Kevin Courtright D’95, an associate professor in the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, served as principal investigator of a recently-finished two-year study that measured the perception of economic impact of and community satisfaction with state correctional facilities located within rural communities in Pennsylvania. The project was funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
As a result of mail surveys to community residents, focus group interviews with government officials and local business leaders, and interviews with prison management (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections), policy recommendations were developed which should assist both the PADOC and rural Pennsylvania communities (and other communities) who are either presently considering prison development or looking to improve their existing relationship between themselves and their institution. The report should be available soon from the funding source. (For more information, visit www.ruralpa.org.)
Courtright was named the 2007 Researcher of the Year at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania during at the spring convocation ceremony on April 13, 2007.