Center for Justice Research Welcomes New Research Associate
Jack Sevil recently joined the Center for Justice Research as a Research Associate and is ready to spearhead evidence-based research that drives the center’s criminal justice reform partnerships and solutions to the next level.
“What led me to Texas Southern University and the Center for Justice Research was that I liked their cause. I like what they're trying to do, and I immediately thought it'd be a great thing to be a part of,” said Sevil.
Sevil, a native to Australia, joins the team after earning his M.A. in Justice and Criminology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University and Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology three years prior. Following his undergraduate graduation, Sevil began work with the University of Western Australia, where his research followed Indigenous Australian recidivism and impacting factors. Sevil’s research focus involved a comprehensive review and analysis of every risk of reoffending assessment used in Australia at the time.
“I was interested in things that were worthy causes in society but wasn’t necessarily top of mind for many people. I was interested in things like Facebook and its data collection, as well as human rights issues, particularly related to Indigenous Australian culture. It’s topics that people don’t necessarily think a lot about until it affects them directly,” continued Sevil. “Those same interests are a natural fit for the work I’m doing with the Center for Justice Research.”
With his recent move to Houston, Sevil looks to help bridge the gap between quality research and communicating it out to broader audiences. He is currently working on a project examining judicial discrimination that will further the center’s reform research and recommendations.
“I’m looking forward to everything ahead. I’m excited to see what comes from some of these projects, especially how the team communicates it to its key stakeholder groups. Dr. Henderson does a great job at conveying the research, and I’m excited to be a part of the team that develops objective, evidence-based solutions that can lead to reform,” finished Sevil.
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