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Document 024357
Constituent Services Informational Handbook
Arizona Dept. of Corrections. Constituent Services Office (Phoenix, AZ).
“This handbook is provided as a general resource to the public’ (p.3). This is a good example of a guide to basic policies for families and the press. Sections include: introduction; acronyms; inmate management; programs and services (including the “Visitor Checklist”); and release and community supervision.... Read More
32 p.
Document 027266
The Impact of Family Visitation on Incarcerated Youth’s Behavior and School Performance: Findings from the Families as Partners Project
By Agudelo, Sandra Villalobos. Vera Institute of Justice. Family Justice Program (New York, NY).
Anyone involved with programming for incarcerated youth should read this report. It can be used to bolster ones attempt to develop family visitation programs in your agency. The positive impact of family visitation on the behavior and school performance of incarcerated youth is examined. The number of behavioral incidents decreased as visits increased. School performance for those who had frequent visits was 4.6 points higher than those youth who were not visited. “Despite the benefits of family... Read More
6 pages
Document 027897
Protecting Children’s Rights in Criminal Justice Systems: A Training Manual and Reference Point for Professionals and Policymakers
By Moore, Marianne; Randel, Becky. Great Britain. Department for International Development (DFID). UK Aid (London, England). Penal Reform International (PRI) (London, England).
This is an excellent resource for those individuals wanting a concise source of information about issues related to justice-involved juveniles and ways to ensure these youth are accorded their rights. This manual contains chapters covering ten areas-- principles and justice for children, children at risk, arrest, diversion, victims and witnesses, trail and sentencing, detention, independent monitoring mechanisms, reintegration, and putting justice for children into practice. “Each of the ten cha... Read More
192 pages
Document 027898
Three Quarter Houses: The View from the Inside
By Riggs, Robert. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) (New York, NY).
Housing is especially difficult to get after an ex-offender is back released into the community. This is an even more difficult challenge to face in New York City. Three-Quarter Houses are one solution for those individuals needing a place to stay till the can find a more stable residence. They are private homes, apartments, or some other type of buildings that rent beds to people. This report is the first to vigorously examine the conditions to be found in Three-Quarter Houses. Two parts make u... Read More
56 pages
Document 027800
What Youths Say Matters
By Godfrey, Kim. PbS Learning Institute (PbS LI) (Braintree, MA).
You should read this brief if you are concerned about juvenile justice or work with juvenile offenders from Performance-based Standards (PbS). “Research is mounting that shows youths’ experiences while in residential programs have a significant impact on both the safety and climate within the facility as well as whether the youth continues to commit crimes when he or she returns to the community. A recent analysis of the Pathways to Desistance Study added to the growing body of findings with two... Read More
6 pages
Document 027915
Stories of Transition: Men and Women in the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative’s Reentry Program
By Moushey, Bill. Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services (ACDHS) (Pittsburgh, PA).
This report is written for those individuals working with ex-offenders reentering the community. They are people who want “to understand what the experience of reentry is like for the people behind the statistics — the men and women who are in the midst of their transition from jail … to hear their stories, including the struggles, their reflections and their advice for others … Their memories of their experiences in jail are still fresh, and they spoke openly with [the author] about the help t... Read More
13 pages
Document 027914
A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center: Final Report
By Lee, Cynthia G.; Cheesman, Fred L.; Rottman, David B.; Swaner, Rachel; Lambson, Suvi; Rempel, Mike; Curtis, Ric. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). National Center for State Courts (NCSC) (Williamsburg, VA).
This study examines the effectiveness of the Red Hook Community Justice Center (RHCJC) in tackling multiple problems that contribute to crime, public safety, and quality of life in the local community. This report has chapters covering: the theoretical foundations and study context; evaluation data and methods; planning RHCJC; organizational structure and staffing; community and youth programs—Housing Court and the Housing Resource Center, youth programs, community programs and public outreach, ... Read More
286 pages
Document 028105
The Impact of Family Visitation on Incarcerated Youth's Behavior and School Performance: Findings from the Families as Partners Project
By Agudelo, Sandra Villalobos. Vera Institute of Justice (New York, NY).
The relationships between family visitation and an incarcerated youth's behavior and performance in school are examined. The project studied was Families as Partners, a collaboration between the Vera Institute and Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS). Sections of this brief include: introduction; background about the collaboration; data and methodology for this study; findings regarding the impact of visitation on behavior and school performance—youth characteristics, family contact frequency... Read More

6 pages
Document 027267
A Guidebook for Implementing Juvenile Justice 101
By Walker, Sarah Cusworth; Pullmann, Michael; Trupin, Eric; Hansen, Jacquelyn; Ague, Starcia. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL). Washington Models for Change (Seattle, WA); University of Washington (UW) Medicine. Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (Seattle, WA).
This publication is a great source for information regarding the development and implementation of a family-driven program intended to reduce the recidivism of incarcerated youth. It will provide food for thought about creating such a program in your agency. Juvenile Justice 101 is a program that provides justice-involved families with essential information about the juvenile justice system, one-on-one support, and connections to community resources. It is run by caregivers of children who went ... Read More
62 pages
Document 027895
Prison Video Conferencing
By Doyle, Patrick; Fordy, Camille; Haight, Aaron. University of Vermont. Vermont Legislative Research Service (Burlington, VT).
“With the costs of running the nation’s correctional systems and overcrowding at an all-time high, correctional facilities are looking for new and better ways to manage the needs of inmates while maximizing their available resources. Implementing video conferencing systems in correctional institutions may be a viable means of replacing or supplementing traditional visitation occurring within a facility. Video conferencing technology can also be used to remotely conduct medical consultations, and... Read More
6 pages
Document 026127
The Effects of Prison Visitation on Offender Recidivism
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections (St. Paul, MN).
The influence visitation has on the recidivism of visited prisoners is examined. Sections of this report include: research summary; introduction; prison visitation policies; reentry and social support; prison visitation research; methodology; results for descriptive statistics, impact of visitation on time to first felony reconviction, impact of visitation on time to first revocation, and impact of inmate-visitor relationship on time to first reconviction; conclusion; and implications for correc... Read More
41 pages
Document 003334
Policies Regarding Searches of Visitors: A Survey
By Scholes, Patricia. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO).
Policies of six western prison facilities and one department of corrections regarding searches of visitors are briefly reported.... Read More
2 p.
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