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research services to improve public safety throughout the nation.


  • Charlene Y. Taylor

    Charlene Y. Taylor

    Senior Associate

    Charlene Taylor has over 15 years of experience providing research support, education, and technical assistance to criminal and juvenile justice agencies across the country. Charlene works on implementation efforts on both the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and OJJDP’s Smart on Juvenile Justice Initiative, specializing in providing training and on-site coaching to front line agents. Charlene has spent over 10 years teaching at various universities, while simultaneously providing training and technical assistance in over 15 states. Charlene is motivated by the idea of bridging the gap between academic and practical criminal and juvenile justice, and works tirelessly to improve the services provided by front line staff by helping them to utilize the most advanced correctional research to inform practice. Charlene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with both an Master of Science and PhD in Criminal Justice.

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