Senior Research Fellow
Phone: (518) 456-6323 ext.311
Alissa Pollitz Worden is an expert in the study of communities and the courts that serve them. She has been the Principal Investigator in NIJ-funded studies of how community courts respond to intimate partner violence, and how both practitioners and the public understand the dynamics of violence, and the best practices for responding to violence. Her works is centered on the variability in local court processes, and the implications of that variation on case outcomes and disposition patterns. Her current research investigates the impact of indigent defense program policies on case disposition patterns. Her research is committed to addressing the ways in which local practices, politics, and expectations shape courthouse customs and behavior.