattimore is an expert on prisoner reentry and multisite, multimodal, multiyear experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of programs and initiatives. She joined RTI in 1998 after a 10-year tenure at the National Institute of Justice. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. In 2015 she received the Peter P. Lejins Researcher Award from the American Correctional Association and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division on Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology. She was awarded the Joan McCord Award by the Academy of Experimental Criminology in 2019 in recognition of her work advancing experimental evaluations in corrections research.

Dr. Lattimore has published extensively, has served on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals, and was an inaugural co-editor of the annual series, Handbook on Corrections and Sentencing, sponsored by the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Corrections and Sentencing and published by Routledge Press.

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