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Truancy Prevention

Prevention of Truancy and Out-of-School Suspension
Hartford's Naylor School and Central Connecticut State University have been successful partners since 1996 and formalized a Professional Development School (PDS) relationship in 1998. Currently the Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy (IMRP) provides the Naylor School with program evaluation/planning and professional development services.

In response to result of Crime Bill 08-51, targeting truancy prevention programs, the IMRP proposed examining the Naylor School's efforts to reduce truancy, suspensions and expulsions. The IMRP, in collaboration with the CCSU Department of Teacher Education, has begun an evaluation of several ongoing initiatives that show promise in terms of truancy reduction and violence prevention:

  • Naylor-CCSU Middle School Mentoring Program
  • Citizen In Action (CIA) Micro Society Project
  • Comprehensive Student Intervention (CSI) Program
  • Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Model Training

Staff: Andrew Clark (IMRP), Dr. Karen Riem (Teacher Education) and Dr. Jacob Werblow (Teacher Education)

Prisoner Reentry Program (PREP)

The Connecticut Prisoner Reentry Initiative (CPRI) is a Department of Justice grant-funded program. This grant to the Department of Correction (DOC) is a companion to the Department of Labor grant funded program, Prisoner Reentry Program (PREP). The PREP program was designed to provide comprehensive reentry services to non-violent offenders residing in the greater Hartford area.

Staff: Dr. Stephen Costanza (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice), Andrew Clark (IMRP), Lyndsay Ruffolo (IMRP)

SAC (Statistical Analysis Center)

The IMRP housed Connecticut's SAC and worked collaboratively with the Office of Policy and Management for the production of reports and other legislative mandated requirements.

Staff: Dr. Stephen Cox (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice), Lyndsay Ruffolo (IMRP)

Salient Risk Factor Score Assessment

Central Connecticut State University was contracted by the Connecticut Department of Correction to revalidate the Connecticut Board of Parole's Salient Factor Score. This assessment was completed and published in October 2007.

Staff: Dr. Stephen Cox, Dr. Shamir Ratansi (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice)

STEP (Support Team for Educational Progress)

Central Connecticut State University received a contract with the Department of Children and Families to evaluate the STEP program in both Hartford and New Haven. The Support Team for Educational Progress (STEP) program began in August of 2006 to facilitate the re-entry process of youth from residential facilities into their Hartford community and local schools.

Staff: Dr. Stephen Cox, Dr. Reginald Simmons (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice), Lyndsay Ruffolo (IMRP)

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