Nicholas Read is a senior crime and justice researcher at AIR, where he designs and conducts social science research and evaluation studies and translates research to practice in the areas of crime and delinquency, juvenile and criminal justice, community-based violence prevention, education and health systems, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged populations. Read currently directs and supports several federal and state program evaluations. Massachusetts’ evaluation of the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is examining the community and individual impacts of the Commonwealth’s multifaceted, community-based strategy that combines public health and public safety approaches to eliminate serious gun and gang violence among proven-risk, urban youth ages 17–24. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National Institute of Justice-sponsored California School Safety Study, Research on Lowering Violence in Communities and Schools (ReSOLV), is exploring the association of school safety and student outcomes with school-based risk and protective factors and readiness to adopt comprehensive school safety reforms among students, parents, schools and communities. He previously co-directed the U.S. Department of Education (ED)-sponsored Evaluation of Title I, Part D Neglected or Delinquent Programs.
In addition to his research and evaluation work, Read currently provides direct training and technical assistance (TTA) to state, regional, and local Second Chance Act grantees through the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC). The NRRC supports grantees through individualized and strategic guidance to in order to maximize their efforts to reduce recidivism and help people succeed in their communities after they return from incarceration. Through the NRRC, Read also directs the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC), an online searchable database that identifies and categorizes federal, state, and local statutes and regulations that impose collateral consequences for people convicted of crimes —legal and regulatory restrictions that limit or prohibit access to employment, business and occupational licensing, housing, voting, education, and other rights, benefits, and opportunities.
Prior to his role on the NRRC, Read led and coordinated TTA products and webinars for the ED’s National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC), assisting state and local administrators and practitioners in support of youth educated in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and served as a TTA specialist for the DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS), supporting states’ implementation of fair and just juvenile justice practices as mandated by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
Read has authored numerous research reports and briefs as well as TTA resources, created, produced, and co-hosted a series of online programs in support of high-quality education and related supports for youth involved with the justice system, and delivered dozens of presentations at local, state, and national conferences and meetings.