Shannon Magnuson is an Associate with JSP and a doctoral candidate at George Mason University. Her research primarily investigates organizational change and reform efforts in justice agencies. Ms. Magnuson has over five years of experience providing evidence-informed technical assistance to local, state, and federal justice agencies. She works with agencies on a variety of change efforts, including: identifying evidence-based programs to achieve goals, building organizational capacity for change, developing and facilitating initial and ongoing training for staff, and conducting outcome and process evaluations of change efforts.
Ms. Magnuson’s dissertation is entitled: Solitary Diversion: Reforming Restricted Housing Units for Severely Mentally Ill Inmates. It describes one state’s effort to reform segregation for a special population, and assesses how the reform changed: the volume and reasons for segregation placement, the experiences of those living and working in segregation, and the decisions administrators make to release individuals from segregation. Similar to this work, Ms. Magnuson’s publications include articles on prison reform efforts, organizational change in probation, and probation risk assessments.