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Director: Kevin Wright, Ph.D.


Mailing Address: 

ASU Center for Correctional Solutions

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 600, MC4420

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone:  602.496.1294


The mission of the Center for Correctional Solutions is to enhance the lives of people living and working in our correctional system through research, education, and community engagement.  We are located within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, within the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, at Arizona State University. We conduct use-inspired research in collaboration with our community partners to make an impact now. We enable student success through transformative learning experiences and also seek ways to bring quality education to underserved populations. We are socially embedded within our communities, and we work together with our partners to better understand and respond to the challenges that they face. Ultimately, the vision of the Center is a just and fair approach to corrections that repairs harm, restores people, and promotes public safety.


The principles that guide are research are: 1) Adopt a nonpartisan stance in order to take multiple perspectives on problems. 2) Engage in design-thinking that is challenge-driven and use-inspired with a focus on solutions. 3) Produce results that can be easily disseminated to those in the field. 4) Conduct research that combines the outside knowledge of academia with inside knowledge of lived experience in the system. 5) Measure impact in multiple ways including nontraditional assessments of worth. 6) Involve partners at all stages of the research process. 7) Disseminate research to academia AND practitioners AND the general public.

Sample Publications

Haverkate, Danielle L., Travis J. Meyers, Cody W. Telep, and Kevin A. Wright. In Press. On PAR with the Yard: Participatory Action Research to Advance Knowledge in Corrections. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research (Special issue on participatory action research in corrections).

Meyers, Travis J., Arynn A. Infante, and Kevin A. Wright. In Press. Treating the Seriously Mentally Ill in Prison: An Evaluation of a Contingency Management Program. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research.

Haverkate, Danielle L., and Kevin A. Wright. In Press. The Differential Effects of Prison Contact on Parent-Child Relationship Quality and Child Behavioral Changes. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research.

Meyers, Travis J., Arynn A. Infante, and Kevin A. Wright. 2018. Addressing Serious Violent Misconduct in Prison: Examining an Alternative Form of Restrictive Housing. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62, 4585-4608.

Meyers, Travis J., Kevin A. Wright, Jacob T.N. Young, and Melinda Tasca. 2017. Social Support from Outside the Walls: Examining the Role of Relationship Dynamics among Inmates and Visitors. Journal of Criminal Justice, 52, 57-67.

Wright, Kevin A., and Faith Gifford. 2017. Legal Cynicism, Antisocial Attitudes, and Recidivism: Implications for a Procedurally Just Community Corrections. Victims & Offenders, 12, 624-642.

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