Reducing Reliance on the Criminal Justice System with Dr. Carrie Pettus
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“Sometimes the simplest of ideas become the most disruptive innovations” are the words of our next guest as she passionately develops actionable research solutions with the goal of reforming the country’s criminal justice system.

Dr. Carrie Pettus, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development at Florida State University, joins us to discuss her vision of reducing the reliance on the criminal justice system by providing solutions that promote the overall wellbeing of incarcerated individuals, communities, and professionals working within the system.

Join us for this insightful, timely and important conversation as Dr. Pettus shares how she and her team are working towards making an impact in criminal justice reform using science-backed research and data driven solutions. Let’s go!


Episode Highlights:

  • What brought Dr. Pettus to launching a research institute for prison reform
  • The reception from Florida State University towards her research
  • Her approach that calls for improving the overall wellbeing and trauma symptoms of both parties involved in the criminal justice system
  • Identifying the prevention points of adults cycling in and out of prison
  • The institute’s plans for adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning while still acting within its ethical confines          


About our Guest:

Dr. Carrie Pettus is Associate Professor of Social Work at Florida State University and

Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development.

Dr. Pettus conducts applied research on smart decarceration of prisons and jails through policy and practice intervention development. Pettus generates research on ameliorating racial, economic, and behavioral health disproportionality. She works with community partners to develop interventions to enhance positive social support, treat trauma experiences and behavioral health disorders, and generate well-being for those impacted by criminal justice involvement.

Dr. Pettus holds a doctorate in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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