Pennsylvania State University criminologist Doris MacKenzie and James K. (Chips) Stewart, Public Safety Director of the CNA Corporation, were named this year’s winners of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy this week by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. The award is given to people “who are committed to a leadership role in advancing the use of scientific research evidence in decisions about crime and justice policies.” MacKenzie is a well-known expert on correctional boot camps and is the author of “What Works in Corrections? Reducing the Criminal Activities of Offenders and Delinquents (Cambridge Press, 2006). Stewart is a former director of the U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice and now serves as an advisor to DOJ’s SMART Policing Initiative, which provides technical assistance and training to 35 local law-enforcement agencies.
The center also named eight inductees into its Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame: William Barritt, patrol commander of the Brooklyn Park (MN) Police Department; Michael Barton, chief constable of Durham Constabulary in England; Sheri Bell, crime analyst of the Winnipeg, Manitoba Police Service; Stephen Brown, deputy commissioner of the Western Australia Police; Michael Kurtenbach, executive assistant police chief in Phoenix; Deborah Platz, assistant commissioner of the Australian Federal Police; Police Sgt. Gregory Stewart of Portland, Or., and Richard Twiss, retired police chief of Indio, Ca.