March 28: How scientific research can improve justice

Nancy-RodriguezPULLMAN, Wash. – The use of scientific research to improve criminal justice in the U.S. will be discussed by National Institute of Justice Director Nancy Rodriguez at 4 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University.

A Washington native and WSU alumna, Rodriguez was appointed by President Barack Obama in October 2014. Her agency annually provides millions of dollars in federal support to researchers nationwide seeking to understand and improve the administration of justice – from figuring out what types of policing or sentencing programs reduce crime to understanding why the war on drugs has failed to stem the U.S. drug epidemic.

justiceRodriquez received her Ph.D. in political science from WSU in 1998. Her academic research ranges from the collateral consequences of imprisonment, to the intersection of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, to evaluations of drug courts and restorative justice programs.

She will be available to meet members of the media on Monday morning. Please contact Richard Elgar (details below) to arrange.

The Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Lecture Series is committed to broadening the educational experience of WSU students and the surrounding community by bringing engaging and influential opinion leaders to campus to encourage thought-provoking discussions and ideas. Learn more about the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at



Richard Elgar, WSU Foley Institute, 509-335-3477, cell 509-432-1066,



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