Presenters discuss evidence-based practices at upcoming reentry summit

On September 10-13, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office will host the first “Vision Summit: Looking toward the Future of Reentry” in Austin, Texas. Experts in the criminal justice field will discuss innovative programs and service providers that assist offenders with reentry; how community leaders can work together to develop effective policies supporting reentry; research and evidence-based practices; and successful reentry stories from ex-offenders and their families.

At the summit, GEO Community Services will host the workshop “Evidence-based practices: Turning ideas into action.” Workshop attendees will learn the core principles of evidence-based practices and how to translate these principles into operations. Representatives from GEO will provide expert insight into how to successfully implement evidence-based practices to reduce offender risk and recidivism, including assessing risks and needs with validated tools and adjusting practices as needed.

Matt Moore, director of programs at GEO Community Services, will lead the workshop. Moore has 25 years’ experience in community corrections and oversees more than 70 treatment and training reentry programs. He guides development, implementation, supervision and evaluation of these programs for diverse populations.

Moore’s co-presenter will be GEO’s regional director Bob McCracken. With more than 20 years’ experience in community corrections, McCracken provides expert oversight and management for 18 reentry services facilities in central United States. He helps facilities implement evidence-based principles and programs and oversees financial, staff and facility planning.

Already, 300 participants are expected to attend the summit. Learn more about the summit or register to attend here.