Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $258,113)
The Visiting Fellows Program furthers the Department's mission by bringing talent and expertise from the field to BJA to inform policy and practice and create new tools for the field to disseminate knowledge of effective and innovative approaches to priority criminal justice issues. It is funded under Economic High-Tech and Cyber Crime Prevention, Services for Trafficking Victims, Second Chance Act, Prison Rape Elimination Act, and Swift and Certain Sanctions/Replicating the Concepts Behind Project HOPE.
The Fellow, Dr. Emily Wang (Yale University), will work in collaboration with BJA and DOJ staff to help provide critical outreach, data, research, and subject-matter expertise to inform the development of new BJA strategies and programs to benefit the field. The Fellow aims to enhance BJA's efforts related to promoting successful reentry and reducing recidivism by exploring the interrelatedness of correctional systems and community healthcare. The project goals are: (1) to measure the risk of hospitalization following prison release among Medicaid beneficiaries by linking available administrative data, (2) to measure the impact of community primary care on patient recidivism using data from a large prospective cohort of individuals released from prison with chronic medical conditions, and (3) to explore prisoners' beliefs on the benefits and risks of research with administrative data. Cumulatively, these aims will further the science of reentry and health, encourage the use of BJA data through creating policy relevant datasets and tools that attend the interconnectedness of community healthcare and recidivism, and address ongoing bureaucratic barriers and concerns about using administrative data to research the health of criminally justice involved individuals.