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The Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) is sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and Penn Law School. The conference features original empirical legal scholarship by leading scholars from a diverse range of fields. The 8th annual CELS will take place on October 25-26, 2013, at Penn Law School.
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Friday, October 25 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Invited Lectures II: Insight into BJS and NIJ from the Directors, Greg Ridgeway and William Sabol

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Presenter: Greg Ridgeway

Title: Strengthen Science. Advance Justice.

Abstract: The National Institute of Justice has a unique role advancing justice in the United States through strengthening the science of crime and criminal justice. This involves cultivating a culture of science at home within the Institute and providing opportunities for the scientific community to conduct innovative research on crime and justice issues. This talk will describe a series of NIJ initiatives aimed at strengthening the science of crime and criminal justice.



Presenter: William Sabol

Presentation title: Use of and Development of BJS Data for Research on Sentencing and Corrections

Abstract: The presentation will briefly review some key uses of BJS data in the study of issues related to mass incarceration and sentencing reform.  It will then describe some of the enhancements to several of BJS data collections and their value to the empirical legal studies field; it will conclude with a discussion of some of the opportunities for researchers to access BJS and contribute to BJS’s mission while also achieving their own research goals.


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Greg Ridgeway

United States Department of Justice
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William Sabol

United States Department of Justice


Friday October 25, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
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