Dr. Tasca Elected to ASC Corrections and Sentencing Board

New Board Member

Dr. Melina Tasca elected to national corrections board at ASC.

Logos for STAFSDr. Melinda Tasca of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was recently elected as a member of the distinguished American Society of Criminology Division of Corrections and Sentencing Executive Board.

“Not only does this accomplishment demonstrate Dr. Tasca’s dedication to professional service outside of the University, it denotes her growing reputation across the country as a recognized corrections scholar,” said Dr. Gaylene Armstrong, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Tasca will serve as the Secretary/Treasurer of the board. The Division of Corrections and Sentencing was established in 1999 to facilitate and encourage research on juvenile and adult corrections; to disseminate research to ASC members, practitioners, funding agencies, policy-making board, corrections and sentencing organizations and other relevant entities; to help form collaborative research groups within common areas of study; and to promote corrections and sentencing related sessions for ASC.

“As a junior faculty member, I am honored to be able to serve the DCS,” said Dr. Tasca. “I value service and want to promote and support the important work being done in the area of corrections and sentencing.”

The other board members are Chair Natasha Frost, Northeastern University; Vice Chair Shelley Listwan, University of North Carolina; and Executive Counselors Sara Wakefield, Rutgers University, Kevin Wright, Arizona State University and Ben Steiner, University of Nebraska.

Dr. Tasca’s research centers on correctional policy, the consequences of incarceration, as well as race/ethnicity, gender and crime. Her recent work has appeared in Criminal Justice and Behavior, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. As reflected in her scholarly work, Dr. Tasca has expertise in mixed methods as well as extensive experience studying vulnerable family systems. Currently, she is co-principal investigator of the Arizona Prison Visitation Project (APVP), a mixed-method study aimed at advancing knowledge on prison visitation and its effects on recidivism, misconduct, and self-harm. Dr. Tasca's work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and Sam Houston State University's Enhancement Research Grant Program.

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