Holly Michalak

Holly is from Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. She worked for the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice from January 2019 to December 2019, when she graduated from Loyola's Applied Statistics Master of Science program. While at the Center, she did research on recidivism and firearm offenses and worked to clean data for other projects. Holly currently works for Allstate as a business analytics consultant. She plans to continue working in analytics, data science, and on projects with the Center.


Caroline McCabe

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Carly is originally from Barrington, Rhode Island, and moved to Chicago to serve in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) after graduating from college. As an undergraduate, she attended the College of the Holy Cross, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History and Peace and Conflict Studies. After completing JVC and spending several years doing case management with folks exiting prison and experiencing homelessness, she returned to Loyola University Chicago to work toward a master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice. While in graduate school, Carly worked in the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice as a research assistant (2017-2019). Currently, Carly is a Research Analyst for the Cook County Adult Probation Department, where she has the opportunity to conduct research and program evaluations of Cook County’s pretrial processes and probation programs. She is passionate about evidence-based criminal and pretrial justice reform, and is particularly interested in community-based alternatives to incarceration, oversight and accountability mechanisms for justice system agencies, transformative justice, decarceration, and efforts to minimize the reach and power of the carceral state.


Henry Douglas Otto

H. Douglas Otto was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio before attending Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a bachelor's degree (2017) and master's degree (2018) in Criminal Justice & Criminology. During this time, Otto also worked as a research assistant for the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice. He is currently a research analyst at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and his research interests include community corrections and rural criminology. 


Sophia Rana

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Sophia is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Loyola’s Five-Year BS/MA Criminal Justice and Criminology Program in Spring of 2020 after finishing her undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Computer Science, and Computer Forensics in the Spring of 2019. Sophia began a research assistantship at the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice in September of 2019. Her research interests include cybercrime, organized crime, and restorative justice reform. In the future, Sophia would like to work with the intelligence community and analyze international crime relations.


Lauren Weisner

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Lauren Weisner is from Woodridge, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI (2015) and a Master of Arts from Loyola University Chicago in Criminal Justice and Criminology (2018). Ms. Weisner worked as a research assistant for the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice from June 2018 to December 2018. She currently works as a Research Analyst in the Center for Violence Prevention and Intervention Research at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). She also serves as ICJIA’s Institutional Review Board manager. Ms. Weisner has written several publications, including a study on Illinois police department use of Naloxone, probation department drug testing practices in Illinois, and several literature reviews related to Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) funding priorities. Her research interests include the intersection between criminal justice and public health, criminal justice policy, and program evaluation.