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CPSI Staff

JOHN KLOFAS, PH.D. – DIRECTOR EMERITUS

Teaches in the areas of corrections, management, crime & violence and law & social control. Also teaches a course called "Crime and Justice in the Community." This course reflects Dr. Klofas' growing interest in community level analyses as well as his work with the organization Metropolitan Forum, which promotes metropolitan perspectives in the analysis and solution of community problems. Research Interests include management, corrections, and jails. Most recently, focus has been on community structure and crime related issues.

 

 

IRSHAD ALTHEIMER, PH.D. - DIRECTOR

Dr. Altheimer joined the RIT faculty in Fall 2012. He teaches a variety of courses, including minority groups and criminal justice, criminological theory, criminology, and corrections. He is also actively engaged with students outside of the classroom; he serves as the faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association and mentors student researchers at the Center for Public Safety Initiatives. Dr. Altheimer is actively engaged in scholarly research and has published articles in a variety of journals. His research interests include macro-level criminological theory, gun violence, corrections, and criminal justice policy. He is currently serving as the co-principal investigator on a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant that seeks to reduce gun violence in the city of Rochester, NY.

 

AMY M. D'AMICO, ESQ.- ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Amy is a former Criminal Justice major who matriculated from R.I.T., she won the Richard B. Lewis Award (2008) and the Outstanding Achievement Award (2009) from the Department of Criminal Justice. She continued to Albany Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2012 and her license to practice immediately thereafter.  Her experience is in nonprofit management and research in homelessness and re-entry services arena.  She serves on the Board of Disability Rights New York, as well as providing pro bono legal advice in nonprofit law, First Amendment advocacy, and drafting wills and estate documents for the underserved.

 

 

JANELLE DUDA-BANWAR, MSW, PH.D. CANDIDATE – SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Janelle Duda-Banwar joined CPSI in 2008, and then took leave in 2013 in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She returned to CPSI in 2016 and is currently studying the local bench warrant issuance process, why someone fails to appear in court, and how bench warrants affect individuals' lives. She is also working closely with the community to study the local open-air heroin market, including identifying and implementing interventions to disrupt the market. She has worked closely with local agencies to develop, implement, and evaluate community-level interventions. In this capacity, she has worked on projects to reduce gun violence, reduce recidivism, and respond to emerging needs within the criminal justice system.

 

KAYLA MACANO, M.S. – RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Kayla is a former Criminal Justice major out of Niagara University, where she received her B.S. and M.S. Her experience is in a variety of areas, from Domestic Violence to Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehabilitation to Statistical Analysis. Her research interests include drugs and crime, criminological theories, procedural justice, gun violence and program evaluation.