Lauren Weisner

Lauren Weisner is a Research Assistant and former research intern at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Lauren is a current graduate student at Loyola University Chicago and will be graduating with a MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology in December 2018. Beforehand, she earned a BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. Lauren’s research interests include criminal justice policy, evidence-based practices, applied research, and corrections.

Lauren Weisner is Authority Intern.


Articles

Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders of Women in Prison: An Evaluation of the WestCare Foundation’s Dual Diagnosis Program in Illinois
October 5, 2018 | Research Report | Prison
This brief shares findings from a process evaluation of a program that treats women prisoners in Illinois with co-occurring disorders—substance use and mental health disorders. Overall, feedback from clients and staff were positive and the program showed reductions in clients’ posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and aggression after participation. In addition, researchers offer suggestions to improve the program’s physical space, as well as enhance program components and data collection.
By Jessica Reichert, Alysson Gatens, Sharyn Adams, Lily Gleicher, Lauren Weisner, And Christine Head
Addressing Opioid Use Disorders in Corrections: A Survey of Illinois Jails
September 7, 2018 | Article | Jails
Even with substantial efforts at the state and local levels, opioid overdoses in Illinois continue to rise. Many in jails and prisons suffer from opioid use disorders and some receive treatment. Upon release, the risk of overdose is enhanced due to reduced tolerance. This article presents findings from a survey of 36 Illinois jail administrators on the use of medication-assisted treatment for detainees with opioid use disorders, naloxone distribution to reduce post-release overdose, and policies to ensure safe withdrawal from opioids and other drugs.
By Jessica Reichert, Lauren Weisner, Tyler Marcheschi, Lily Gleicher, And Sharyn Adams