Dr. Bucklen is a recent PhD graduate of the CCJS program and is the director of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' Bureau of Planning, Research & Statistics whose research interests include criminal desistance, correctional/parole policy, criminological theory, the history of criminology, and correctional population forecasting. He was previously employed in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office where he worked on projects for the state police, the Department of Corrections, and several different departments, commissions, and projects.
Dr.Nakamura is an assistant professor with the CCJS department whose research interests include corrections and reentry, criminal career, life-course criminology, collateral consequences of criminal justice interventions, and quantitative methods including social network analysis. Pennsylvania's Department of Correction contracted Dr. Nakamura as an embedded criminologist, where he serves as a research/evaluation partner and a general scientific advisor to the department.
The Pioneer Institute's Better Government Competition, founded in 1991, is an annual citizens' ideas contest that rewards some of the nation's most innovative public policy proposals. As Pioneer's signature event, the Better Government Competition Awards Dinner attracts hundreds of leaders in the business, non-profit, government and media communities.
The department would like to congratulate these two members of the UMD CCJS family, express our pride, and wish them the best of luck in all future endeavors as they try to better their communities with innovative projects, ideas, and research.