Wednesday Series II: State Judiciaries
Evidence-Based Policies and Practices to Reduce Recidivism: Implications for State Judiciaries
Wednesday Series: Using Science in Criminal Justice to Achieve Better Results
Broadcast Date: April 14, 2010
Presenter & Moderator:
Honorable Christine Durham
Utah Supreme Court
Mr. Stephen Bouch
Court Executive Officer
Napa County, California Superior Court
Judge Jean Maurer
Multnomah County, Oregon Circuit Court Judge
Judge Maurer received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley in 1971, and her JD from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1974. She began her legal career in 1974 as a prosecutor first in Marion County and then Multnomah County. She worked in that capacity until she entered private practice in 1979. In 1988, she returned to the Multnomah County District Attorney=s office, where she worked until being appointed to the bench in 1996. She has presided over a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. She began her tenure as the Presiding Judge for Multnomah County in January of 2008. She is the first woman to serve in that position.
Since being appointed to the bench, she has served as the President of the Oregon Circuit Judges Association and as the President of the Gus Solomon Inn of Court. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School. She is a frequent speaker and has volunteered her time as a coach of high school mock trial teams. In 2003 she was the recipient of the Multnomah Bar Association Award of Merit. In 2010, she was named the Oregon Legal Citizen of the Year by the Classroom Law Project. She remains an active member of local and statewide bar and judicial committees and organizations.
Chairman Catherine McVey
Pennsylvania Paroling Authorities
Catherine C. McVey received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections Administration from Penn State University in 1973 and her Master of Science Degree in Correctional Administration from Sam Houston State University in 1975. She was licensed as a Professional Counselor in Texas in 1983. Chairman McVey has over 37 years of experience working with incarcerated and paroled offenders in Texas and Pennsylvania.
In the first 25 years of her career, Chairman McVey worked in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in numerous positions including: as a Texas Correctional Officer, the Director of Texas Reentry Services, Special Needs Reentry Coordinator, Administrator for Classification and Treatment, Assistant Director of Treatment of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and Director of Institutional Parole and Field Parole Reentry Services, and also was a Probation and Parole Consultant/Trainer with the Sam Houston State University, Correctional Management Institute. Chairman McVey, upon retiring from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in June1998, returned to her home, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to continue her career in corrections with the PA Department of Corrections. Chairman McVey served as Director for Health and Mental Health Care Services from 1998 to 2005, and was subsequently appointed as Deputy Secretary for Administration with the PA Department of Corrections in 2003, serving in that capacity until 2005. In July 2005 she was confirmed by the Senate to serve a six-year term, as a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. She was subsequently appointed by Governor Rendell as Chairman of the PA Board of Probation and Parole.
During her career Chairman McVey has actively participated in professional associations, including the Association of Paroling Authorities International, serving as the Chair, Council of Chairs from 2006-2009, and the American Correctional Association in which she served in a number of positions: Legislative Affairs Committee, Correctional Health Care Committee, Commissioner, Commission on Accreditation, ACA. Other special areas of professional involvement include: Member of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Consultant National Institute of Justice Female Offenders, Director INS-TDCJ Criminal Alien Facility Project.
Wednesday Series II audio and video content
- Welcome and Introductions
- Brief Presentation by Featured Moderator: Chief Justice Christine Durham, Utah Supreme Court
- Panelist Discussion
- Final Thoughts: Justice Durham
- Next Webinar and FAQs
- Read the FAQ Sheet that lists questions asked by participants of this webinar and responses from our expert panel and CJI staff
- Read the Box Set papers
Developed for Judges and Other Criminal Justice Professionals
- 94% of our nation’s felony offenders are sentenced in state courts
- Research shows incarceration is not an effective crime-control strategy
- We need data-driven sentencing policies that guide the management of offenders to the most effective interventions
- Judges are natural advocates of evidence-based practices and use data as a tool in sentencing
- Effective treatment is essential for many lower-risk offenders
- Barriers within systems are present, but are not outside the influence and control of a judge
We know how to use the research to create effective systems and interventions.