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News contact: Jenni Huffenberger, UTD, (972) 883-4431, jennib@utdallas.edu

UTD Criminal Justice Professor Named To OPEN Board

Organization Helps Inmates Prepare For Life After Prison

Dr. Danielle Lavin-LoucksRICHARDSON, 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.

OPEN provides indirect service, in the form of training programs and publications, to approximately 100,000 correctional facilities at the state, local and federal levels. Currently, OPEN's board of directors consists of attorneys, criminal justice officials, presidents and vice presidents of Dallas-based businesses and various administrative personnel from a variety of corporations in the Dallas metro area.

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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The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 13,000 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's Web site at http://www.utdallas.edu.


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