RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Pamela K. Lattimore, Ph.D., director of RTI International's Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience, has been awarded the American Correctional Association's 2015 Peter P. Lejins Research Award.
The accolade is the highest honor bestowed on a corrections researcher by the American Correctional Association (ACA). The award is given in honor of Peter P. Lejins, a distinguished research professor whose work has influenced the world of corrections and criminal justice for more than 50 years. The ACA gives this award to one recipient each year.
Lattimore is an internationally recognized expert on prisoner reentry. Her research at RTI focuses on evaluating interventions, investigating the causes and correlates of criminal behavior, and developing approaches to improve criminal justice operations. Lattimore's research will be highlighted in "The Measure of Everyday Life," a new radio show on WNCU-FM (90.7 in the Raleigh-Durham broadcast market) on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
She is also serving a five-year term as co-editor of the new annual series Handbook on Corrections and Sentencing, sponsored by the Division on Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology and published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis) Press. The series aims to provide a seamless examination of important contemporary issues in the fields of corrections and sentencing by dedicating each volume to the exploration of a specific issue.
The first volume, planned for release in late 2015 or early 2016, will address Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice. Subsequent volumes will focus on racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing and corrections and the economics of justice.
Lattimore is currently leading three National Institute of Justice–funded projects, which are studying reentry programs supported by Second Chance Act grants, evaluating the Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment, and identifying factors associated with desistance from crime. She also serves as principal investigator for a Department of Defense multiyear, multimodal study examining military workplace violence.
Lattimore has a doctorate in economics and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The RTI Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience focuses on improving and understanding crime and related problems, criminal justice systems, safety threats and responses, and prevention and intervention activities designed to ameliorate societal problems and increase community and individual resilience.