Dr. James Austin, Ph.D.
He was jointly appointed by the Department of Justice and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice to monitor the State's compliance with the issues specified in a Memorandum of Agreement.
Dr. Austin has also served as the project director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded corrections options technical assistance program, which provides a wide variety of assistance to local jails, probation, parole, and prison systems. He also directed two BJA projects that focused on juveniles in adult correctional facilities and a national assessment of adult and juvenile private correctional facilities. He also assists parole boards in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Maryland to develop risk assessment systems for prisoners eligible for release. And he serves as an advisor to The Urban Institute's "Returning Home" Initiative.
Dr. Austin has authored numerous publications, was named by the American Correctional Association as its 1991 recipient of the Peter P. Lejin's Research Award, and received the Western Society of Criminology Paul Tappin Award for outstanding contributions in the field of criminology.
Dr. Austin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1970, a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Davis in 1980.
Wendy Naro Ware
In addition to completing and providing technical assistance on correctional forecasting, Ms. Ware designed and managed the creation of the computer-based simulation package: Prophet 98 for Windows 95/NT. The resulting software product has since been successfully installed in over 20 adult and juvenile correctional agencies across the country. She has also designed and developed Prophet for Classification Systems software package. Since its inception, Prophet for Classification Systems has been successfully implemented in five states across the country. Ms. Ware also completed a new correctional simulation and forecasting software package, Wizard 2000.
Prior to joining The JFA Institute, Ms. Ware served as project director and forecasting coordinator for CompuQuest, Inc., and as the senior analyst and project manager for the forecasting unit of the Washington D.C. office of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Ms. Ware received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from James Madison University in 1991.