Your assigned readings are Chapter 1 The Research Practice in the Withrow textbook and a journal article, which is linked here. The article is titled Eight Lessons from Moneyball: The High Cost of Ignoring Evidenceâ€“Based Corrections by Francis Cullen, Andrew Myer, and Edward Latessa. The article discusses the use of data in making decisions about the business/game of baseball. This is an unusual article in that it discusses the use of data in baseball, and then applies these lessons to the field of corrections.
As a side note, the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt.
Purposes of this Assignment
1) To provide you some initial experience in reading journal articles. This non-traditional journal article has minimal statistics and few tables or graphs. Thus, it is not as overwhelming as some scholarly articles can be.
2) To use a non-traditional subject to piquÃ© your interest (well at least for those who are interested in baseball).
3) To present an argument about how important research is for those in the field of criminal justice, specifically offender treatment programs.
4) To illustrate examples of the errors in personal inquiry and makes a case for the importance of data in the field of corrections.
Read Eight Lessons from Moneyball: The High Cost of Ignoring Evidenceâ€“Based Corrections by Francis Cullen, Andrew Myer, and Edward Latessa. Pick one of the 8 lessons discussed in the article that you found interesting/surprising and comment below on why you felt that way. Be sure to write out the lesson itself. Your answer should be substantive (i.e., be sure your answer demonstrates that you have read the article and reflected on what the authors wrote).