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UTD Criminal Justice Professor Named To OPEN Board
Organization Helps Inmates Prepare For Life After Prison
RICHARDSON, Texas (April 22, 2003) - Dr. Danielle Lavin-Loucks, an assistant professor of crime and justice studies and sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been named to the 15-member board of OPEN (Offender Preparation and Education Network), a Dallas-based non-profit organization that develops training materials to assist inmates in transitioning back into the community.
Established in 1979, OPEN focuses on release-oriented issues such as employment, overcoming addiction and reestablishing social networks, as well as providing orientation for offenders just entering the penal system.
In her new role, Lavin-Loucks will be responsible for developing grant proposals and helping to implement OPEN programs at additional correctional facilities across the country.
Lavin-Loucks received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington.
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