Dr. Brian Lovins is a Principal for Justice System Partners. He earned his PhD in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently President of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). Brian routinely helps jurisdictions understand their local systems, helps stakeholders analyze and interpret their data, and provides practical, real-world solutions to addressing today’s justice system challenges. Prior to JSP, Brian worked for Harris County Community Supervision & Corrections Department (CSCD) as the Assistant Director. He was tasked with developing and implementing agency wide change plans to drive increased successful completion rates. In addition, he was the Associate Director for the University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Institute— the School of Criminal Justice’s training and research department. He has developed a state-wide juvenile risk assessment (Ohio Youth Assessment System: OYAS) and adult risk assessment (Ohio Risk Assessment System: ORAS), and has led the validation of a series of post-adjudication (Texas Risk Assessment System: TRAS) and additional pretrial risk assessments. Brian has been invited to present to over 200 agencies and routinely trains agencies in the principles of effective intervention, risk assessment, and the delivery of cognitive-behavioral interventions.
Brian received the 2020 Edward J. Latessa Practitioner Research Award from the American Society of Criminology-Division on Corrections and Sentencing for his continued body of work in helping community corrections move forward. He was also honored with the Dr. Simon Dinitz Award by the Ohio Community Corrections Association and the David Dillingham Public Service Award from the International Community Corrections Association, as well as being recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Cincinnati. His publications include articles on risk assessment, sexual offenders, effective interventions, probation reform, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.
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