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2014
Document 027940
Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences
By Carter, Madeline M.; Sankovitz, Richard J.. NIC-12CS09GKM1; National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP) (Silver Spring, MD).
This is a great introduction to a new probation strategy which links “the duration of probation supervision to the optimal amount of intervention an offender needs in order to reduce risk of reoffense”. This monograph “provides a policy and practice framework upon which this new model of supervision can be constructed. It offers a review of evidence-based approaches to reducing recidivism in our communities, the most recent research on dosage, and its applicability to sentencing and community su... Read More
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22 pages
2014
Document 028170
Capital Punishment, 2012 – Statistical Tables
By Snell, Tracy L.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) (Washington, DC).
These statistical tables present "characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2012, and persons executed in 2012. Tables present state-by-state information on the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 2012, status of capital statutes, and methods of execution. Tables also summarize data on offender characteristics, such as sex, race, Hispanic origin, criminal history, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution." Some of the hig... Read More
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22 pages
2014
Document 028171
Responding to Sexual Abuse of Youth in Custody: Responding to the Needs of Boys, Girls and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
American University. Washington College of Law. End to Silence (Washington, DC); National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC).
"This is a 24-hour training covering the national Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards and implications for responding to the different needs of boys, girls and gender non-conforming youth who are sexually abused in custody. The following are the goals of this training: (1) review the applicable PREA Standards for responding to sexual abuse in custody and their gender impact; (2) review the dynamics of custodial sexual abuse for boys, girls and gender non-conforming youth; (3) identify the com... Read More
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2014
Document 028355
Case Study: New York City Department of Probation’s Federal Partnership Efforts: Profile of a Successful Technical Assistance Collaboration With the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections
By Ziedenburg, Jason. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC). Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI); New York City Dept. of Probation (New York, NY).
"The New York City Department of Probation (DOP)—the second largest probation department in the country—is advancing a process to infuse evidence-based policies and practices (EBPP) throughout the organization … What is significant for the purpose of this story is that the Federal agencies were able to thoughtfully, strategically, respectfully, and effectively apply the right dosage of technical assistance to the moving train in a way that made the most of the investment and the capacity that BJ... Read More

25 pages
2014
Document 028302
Evidenced-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders
By Rempel, Michael. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY).
"Over the last 20 years, a critical mass of social science evidence has accumulated challenging what had previously been the prevailing notion that “nothing works” in the rehabilitation of offenders. Findings from academic and program evaluation literatures in the fields of psychology, criminal justice, sociology, and public policy suggest that evidence-based interventions, which effectively combine the core principles of rehabilitation (risk-need-responsivity), deterrence, procedural justice, a... Read More
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6 pages
2014
Document 028349
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JIIE)
Kennesaw State University. Center for Sustainable Journalism. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JIIE) (Kennesaw, GA).
This is the go to place for current information about juvenile justice issues. Anyone working with juvenile offenders should visit this website. "The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) is the only publication covering juvenile justice and related issues nationally on a consistent, daily basis. In the past, traditional journalism organizations filled this function. Today, due to shrinking resources, there are large gaps in that coverage. The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fill... Read More
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2013
Document 027773
Inventory of Evidence-Based and Research-Based Programs for Adult Corrections
By Drake, Elizabeth. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) (Olympia, WA).
Evidence-based and research-based programs to be used by adult corrections in Washington State are inventoried. Three parts comprise this report: definitions—evidence-based, research-based, and cost-beneficial; updated reviews using a three-step research process (evidence, benefits and costs, and risk), effective practices in community corrections, sex offender treatment, and conclusion; and the inventory. “WSIPP identified two programs—sex offender treatment and EPICS—that were not previously i... Read More

8 pages
2013
Document 027567
Evidence-Based Pretrial Release: Final Paper
By Pepin, Arthur W.. Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) (Williamsburg, VA ).
Anyone looking to reduce the amount of beds they need for pretrial detention should read this publication. It explains why evidence-based assessment of offenders can help reduce the need for current levels of or increased need for pretrial detention capacity. “Evidence-based assessment of the risk a defendant will fail to appear or will endanger others if released can increase successful pretrial release without financial conditions that may defendants are unable to meet. Imposing conditions on ... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 028172
Evidence Based Decision Making from Principle to Practice
By King, Gary; Bresina, Dan; Glenna, Tiana; Leicht, Niki. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC). One Less; National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Evidence Based Decision Making Panel (EBDM) (Washington, DC).
"NIC partnered with the Center for Effective Public Policy to build a system-wide framework (arrest through final disposition and discharge) that when implemented will result in more collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justice systems. The purpose of this initiative is to equip criminal justice policymakers in local communities with the information, processes, and tools that will result in measurable reductions of pretrial misconduct and post-conviction ... Read More
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74 pages
2013
Document 027768
Powerful Video About Youth in Adult Criminal System
By Richardson, Susan. Sirus Fund (New York, NY); Linda Genereux and Timur Galen (New York, NY); MacArthur Family Charitable Foundation (Lake Forest, IL). Reclaiming Futures (Portland, OR).
“Are you ready to be moved? Please take 1.5 minutes to watch "Because I’m 16," a video collaboration between Judge Michael A. Corriero, who presided over the cases of youth in the adult criminal court system; T.J. Parsell a filmmaker who as a teenager served time in an adult prison; and a group of students in the New York Center for Juvenile Justice’s summer associates program.”... Read More
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2013
Document 028249
Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaboration for Change (NCMHJJ) (Delmar, NY).
This website is an excellent resource for "information that is aimed at helping communities address the needs of their juvenile justice-involved youth who are experiencing behavioral health disorders. Guidance from the field is laid out in [four] phases and [ten] steps, allowing readers to access practical information, resources, and examples most appropriate to their stage of program development. Each step includes resources that are organized into three categories: key websites, examples from ... Read More
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Document 027683
Video: More Structured Interaction with Offenders to Help Change Behavior
By West, Norah. Washington State Dept. of Corrections (Olympia, WA).
“Community corrections officers in field offices across Washington state are part of a pilot project that uses an evidence-based intervention method to help offenders make positive changes in their thinking and behavior. Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) gives officers a way to build rapport with offenders and recognize positive behavior as well as ways to teach offenders positive social skills and techniques, and strategies to help offenders change their thinking. Research sh... Read More
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6 minutes
2013
Document 027802
A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits
By Mauer, Marc; McCalmont, Virginia. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
“PRWORA [Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act] imposed a denial of federal benefits to people convicted in state or federal courts of felony drug offenses. The ban is imposed for no other offenses but drug crimes. Its provisions that subject individuals who are otherwise eligible for receipt of SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] or TANF [Temporary Assistance to Needy Families] benefits to a lifetime disqualification applies to all states unless they act t... Read More
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12 pages
2013
Document 027740
Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness
By Bond, Gary R.. GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY).
“Employment is a key to community reintegration for both people with mental illness and those with justice involvement. At present, the empirical literature on employment services for justice-involved people with or without mental illness is meager. By contrast, an extensive evidence base documents the effectiveness of a specific employment model for people with severe mental illness: the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment” (p. 1). This publication covers: the I... Read More
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4 pages
2013
Document 027920
Through the Eyes of a Child: Life with a Mother in Prison
Volunteers of America (Alexandria, VA). Wilder Research (St. Paul, MN).
This report attempts to discover how the children involved in the Volunteers of America (VOA) initiative Look Up and Hope (LUH) feel while their mother has been incarcerated. It sheds a light on the experiences of this special population of children and offers a way other jurisdictions can approach helping these kids. Sections of this publication include: background and purpose—the growing family problem of incarcerated mothers, and the creation of the LUH program; key findings—children with mot... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 027741
Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Updating the Evidence
By Morrissey, Joseph P.. GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY).
This brief provides a great introduction to forensic assertive community treatment (FACT). FACT is “an adaptation of the traditional assertive community treatment (ACT) model for people with serious mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice … ACT is a psychosocial intervention that was developed for people with severe mental illness (a subset of serious mental illness, marked by a higher degree of functional disability) who have significant difficulty living independently, high s... Read More
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4 pages
2013
Document 027742
Functional Impairment in Delinquent Youth
By Abram, Karen M.; Choe, Jeanne Y.; Washburn, Jason J.; Romero, Erin G.; Teplin, Linda A.; Bassett, Elena D.. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
“Research suggests that incarcerated youth have difficulty functioning in society as they age. This study reveals that 3 years after detention, most youth struggle in one or more life domains, and one in five youth is severely impaired [they face extreme difficulties in dealing with social, psychiatric, and academic issues from day-to-day] … Juvenile justice organizations, community groups, law enforcement, and corrections agencies must invest in targeted, comprehensive strategies to give these ... Read More
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12 pages
2013
Document 027743
What Works to Reduce Recidivism by Domestic Violence Offenders?
By Miller, Marna; Drake, Elizabeth; Nafziger, Mia. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) (Olympia, WA).
If your agency is thinking of using the Duluth model you need to read this report. It explains why the Duluth model for domestic violence (DV) treatment does not reduce DV recidivism. Group treatment of DV offenders with the Duluth model and four other models (cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relationship enhancement, substance abuse treatment, and group couples counseling) were evaluated. “Based on six rigorous outcome evaluations of group-based DV treatment for male offenders, we conclude t... Read More
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20 pages
2013
Document 027524
Testing the Effects of New York’s Domestic Violence Courts: A Statewide Impact Evaluation
By Cissner, Amanda B.; Labriola, Melissa; Rempel, Michael. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY).
The effectiveness of domestic violence courts to positively impact court processing, case resolutions, and recidivism is examined. If you are planning to implement a domestic violence court in your jurisdiction or are looking for ways to improve it, then you should read this report. This study found that court policies “varied widely across several domains, including specific accountability measures (i.e., use of various sanctions for noncompliance), victim safety and services (e.g., use of prot... Read More
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90 pages
2013
Document 027538
International Growth Trends in Prison Privatization
By Mason, Cody. Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
While “privatization has enjoyed a steady reemergence in the United States, the companies managing these facilities have faced persistent criticism for providing low-quality services, failing to save taxpayer money, and negatively affecting criminal justice policy. Despite these failures, several countries have followed the United States in utilizing private prisons and detention centers with the intent of decreasing correctional expenditures and reducing prison overcrowding. These developments ... Read More
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22 pages
2013
Document 027676
7 Keys to “Make EBPs Stick”: Lessons From the Field
By Taxman, Faye S..
“Recent evidence to improve the implementation of evidence-based supervision has focused on new training initiatives for staff. While training of staff is important to advance skills and knowledge about these practices, training can be very limited. Organizational strategies are needed to sustain the effort in evidence-based supervision. This article focuses on seven strategies.” Sections of this article include: what is all the hoopla about; strategies at the organizational level/completing the... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 027678
Stemming the Tide: Strategies to Reduce the Growth and Cut the Cost of the Federal Prison System
By Samuels, Julie; La Vigne, Nancy G.; Taxy, Samuel. Urban Institute (Washington, DC).
“The federal prison population has risen dramatically over the past few decades, as more people are sentenced to prison and for longer terms. The result? Dangerously overcrowded facilities and an increasing expense to taxpayers. In [this] new Urban Institute report, the authors project the population and cost savings impact of a variety of strategies designed to reduce the inmate population without compromising public safety. They find that the most effective approach is a combination of strate... Read More
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63 pages
2013
Document 027675
Too Many Going Back, Not Enough Getting Out? Supervision Violators, Probation Supervision, and Overcrowding in the Federal Bureau of Prisons
By Rowland, Matthew G..
While probation violations for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) seem to be increasing, this article clearly explains how the relative rate of revocation is actually declining. Topics discussed include: overcrowding in the BOP; supervision violators’ contribution to the overcrowding; factors influencing the number of supervisees revoked; based for revocation and recidivism; federal supervision strategies and practices; the federal approach to noncompliance; cost considerations to revocations; ... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 027457
The Potential of Community Corrections to Improve Safety and Reduce Incarceration
By McGarry, Peggy; Shames, Alison; Yaroni, Allon; Tamis, Karen; Subramanian, Ram; Eisen, Lauren-Brooke; Digard, Leon; Delaney, Ruth; Sullivan, Sara. Vera Institute of Justice. Center on Sentencing and Corrections (New York, NY).
“As the size and cost of jails and prisons have grown, so too has the awareness that public investment in incarceration has not yielded the expected return on public safety. Today, in the United States, an opportunity exists to reexamine the wisdom of our reliance on institutional corrections—incarceration in prisons or jails—and to reconsider the role of community-based corrections, which encompasses probation, parole, and pretrial supervision … States and counties are moving to shift the burde... Read More
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36 pages
2013
Document 027616
Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections
By Bonta, James; Sperber, Kimberly; Haas, Stephen. Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) (Washington, DC).
“Community corrections researchers and practitioners face many barriers when trying to implement evidence-based programs and practices in the field. This webinar offers some practical strategies for improving the implementation process and achieving better program results. James Bonta describes the efforts of the research team at Public Safety Canada to develop the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS) model and the large-scale, systematic steps taken to help ensure succ... Read More
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94 minutes
2013
Document 027635
Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
By Nellis, Ashley; Chung, Jean. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
“The lifer population has more than quadrupled in size since 1984. One in nine people in prison is now serving a life sentence and nearly a third of lifers will never have a chance at a parole hearing; they are certain to die in prison. This analysis documents long-term trends in the use of life imprisonment as well as providing empirical details for the offenses that comprise the life-sentenced population” (p. 1). This report contains these sections: introduction and key findings; the rise in l... Read More
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34 pages
2013
Document 027635
Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
By Nellis, Ashley; Chung, Jean. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
“The lifer population has more than quadrupled in size since 1984. One in nine people in prison is now serving a life sentence and nearly a third of lifers will never have a chance at a parole hearing; they are certain to die in prison. This analysis documents long-term trends in the use of life imprisonment as well as providing empirical details for the offenses that comprise the life-sentenced population” (p. 1). This report contains these sections: introduction and key findings; the rise in l... Read More
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34 pages
2013
Document 027729
The Federal Bonding Program: A US Department of Labor Initiative
McLaughlin Company (Rockville, MD).
“Failure to become employed after release is a major factor contributing to the high rate of recidivism. Having a record of arrest, conviction or imprisonment functions as a significant barrier to employment since employers generally view ex-offenders as potentially untrustworthy workers and insurance companies usually designate ex-offenders as being “not bondable” for job honesty … The bonds issued by the FBP [Federal Bonding Program] serve as a job placement tool by guaranteeing to the employe... Read More
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Document 027729
The Federal Bonding Program: A US Department of Labor Initiative
McLaughlin Company (Rockville, MD).
“Failure to become employed after release is a major factor contributing to the high rate of recidivism. Having a record of arrest, conviction or imprisonment functions as a significant barrier to employment since employers generally view ex-offenders as potentially untrustworthy workers and insurance companies usually designate ex-offenders as being “not bondable” for job honesty … The bonds issued by the FBP [Federal Bonding Program] serve as a job placement tool by guaranteeing to the employe... Read More
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Document 027624
Updated Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Promising Practices for Prevention and Intervention Services For Children and Juveniles in the Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Mental Health Systems
University of Washington. Evidence-Based Institute (EBPI) (Seattle, WA).
This inventory includes those mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice intervention and prevention services that are provided to children and juveniles in Washington State and are considered to use promising practices. Programs added to the inventory include: five programs that met the criteria of a promising program-- “A program or practice that has had multiple site random controlled trials across heterogeneous populations demonstrating that the program or practice is effective for t... Read More
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6 pages
2013
Document 027677
Changing Probation Officer Attitudes: Training Experience, Motivation, and Knowledge
By Lowencamp, Christopher T.; Holsinger, Alexander M.; Flores, Anthony W.; Koutsenok, Igor; Pearl, Natalie.
The impact of evidence-based training on the level of probation officers’ (POs) knowledge of “what works” in effective interventions and also on the POs’ attitudes about providing better service are examined. This study shows that “the training had an immediate effect on several indicators regarding knowledge of evidence-based correctional practices, belief in self-efficacy regarding offender change (on the part of probation officers), and an increasing awareness of the importance of core correc... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 027094
The National Institute of Justice’s Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts: Program Characteristics and Preliminary Themes from Year 1
By Lindquist, Christine; Walters, Jennifer Hardison; Rempel, Michael; Carey, Shannon M.. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). RTI International (Research Triangle Park, NC); NPC Research (Portland, OR); Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY).
Results from an initial cross-site process evaluation of eight Second Chance Act (SCA) funded reentry courts are presented. Sections of this report include: introduction; reentry courts defined; the NIJ’s Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts (NESCAARC) evaluation; selected grantees and the courts’ location; program context—start-up vs. expansion, integration with drug courts, and mechanisms for judicial authority; pre-entry courts; target population and enrollment—criminal justic... Read More
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24 pages
2013
Document 027109
Tinkering with Life: A Look at the Inappropriateness of Life Without Parole as an Alternative to the Death Penalty
By Nellis, Ashley.
Problems with and suggested solutions for the increased use of life without parole (LWOP) are discussed. This article is divided into six sections: the rise of LWOP sentences; causes for LWOP expansion—tough on crime, repeal of the death penalty, public mistrust, and promotion of LWOP as a replacement for the death penalty; what is wrong with LWOP—lack of heightened review, mandatory sentences, and racial disparity; LWOP as an inappropriate alternative to the death penalty; suggestions for refor... Read More
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20 pages
2013
Document 027111
The Bridge to Somewhere: How Research Made its Way into Legislative Juvenile Justice Reform in Ohio: A Case Study|Revised [edition]
By Celeste, Gabriella. Case Western Reserve University. Schubert Center for Child Studies (Cleveland, OH).
The instrumental use of evidence-based research for influencing the passage of reform efforts affecting the juvenile justice system in Ohio is explained. “Many states across the country face the challenges posed by young people in the juvenile justice system. Ohio is among the few states that has created and implemented innovative funding strategies and relied on research and evaluation to improve its approach” (p. i). Sections following an executive summary are: introduction—case study as a lea... Read More
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50 pages
2013
Document 027493
The Value of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils in Wisconsin
This video explains the use of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCCs) in Wisconsin. “Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils allow all key decision makers to come to the table for open and honest discussions. These discussions lead to safer communities, lower costs and closing the revolving door of the criminal justice system.”... Read More
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8 minutes
2013
Document 027493
The Value of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils in Wisconsin
This video explains the use of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCCs) in Wisconsin. “Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils allow all key decision makers to come to the table for open and honest discussions. These discussions lead to safer communities, lower costs and closing the revolving door of the criminal justice system.”... Read More
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8 minutes
2013
Document 027358
The Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Recidivism Report: Juveniles with a 2007 Case Closure
By Fowler, Justine; Anderson, Rebecca; Bender, Linda; Green, Tom. Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) (Harrisburg, PA); Stoneleigh Foundation. Emerging Leader Fellowship Program (Philadelphia, PA). Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (Harrisburg, PA).
“The current study had two overarching goals. Since the core premise of the JJSES [Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy] is that recidivism rates can be reduced through the implementation of evidence-based practices, the first goal was to establish a recidivism benchmark against which the JJSES could be measured. The second goal was to examine differences between recidivists and non-recidivists in terms of demographics and other key variables to identify factors related to recidivism in ... Read More
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141 pages
2013
Document 027629
Annual Privatization Report 2013: Criminal Justice and Corrections
By Gilroy, Leonard; Kenny, Harris; Volokh, Alexander; Livingston, Andrew. Reason Foundation (Los Angeles, CA).
If you are looking for a great overview of privatization and public-private partnerships in criminal justice and corrections, then this is the place to start. “Now in its 26th year of publication, Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report is the world's longest running and most comprehensive report on privatization news, developments and trends” The Criminal Justice and Corrections section contains subsections covering: A. 2012 Corrections Privatization Overview; B. State and International... Read More
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41 pages
2013
Document 027628
Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness
By Duran, Le’Ann; Plotkin, Martha; Potter, Phoebe; Rosen, Henry. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Philadelphia, PA); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). Council of State Governments Justice Center (New York, NY).
“Employment providers are already serving large numbers of individuals released from correctional facilities or who are required to find jobs as conditions of their probation or parole. Yet the corrections, reentry, and workforce development fields have lacked an integrated tool that draws on the best thinking about reducing recidivism and improving job placement and retention to guide correctional supervision and the provision of community-based services. To address this gap, this white paper p... Read More
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76 pages
2013
Document 027632
Journal of Juvenile Justice
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
If you want to keep up with the juvenile justice field, then this e-journal should be on your list. “The Journal of Juvenile Justice is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Articles address the full range of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.”... Read More
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2013
Document 027632
Journal of Juvenile Justice
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
If you want to keep up with the juvenile justice field, then this e-journal should be on your list. “The Journal of Juvenile Justice is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Articles address the full range of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.”... Read More
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2013
Document 027632
Journal of Juvenile Justice
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
If you want to keep up with the juvenile justice field, then this e-journal should be on your list. “The Journal of Juvenile Justice is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Articles address the full range of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.”... Read More
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2013
Document 027089
Webinar: The Recidivism Reduction Checklists: A Resource for State Leaders and Corrections Agencies
National Reentry Resource Center (New York, NY).
“Three checklists are introduced during this webinar, each tailored to distinct audiences: 1) Executive and Legislative Policymakers; 2) State Corrections Administrators; 3) State Reentry Coordinators. During this webinar a distinguished panel of state corrections directors, policy staff, and state reentry coordinators discussed the content of the checklists, as well as ways that state corrections administrators and their staff can use the checklists to bolster recidivism reduction efforts withi... Read More
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9 minutes + 37 pages
2013
Document 026917
Evidence-Based Practices in the Criminal Justice System: An Annotated Bibliography
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
“What Is the Evidence? Evidence-based policy and practice is focused on reducing offender risk, which in turn reduces new crime and improves public safety. Of the many available approaches to community supervision, a few core principles stand out as proven risk reduction strategies. Though not all of the principles are supported by the same weight of evidence, each has been proven to influence positive behavior change. To organize the research, these core principles have been compiled… into the ... Read More
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82 pages
2013
Document 026917
Evidence-Based Practices in the Criminal Justice System: An Annotated Bibliography
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
“What Is the Evidence? Evidence-based policy and practice is focused on reducing offender risk, which in turn reduces new crime and improves public safety. Of the many available approaches to community supervision, a few core principles stand out as proven risk reduction strategies. Though not all of the principles are supported by the same weight of evidence, each has been proven to influence positive behavior change. To organize the research, these core principles have been compiled… into the ... Read More
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82 pages
2013
Document 026954
The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in Four California Cities
Council of State Governments. Justice Center (Lexington, KY).
This study’s purpose was to “determine the extent to which people on probation and parole contribute to the demands on the resources of local law enforcement, and to identify what opportunities exist to use data to target their limited resources more effectively” (p. 3). Some of the findings show that: only one in five arrests are people on probation or parole; for these individuals one in six arrests were for violent crime, one in three for drug crime; and an assessment of a parolee for risk of... Read More
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52 pages
2013
Document 026955
Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Council of State Governments. Justice Center (Lexington, KY).
“The goal of this project is to make existing research and practices accessible while encouraging learners to ask the right questions at the right times and develop productive collaborations and programs that serve the needs of their communities. While the curriculum is presented as a comprehensive resource on how to plan and implement a mental health court, it is also designed to be easily adapted to supplement existing trainings, for new mental health court team members, or as a tune-up for te... Read More
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Document 027244
Get Smart About … Rewards and Sanctions: The Facts about Contingency Management
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
“A risk-based Incentives and Sanctions program is an evidence-based intervention where supervising officers apply sanctions or rewards in response to specific behaviors of the offender. The goal is to increase positive behavior change related to behavior such as reducing drug use or applying for jobs” (p. 1). This primer covers what contingency management is; how it works; why it works; who to use it with; important things to remember; what the research says; the immediate, certain, relevant, an... Read More
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2 pages
2013
Document 026996
Justice Reinvestment
National Conferences of State Legislatures (NCSL) (Denver, CO).
This website provides access to resources regarding state initiatives in justice reinvestment. “Justice reinvestment typically involves: Collecting and analyzing data and criminal justice trends related to jail and prison populations; Developing and adopting policies that manage existing resources and generate savings without compromising public safety; Reinvesting a portion of those savings in criminal justice and other community programs that further reduce recidivism and prevent crime; and Me... Read More
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2013
Document 027061
Toolkit for Court-Involved Youth and Exposure to Violence
Safe Start Center (North Bethesda, MD).
“Research shows that most youth entering the juvenile justice system are estimated to have been exposed to violence and other traumatic events, oftentimes having experienced multiple types of victimizations. Youth in the juvenile justice system already face significant challenges related to their incarceration and justice involvement, including separation from their families, communities, education and other positive social networks. Having a trauma-informed justice system is critical to promoti... Read More
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2013
Document 027254
A Guide to Calculating Justice-System Marginal Costs
By Henrichson, Christian; Galgano, Sarah. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Vera Institute of Justice. Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit (New York, NY).
"Any economic study of a justice-related investment needs to use the right cost information in its calculations. The type of cost used makes a difference in the accuracy of a study’s findings, as well as its relevance for policymaking, budgeting, and practice. Vera’s Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit has published this guide to help technical users and general readers understand marginal cost—the amount of change in total cost when a unit of output changes." “This guide [in particular] instructs policy... Read More
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28 pages
2013
Document 027265
When a Person Isn’t a Data Point: Making Evidence-Based Practice Work
By Lowenkamp, Christopher T.; Holsinger, Alexander M.; Robinson, Charles R.; Cullen, Francis T..
This article presents a critical look at the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in corrections. “While we [the authors] agree that the field of corrections has increased the quality of programming and services over the years (i.e., listening to the data points), we argue that the EBP movement in the field of corrections is widespread but exceedingly shallow (failing to see the person) … In an effort to illustrate how we have missed the essence of EBP in corrections, we present the history of... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 027260
Six Steps to Improve Your Drug Court Outcomes for Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders
By Steadman, Henry J.; Peters, Roger H.; Carpenter, Christine; Mueser, Kim T.; Jaeger, Norma D.; Gordon, Richard B.; Fisler, Carol; Goss, Stephen; Olson, Eric; Osher, Fred C.; Noether, Chanson D.; Hardin, Carolyn. National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) (Alexandria, VA).
“One of the biggest challenges for drug courts is effectively working with participants with co-occurring disorders. By definition, persons with the dual diagnosis of both substance use disorders and mental illnesses have co-occurring disorders … every adult drug court can achieve positive outcomes for persons with co-occurring disorders—if the court is committed to doing so. With some creativity and thoughtful planning, most persons with co-occurring disorders can successfully participate in d... Read More
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28 pages
2013
Document 027236
Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice
By Fratello, Jennifer; Kapur, Tarika Daftary; Chasan, Alice. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL). Vera Institute of Justice. Center on Youth Justice (New York, NY).
This is a great introduction to the process by which an organization can evaluate whether a program is evidence-based is explained. “Although this guide grows out of and is targeted to juvenile justice practitioners, it is generally applicable to programs in other social service fields as well. It also bears noting that the steps described here are neither simple nor easy. Nevertheless, they are worth undertaking—even if a program does not complete the entire process, any progress along the way ... Read More
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2013
Document 027392
Juvenile Justice Reform: More Bang for the Buck
By Wiederstein, Robert.
“Meaningful juvenile justice reform follows a predictable path. A prerequisite is understanding that punitive, exclusionary and stigmatizing interventions are unlikely to reduce crime and may increase anti-social behavior. Of those, incarceration and out-of-home placement are the most expensive and detrimental interventions. Put another way, a great deal of research supports which programs work—and don’t work—and finding them has never been easier. Additionally, services are more likely to be ef... Read More
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5 pages
2013
Document 026790
National Institute of Corrections Report to the Nation FY 2012: Learn, Achieve, Perform
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
“This document is the latest edition of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Report to the Nation. With many new programs and agency initiatives unlike any we have experienced in the recent past, this fiscal year (FY) 2012 report is one I am very pleased to present. Despite our small budget and size, we continue to operate with agility, responding to the needs of local areas around the country to safeguard communities while providing training and professional development opportunities to ... Read More
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53 pages
2013
Document 027415
Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
Beaches Resorts (Miami, FL). Sesame Workshop (New York, NY).
Sesame Workshop's newest initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, provides much-needed bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia tools for families with young children (ages 3-8) who have an incarcerated parent. These FREE resources include a resource kit with A Guide for Parents and Caregivers, a Children's Storybook, and a new Sesame Street video; an Incarcerated Parent Tip Sheet; and the Sesame Street: Incarceration mobile app for smart phones and tablets, all of which can ... Read More
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Document 027399
School Engagement and Juvenile Offending Among Maltreated Youth Who Vary by Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Type of Child Maltreatment
By George, Thomas P.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (Washington, DC). Washington. Administrative Office of the Courts. Washington State Center for Court Research (Olympia, WA).
“Child maltreatment is a pervasive social problem affecting millions of children and their families every year. While past research has documented the short and long-term deleterious outcomes of abused and neglected children, variations in outcomes based on type of maltreatment, race/ethnicity, and gender are not well understood. This study explored the interrelationships of these variables on youths’ school engagement and juvenile criminal offending in a large, diverse sample followed prospecti... Read More
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43 pages
2012
Document 027400
Nebraska Crime Commission Juvenile Reference Guide
By Rivera, Jamie. Nebraska Crime Commission (Lincoln, NE); Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Lincoln, NE).
An overview of Nebraska’s detention practices for juveniles is provided. This guide contains: a list of U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) definitions; flowchart to determine if a juvenile is in a secure or non-secure custody status in an adult jail or lockup; summary of the JJDP(Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention) Act regarding juvenile detention or correctional facilities; JJDP summary regarding adult jails and lockups; summary of JJDP Act regarding other faci... Read More
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9 pages
2012
Document 027069
Why Is the NSW Prison Population Falling?|Crime and Justice Statistics Bureau Brief
By Fitzgerald, Jacqueline; Corben, Simon. NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (Canberra, NSW).
Factors leading to a reduction in the number of prisoners in New South Wales (NSW) following a fifteen year increase of 65% are ascertained. sections of this brief include: introduction; changes in remand and sentenced prisoner populations; changes in the offence profile of sentenced prisoners; changes in the number of offenders convicted; changes in the percentage of offenders sentenced to prison; changes in sentence length; summarizing the changes; and conclusion. “Corrections data showed that... Read More
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6 pages
2012
Document 027259
Behavior Modification 101 for Drug Courts: Making the Most of Incentives and Sanctions
By Marlowe, Douglas B.. National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) (Alexandria, VA).
“Drug Courts improve outcomes for drug-abusing offenders by combining evidence-based substance abuse treatment with strict behavioral accountability. Participants are carefully monitored for substance use and related behaviors and receive escalating incentives for accomplishments and sanctions for infractions. The nearly unanimous perception of both participants and staff members is that the positive effects of Drug Courts are largely attributable to the application of these behavioral contingen... Read More
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12 pages
2012
Document 027262
Alternative Tracks in Adult Drug Courts: Matching Your Program to the Needs of Your Clients: Part Two of a Two-Part Series
By Marlowe, Douglas B.. National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) (Alexandria, VA).
“If a drug court has such compelling reasons to serve low-risk or low-need individuals, it should consider making substantive modifications to its program to accommodate the characteristics of its participants. This document describes a conceptual framework and evidence-based practice recommendations for designing alternative tracks within a drug court to serve different types of adult participants” (p. 1). Topics explained include: the risk and needs principles; risk and need matrix; high risk ... Read More
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12 pages
2012
Document 027262
Alternative Tracks in Adult Drug Courts: Matching Your Program to the Needs of Your Clients: Part Two of a Two-Part Series
By Marlowe, Douglas B.. National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) (Alexandria, VA).
“If a drug court has such compelling reasons to serve low-risk or low-need individuals, it should consider making substantive modifications to its program to accommodate the characteristics of its participants. This document describes a conceptual framework and evidence-based practice recommendations for designing alternative tracks within a drug court to serve different types of adult participants” (p. 1). Topics explained include: the risk and needs principles; risk and need matrix; high risk ... Read More
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12 pages
2012
Document 027262
Alternative Tracks in Adult Drug Courts: Matching Your Program to the Needs of Your Clients: Part Two of a Two-Part Series
By Marlowe, Douglas B.. National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) (Alexandria, VA).
“If a drug court has such compelling reasons to serve low-risk or low-need individuals, it should consider making substantive modifications to its program to accommodate the characteristics of its participants. This document describes a conceptual framework and evidence-based practice recommendations for designing alternative tracks within a drug court to serve different types of adult participants” (p. 1). Topics explained include: the risk and needs principles; risk and need matrix; high risk ... Read More
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12 pages
2012
Document 027240
Work Product of the 151st International Training Course: “Evidence-Based Treatment of Offenders”
United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) (Tokyo, Japan).
This Training Course covers “various issues that relate to the evidence-based treatment of offenders. This issue contains papers contributed by visiting experts, selected individual presentation papers from among the participants, and the Reports of the 151st.” Contents of this volume are: Visiting Experts’ Paper. “Risk/Needs Assessment: From Theory and Methods to Policy and Practice” by Dr. Laurence Louis Motiuk (Canada) ; “The Effectiveness, Efficiency and Relevancy of Correctional Programs: A... Read More
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153 pages
2012
Document 027235
Designing More Effective Correctional Programs Using Evidence-Based Practices
By Latessa, Edward J.. United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) (Tokyo, Japan).
Are you looking for a research-based primer on evidence-based practices. Then this article is the place to start. “Through the lens of RNR [risk, need, and responsivity] scholars and practitioners alike have a framework by which they can better study and understand criminal conduct and the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of correctional programs. This model has been widely accepted in the USA, and I believe that approach provides a framework for designing effective correctional programs. This pa... Read More
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16 pages
2012
Document 027235
Designing More Effective Correctional Programs Using Evidence-Based Practices
By Latessa, Edward J.. United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) (Tokyo, Japan).
Are you looking for a research-based primer on evidence-based practices. Then this article is the place to start. “Through the lens of RNR [risk, need, and responsivity] scholars and practitioners alike have a framework by which they can better study and understand criminal conduct and the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of correctional programs. This model has been widely accepted in the USA, and I believe that approach provides a framework for designing effective correctional programs. This pa... Read More
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16 pages
2012
Document 027017
The Problem of Gangs and Security Threat Groups (STG’s) in American Prisons and Jails Today: Recent Findings from the 2012 NGCRC National Gang/STG Survey
By Knox, George W.. National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) (Peotone, IL).
This is an excellent publication containing a wealth of information about problems associated with gangs and security threat groups (STGs) in American jails and prisons. Sections of this report include: introduction; prior research; definitions; methodology; characteristics of the responding correctional facilities; scope and extent of the gang/STG problem in American corrections; the issue of gang recruitment behind bars; the issues and controversies about religious worship for inmates and pris... Read More
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35 pages
2012
Document 027024
Evaluation of the Insight Prison Project
By Silva, Fabiana; Hartney, Christopher. National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) (.
“IPP [Insight Prison Project] programs are designed for incarcerated populations to develop insight and awareness about their emotions, behaviors, and motivations; practice new skills; and integrate these new skills into all aspects of their lives in order to correct entrenched negative behavioral patterns. IPP’s programs focus on a socialization process, a process of transformational re-education, that is designed to bring about a shift in ingrained patterns of harmful and destructive behavior;... Read More
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11 pages
2012
Document 027067
Promising Practices Guide Supporting the Recovery of Justice-Involved Consumers
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD). Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) (Delmar, NY); National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Support, Technical Assistance and Resources (STAR) Center (Arlington, VA).
“The field is gradually recognizing that reduced recidivism and treatment compliance are just two indicators of success. Stable housing and employment are other indicators. Increasingly, programs are integrating evidence-based practices (EBPs) into their program models. However, existing EBPs often need to be adapted or modified to address the “culture of incarceration” and specific issues (e.g., housing, employment and family reunification) germane to justice-involved consumers reentering the c... Read More
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18 pages
2012
Document 026714
Can a Faith-Based Prison Reduce Recidivism
By Johnson, Byron R..
The use of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) in Texas prisons is evaluated. This program appears to be a promising strategy for promoting prosocial behavior. 'IFI is a Christ-centered, Bible-based prison program that supports and encourages inmates through a process of spiritual and moral transformation, which begins while they are incarcerated and continues after release' (p. 61). The program has three phases: two while in prison lasting 16-24 months and an aftercare phase of 6 to 12 mon... Read More
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3 pages
2012
Document 026690
State Reforms Reducing Collateral Consequences for People with Criminal Records: 2011-2012 Legislative Round-Up
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (New York, NY); Crossroad Bible Instate (Grandville, MI); National Employment Law Project (NELP) (New York, NY); National H.I.R.E. Network (New York, NY); The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
'Collateral consequences are the additional penalties tied to a conviction that greatly impact an individual's capacity to engage politically, economically and socially upon their reentry to society. These consequences include barriers to housing, education, and employment, felony disenfranchisement, and ineligibility for public benefits. Collateral consequences are distinct from direct consequences of convictions in that they are not factored into the calculation of punishment or sentencing, an... Read More
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2012
Document 026715
Faith Based Programs for Offender Reentry-US Department of Justice-DC Public Safety Radio
By Sipes, Leonard; Schneeberg, Eugene. DC Public Safety (Washington, DC).
'The program interviews Eugene Schneeberg Director, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Center's goal is to strengthen and expand partnerships with faith and community-based organizations throughout the country and provide critical support to people in need. The office serves as a bridge between local and national non-profit organizations and the Department of Justice. They seek to connect faith and community-based organizations with relevant... Read More
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Document 026716
Technology in Corrections-Corrections Technology Center of Excellence-DC Public Safety Radio
By Sipes, Leonard; Russo, Joe. DC Public Safety (Washington, DC).
"The program interviews Joe Russo, Director, Corrections Technology Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Joe addresses the use of GPS tracking of offenders, methods to search computers owned by offenders and additional corrections and law enforcement technology under development by the center."... Read More
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Document 026515
Learning From People Who Succeed Upon Release: Strategies, Approaches and Tools That Can Make a Difference
By Gnall, Kathleen. Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, DC); Joyce Foundation (Chicago, IL); Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD); Open Society Institute-New York (New York, NY). National Reentry Resource Center (New York, NY); Council of State Governments. Justice Center (New York, NY); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC).
“Suggestions for adopting organizational strategies [for offender reentry programs] informed by evaluation findings, practitioners, and those who have transitioned successfully” (p. 5). Topics discussed during this presentation include: reasons to be optimistic regarding the criminal justice system; what we can do better and we are committed to doing so; an expert’s viewpoint; moving forward; context for change; selection of successful strategies; what we are asking of the offender; individual c... Read More
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39 pages
2012
Document 026469
A Checklist for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (EBPs) for Justice-Involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders
By Blandford, Alex M.; Osher, Fred C.. GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY); Council of State Governments. Justice Center (New York, NY).
An “easy-to-use checklist to help behavioral health agencies assess their utilization of EBPs associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes” is presented (p. 2). The checklist is divided into two sections. Section One: questions regarding whether an organization has the components in place to build a cross-collaborative system to support the implementation of EBPs. This checklist is divided into columns noting steps (elements in place), rationale, actions, and progress (no pr... Read More
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13 pages
2012
Document 026830
EBP: The Implications of Supervision: Strategies for Improving Corrections' Capacity for Implementing EBPs: The Colorado EBP Project for Implementation Capacity (EPIC) Staff Development System
By Bogue, Brad. American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY).
This article looks at the Colorado’s EBP Project for Implementation Capacity (EPIC). “EPIC is a pilot demonstration project to test the efficacy of implementation strategies, especially ones for improving corrections’ capacity for implementing EBPs. This project emphasizes building capacity to implement by focusing on developing a certain set of skills within a select set of staff in 17 different corrections organizations. The skills emphasized are offender assessment, cognitive behavioral tre... Read More
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18 pages
2012
Document 026689
Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders: Family Education Videos|Revised [edition]
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD).
'SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration] has produced three family education videos to accompany the Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders series [NIC accession no. 026623]. The videos include interviews of people in recovery and their loved ones and provide key information for those supporting people in treatment and recovery.' These videos are: Families in Recovery--Explaining Addiction; Triggers and Cravings; and Roadmap for R... Read More
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2012
Document 026022
Better Results, Lower Costs: Washington State’s Cutting-Edge Policy Analysis Model
Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD). Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Center on the States (Washington, DC); John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL).
“In the state of Washington, legislators and executive agencies use a cutting-edge research model to help achieve that goal, by identifying evidence-based policies that provide the best return on taxpayers’ investment” (p. 1). This brief describes the process Washington uses to make decisions on whether to invest in a particular criminal justice program. Sections of this publication cover: the Results First Model—analyze, predict, calculate, rank, identify, assess, and work with policy makers; a... Read More
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Document 025292
Performance Based Measurement System: What Really Counts in Corrections!
  • [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held September 14, 2011]
  • National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This program provides information about the nationwide automated Performance-Based Measures System (PBMS). PBMS is an accurate, consistent way to capture, record, report and share data between correctional agencies. It was created by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). Participants will be able to:
    • Describe the scope and development of PBMS regarding how specific needs gave rise to PBMS solutions;
    • Describe the key components of PBMS;
    • Examine the benefits of ... Read More
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    1 video DVD (130 minutes)
    2012
    Document 026037
    Spotlight on Reentry
    George Mason University. Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE) (Fairfax, VA).
    This edition looks at the ongoing work of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE) related to prisoner reentry. Articles in this issue include: “An Introduction by ACE Director Fay S. Taxman”; “EMTAP: Evidence Mapping to Advance Justice Practice” by Jennifer Lerch; “Corrections Officers’ Role in Reentry” by Lerch; “Mental Health Issues in Reentry” by Carolyn Watson; “Probation & Parole: Uncovering What Works with Still a lot to Learn!” by Danielle S. Rudes; “Hearing from the Expert... Read More
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    17 pages
    2012
    Document 026254
    Rigorous Program Evaluations on a Budget: How Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials Are Possible in Many Areas of Social Policy
    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL); William T. Grant Foundation (New York, NY). Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (Washington, DC).
    “The increasing ability of social policy researchers to conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) at low cost could revolutionize the field of performance-based government. RCTs are widely judged to be the most credible method of evaluating whether a social program is effective, overcoming the demonstrated inability of other, more common methods to produce definitive evidence … Purpose of this document: To illustrate the feasibility and value of low-cost RCTs for policy officials and researche... Read More
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    10 pages
    2012
    Document 026267
    Findings and Recommendations from a Statewide Outcome Evaluation of Ohio Jails
    By Martin, Brian D.; Kowalski, Brian R.; Schnelle, Sharon M.. Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction. Bureau of Research and Evaluation (Columbus, OH); Ohio Dept. of Public Safety. Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) (Columbus, OH).
    “The project was designed to better establish the correlates of high-functioning jails, and to identify a set of best practices for jails that are grounded in empirical research … In particular, [the authors] identify a set of recommendations and identified best practices stemming from actual operational procedures and administrative capacity while also assessing the effectiveness of current inspection activities and jail standards in Ohio” (p. viii). Major findings and implications are reported... Read More
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    107 pages
    2012
    Document 026300
    Stopping the Madness: A New Reentry System for Juvenile Corrections
    By Sells, Scott; Sullivan, Irene; DeVore, Donald.
    If you are looking for a strategy to reduce the increasing rates of juvenile recidivism in your jurisdiction then this article should be on your “Must Read” list. The promising evidence-based reentry model described herein is called Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL). PLL is being utilized in seven states. Sections of this article include: one potential solution—a new reentry operating system utilizing community-level collaboration; summary of reentry delivery system changes; five recommendati... Read More
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    5 pages
    2012
    Document 026291
    Addiction, The Brain, and Evidence Based Treatment
    U.S. Dept. of Justice (Washington, DC).
    “Dr. Chandler will discuss why punishment alone is an ineffective response to the problem of drug abuse in the criminal justice system … Dr. Chandler will also highlight evidence-based principles of addiction treatment based on an integrated public health/public safety strategy.” Topics discussed include: drugs of abuse and crime are linked; smoking in criminal justice; mental health disorders among incarcerated populations; key participants in the criminal justice system and intervention opport... Read More
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    2012
    Document 025556
    Motivational Interviewing in Corrections: A Comprehensive Guide to Implementing MI in Corrections
    By Bogue, Bradford; Nandi, Anjali. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This guide explains how to implement motivational interviewing (MI) in correctional settings. Motivational Interviewing is a counseling technique that enables people to get beyond their reluctance to change problem behaviors. MI is directive (focused on goals), client-centered, and non-confrontational. The first four chapters of this guide “address background and fundamental issues related to agency or systemwide implementation of MI … [while the last two chapters] address agency issues, such as... Read More
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    84 pages
    2012
    Document 026000
    Evidence-Based Practices Implementation for Capacity (EPIC)
    By English, Kim; Pasini-Hill, Diane; Bonaiuto, David. Colorado Dept. of Public Safety. Office of Research and Statistics (Denver, CO).
    This is a great article regarding the statewide implementation of evidence-based correctional practice. The Evidence-Based Practices Implementation for Capacity (EPIC) is a collaborative effort of five agencies in Colorado that “seeks to change the way correctional agencies conduct daily business by changing the ways that correctional staff interact with offenders” (p. 2). Mental Health First Aid training is one EPIC intervention aimed at detecting and helping people with mental health problems.... Read More
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    12 pages
    2012
    Document 027409
    Effectiveness of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: A Report to the Texas Legislature
    Texas Juvenile Justice Dept. (Austin, TX).
    “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an implementation framework that is designed to enhance academic and social behavior outcomes for all students by (a) emphasizing the use of data for informing decisions about the selection, implementation, and progress monitoring of evidence-based behavioral practices; and (b) organizing resources and systems to improve durable implementation fidelity (Sugai and Simonsen, June 19, 2012)” (p. 1). Sections include: introduction to Positive... Read More
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    29 pages
    2012
    Document 027185
    Evidence-Based Treatment of Offenders: Work Product of the 151st International Training Course
    United Nations Asia and Fair East Institute for the Protection of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) (Tokyo, Japan).
    “The ultimate goal of any correctional intervention is to prevent and reduce reoffending, and there is growing recognition that programmes solely based upon experience and intuition do not produce satisfactory results. Information about “what works,” generated through research or evaluation using accepted scientific methods, should guide the treatment of offenders. This is the essential philosophy of the “evidence-based approach.” There are two major components to the evidence-based treatment... Read More
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    153 pages
    2012
    Document 027187
    Where Are All the Photographs of Solitary Confinement?
    By Brook, Pete. Prison Photography.
    The strength of this blog entry is it’s linking to pictures of conditions in solitary confinement. Since photographic evidence is so hard to locate, the links to these photographs make it easy to see how your agency’s practices compare to other agencies.... Read More
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    12 pages
    2012
    Document 027140
    Evidence Based Treatment for Youths in Juvenile Drug Courts
    By Muck, Randolph D.. Advocates for Youth and Family Behavioral Health Treatment, LLC (Frederick, MD).
    These presentation slides are an excellent introduction to the “provi[sion] of youth with evidence-based/promising practices for substance use, mental health and multiple co-occurring needs” (p. 1). Topics discussed include: early adolescent treatment work; the current renaissance of adolescent treatment research; multiple clinical problems are the norm; youth are involved in multiple systems placing competing demands on them and potentially in conflict with each other; the cost of treatment is ... Read More
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    57 pages
    2012
    Document 027529
    The Role of Culture in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
    By Legha, Rupinder Kaur; Novins, Douglas.
    The necessity of incorporating cultural aspects of American Indians (AI) and Alaska Natives (AN) into alcohol and drug interventions targeted to these populations is examined. Results show how the role of AI/AN foundational beliefs and values influences specific cultural interventions, the adaptation of Western models, and the challenges faced. The combination of these factors will result in effective substance abuse treatment for individuals and groups. “The prominence of foundational beliefs ... Read More
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    7 pages
    2012
    Document 027142
    A Summary Checklist of Evidence-Based Drug Court Treatment Practices
    By Peters, Roger H.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC); National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). American University. School of Public Affairs. Center for State Courts (Washington, DC).
    “This checklist [of 13 elements] is designed to assist in reviewing drug court programs’ treatment services to determine whether they reflect the use of evidence-based treatment practices. The checklist should be used in conjunction with a companion document entitled “Drug Court Treatment Services: Applying Research Findings to Practice - Issues Commentary and Resource Brief” [NIC accession number 027141” (p. 1).... Read More
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    2 pages
    2012
    Document 027142
    A Summary Checklist of Evidence-Based Drug Court Treatment Practices
    By Peters, Roger H.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC); National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). American University. School of Public Affairs. Center for State Courts (Washington, DC).
    “This checklist [of 13 elements] is designed to assist in reviewing drug court programs’ treatment services to determine whether they reflect the use of evidence-based treatment practices. The checklist should be used in conjunction with a companion document entitled “Drug Court Treatment Services: Applying Research Findings to Practice - Issues Commentary and Resource Brief” [NIC accession number 027141” (p. 1).... Read More
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    2 pages
    2012
    Document 027142
    A Summary Checklist of Evidence-Based Drug Court Treatment Practices
    By Peters, Roger H.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC); National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). American University. School of Public Affairs. Center for State Courts (Washington, DC).
    “This checklist [of 13 elements] is designed to assist in reviewing drug court programs’ treatment services to determine whether they reflect the use of evidence-based treatment practices. The checklist should be used in conjunction with a companion document entitled “Drug Court Treatment Services: Applying Research Findings to Practice - Issues Commentary and Resource Brief” [NIC accession number 027141” (p. 1).... Read More
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    2 pages
    2012
    Document 027724
    TB in Correctional Facilities in the United States
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Atlanta, GA).
    If you have questions about tuberculosis (TB) in correctional settings, then this website is for you. Information is presented according to: background and risk factors; TB prevention and control measures in correctional facilities; surveillance data on TB in correctional facilities; and CDC resources on TB in correctional facilities—correctional and public health resources by state, CDC recommendations, TB Fact Series and Questions and Answers about Tuberculosis (both in English and Spanish ver... Read More
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    2012
    Document 027766
    Implementing Proven Programs for Juvenile Offenders: Assessing State Progress
    By Greenwood, Peter W.; Welsh, Brandon C.; Rocque, Michael. Association for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Prctice (Downington, PA).
    “This report compares states on the basis of the amount of the best evidence-based programming they are providing, and the efforts they are making to promote evidence based practices and policies. One of the key goals of this study is to help state policymakers and practitioners identify strategies and techniques that can help expand the quality and availability of EBPs [evidence-based practices] in their jurisdictions” (p. 10). Sections following an executive summary are: introduction; evidence... Read More
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    40 pages
    2011
    Document 027348
    What Works in Corrections: Reducing the Criminal Activities of Offenders and Delinquents
    By MacKenzie, Doris Layton. Pennsylvania State University. Justice Center for Research (University Park, PA).
    These presentation slides explain the use evidence-based assessment in correctional settings. Topics discussed include: corrections in the United States; methods for determining what works—the Maryland Crime Prevention Report, and meta-analyses; effective programs; theory of cognitive transformation; implication for reentry programs; future needs; and new developments in evidence-based policy.... Read More
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    48 pages
    2011
    Document 027528
    Use of the Evidence Base in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Pursuing Quality in the Crucible of Practice and Policy
    By Novins, Douglas K.; Aarons, Gregory A. ; Conti, Sarah G.; Dahlke, Dennis; Daw, Raymond; Fickenscher, Candace Fleming; Love, Craig; Masis, Kathleen; Spicer, Paul.
    Observations presented during a panel discussion of experts regarding the detrimental effects of evidence-based treatment (EBT) with substance abusing American Indians (AI) and Alaska Natives (AN) are reported. Sections of this article include: background; focus of this debate; community, policy, and practice contexts; evidence-based treatments for substance abuse problems; lines of tension around substance abuse services for AI/AN communities; selected examples of evidence-based treatments for ... Read More
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    2011
    Document 027317
    Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool
    By Snyder, Howard N.; Mulako-Wangota, Joseph. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) (Washington, DC).
    “This analysis tool allows users to calculate recidivism rates for persons released from state prisons. Recidivism rates may be generated for the entire sample of released prisoners or for released prisoners with specific demographic, criminal history, and sentence attributes.” The selected criteria used to generate tables and charts customized for your agency are age at release, sex, race, ethnicity, number of prior arrests, prior imprisonment, sentencing offense (homicide, rape, other sexual a... Read More
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    Document 027397
    Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Review of Alameda County’s Collaborative Mental Health Court
    By Gardner, Patrick. Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (San Leandro, CA); California Endowment (Los Angeles, CA). National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) (Oakland, CA).
    This publication is a great resource for those agencies thinking about creating and implementing a juvenile mental health court. “This project was undertaken in order to better explain how the ACJC [Alameda County’s Collaborative Court ]works, what it has accomplished, and where it may go in the future. The report details the specific processes and procedures used by the ACJC to identify, evaluate, serve, and transition youths with significant unmet mental health needs from the juvenile justice ... Read More
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    2011
    Document 025976
    Multisystemic Therapy Outcomes in an Evidence-Based Pratice Pilot
    By Mayfield, Jim. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Olympia, WA).
    The Multisystemic Therapy (MST) pilot program, “an intensive family- and community-based intervention for chronic juvenile offenders and youth with serious emotional disorders, 12 to 17 years of age, is evaluated (p. 1). Sections of this report include: executive summary; introduction; the intervention and referral process; characteristics of enrolled youth; outcomes regarding subsequent involvement in criminal justice at 12 months and use of public mental health services; summary; and statistic... Read More
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    8 pages
    2011
    Document 025984
    Evidence-Based Initiatives to Reduce Recidivism: A Study Commission by Act N. 41, 2011-2012 Legislative Session, State of Vermont
    Vermont Center for Justice Research (Northfield Falls, VT).
    This analysis of evidence-based initiatives that reduce recidivism is comprised of two parts: “1) a literature review of “innovative programs and initiatives, including local programs and prison-based initiatives, best practices, and contemporary research regarding assessments of programmatic alternatives and pilot projects relating to reducing recidivism in the criminal justice system;” … and 2) a survey of Vermont criminal justice service providers to identify innovative programs and assess th... Read More
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    89 pages
    2011
    Document 025679
    “What Works” in Community Supervision: Interim Report
    By Drake, Elizabeth K.. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Olympia, WA).
    The supervision of offenders in Washington State communities and supervision contact standards are examined. Sections of this report include: summary; Department of Corrections’ outcome evaluation; evidence-based supervision; and what “evidence-based” means.“Our findings indicate that intensive supervision focused on surveillance achieves no reduction in recidivism; intensive supervision coupled with treatment achieves about a 10 percent reduction in recidivism; and supervision focused on the Ri... Read More
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    10 pages
    2011
    Document 025792
    Underage Drinking: Intervention Principles and Practice Guidelines for Community Corrections
    By Crowe, Ann H.; Mullins, Tracy G.; Cobb, Kimberly A.; Lowe, Nathan C.. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC). Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) (Calverton, MD); American Probation and Parole Association (Lexington, KY).
    This guide provides “a set of guiding principles, developed from evidence-based practices, to assist community corrections in responding more effectively to underage drinking offenders. It is imperative for community corrections workers to remain fully informed of the actions they can take to address this issue” (p. 2). Five sections comprise this document: setting the stage—the problem of underage drinking; legal issues related to underage drinking; assumptions and principles for community supe... Read More
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    111 pages
    2011
    Document 025630
    Environmental Scan 2011
    National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
    “Beginning in the late 1990’s, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center began scanning social, economic and corrections issues to inform the development of programs and services offered by NIC. This report, now in its 6th edition, has continued to evolve into a popular tool that is also used by corrections practitioners to inform their work in jails, prisons and community corrections. Since there are many issues beyond what is addressed in this environmental scan that poten... Read More
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    40 pages
    2011
    Document 025627
    Implementation of a Contingency Management-Based Intervention in a Community Supervision Setting: Clinical Issues and Recommendations
    By Trotman, Adria J.; Taxman, Faye E..
    The contingency management component of a cognitively-behaviorally based substance abuse treatment program in a probation setting is examined. Individuals looking to set up a similar treatment program will find this article very informative. The program is called "Supporting Offenders to Avoid Recidivism and Initiate New Goals (SOARING)". Sections following an abstract include: contingency management (CM) overview; CM intervention settings; CM intervention in substance use treatment; CM in crimi... Read More
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    2011
    Document 025600
    Organizational Readiness in Corrections
    By Lerch, Jennifer; Viglione, Jill; Eley, Ernest; James-Andrews, Susan; Taxman, Faye S..
    “This article examines the impact of a continuous on-site training model to advance the implementation of evidence-based practices in correctional settings” (p. 5). Information from this article can be used in the development and implementation of your own agency’s efforts to utilize evidence-based practices. Sections include: organizational readiness for change; resistance to change in corrections; implementing change; the Prison-Based Work Release Center (PWRC) experience with adopting evidenc... Read More
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    2011
    Document 026296
    Surveying the Field: State-Level Findings from the 2008 Parole Practices Survey
    By Jannetta, Jesse; Horvath, Aaron. Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Center on the States (Washington, DC). Urban Institute. Justice Policy Center (Washington, DC).
    The use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and other promising strategies “that are effective at reducing the chances that offenders will revert to a life of crime and drugs” is examined (p. 1). Sections following an executive summary include: introduction; parole supervision practices--widespread use of evidence-based practices and many components of effective parole supervision were reported, uncertainty was common in the parole field regarding the definition of “evidence-based practices, many... Read More
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    52 pages
    2011
    Document 026696
    Juvenile Probation Officers: How the Perception of Roles Affects Training Experiences for Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
    By Rudes, Danielle S.; Viglione, Jill; Taxman, Faye S..
    The impact on probation officers (POs) when they implement evidence-based practices (EBPs) is examined. This article contains these sections: literature review for probation officer roles and interaction between PO roles and training; method; findings regarding PO roles, view of training, and perception of probationers, and type of training; and discussion. 'In summary, findings revealed that role orientation and perceptions of training or probationers are not directly related. In addition, anal... Read More
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    8 pages
    2011
    Document 026697
    Probation Review Guidebook
    By Wig, Janet K.; Tuell, John A.. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL). Robert F. Kennedy Children Action Corps (Boston, MA); Models for Change (Washington, DC).
    'A probation review is an exciting opportunity for the principals involved in the management and day-to-day operation of a probation department to assess how they are doing in relation to their goals and objectives. It is an opportunity to enhance practice by making sure that policies and procedures, corresponding training, departmental management, and supervision of probationers are all lined up to reflect best practices' (p. 5). This publication provides guidance for conducting a probation rev... Read More
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    44 pages
    2011
    Document 027114
    Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD). GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY).
    “In the field of mental health, the term evidence-based practices (EBPs) refers to interventions that have been rigorously tested, have yielded consistent, replicable results, and have proven safe, beneficial, and effective for most people diagnosed with mental illness.” The following five factsheets address EBPs that can be adaptable to criminal justice settings: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT); Supportive Employment; Illness Self-Management and Recovery; Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurri... Read More
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    2011
    Document 026956
    Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Correlates of Onset, Variety, and Desistance of Criminal Behavior
    By Carpentier, Julie; Leclerc, Benoit; Proulex, Jean.
    The causes linked to the age at which juveniles sexually offend, the variety of offenses, and the stopping of sexually aggressive acts are identified. This information will prove very useful to individuals working with this special population. The research shows that: aggressive and deviant sexual behaviors are risk factors for the early onset of sexual abuse; delinquency is related to the variety of actions exhibited by sexual aggressors; and that “adolescent sexual aggressors who desisted from... Read More
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    2011
    Document 027025
    Issues to Consider When Facilitating Groups with Battered Women in Jail or Prison
    By Bible, Andrea. National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW) (Philadelphia, PA).
    “This resource is for advocates in community-based anti-domestic violence organizations who are thinking of starting a group for battered women incarcerated in jail, state prison, or federal prison, and for advocates currently facilitating groups in these setting. The issues and topics explored have emerged from a review of writings by group facilitators, sample curricula, and academic research; conversations with group facilitators; and work with incarcerated women over the years. While many of... Read More
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    59 pages
    2011
    Document 027023
    Evidence-Based Initiatives to Reduce Recidivism: Evidence-Based Recidivism Reduction Study
    By Maier, Elizabeth; Wicklund, Peter; Schlueter, Max; Nowicki, Alisha. On-site use only. Vermont Center for Justice Research (Northfield Falls, VT); Norwich Studies and Analysis Institute (Northfield, VT).
    “Th[is] study involved two parts: 1) a literature review of “innovative programs and initiatives, including local programs and prison-based initiatives, best practices, and contemporary research regarding assessments of programmatic alternatives and pilot projects relating to reducing recidivism in the criminal justice system;”(Act 41, Section 10); and 2) a survey of Vermont criminal justice service providers to identify innovative programs and assess the level of evidenced-based programming in ... Read More
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    89 pages
    2011
    Document 027015
    Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs: 4th Edition
    Virginia Commission on Youth (Richmond, VA).
    “Effective mental health treatments which have undergone testing in both controlled research trials and real-world settings are available for a wide range of diagnosed mental health disorders. The Collection 4th Edition is designed to encourage use of these treatments by professionals providing mental health treatments. The Collection 4th Edition is also designed to inform parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders by providing general information about the various disorders and problems affect... Read More
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    308 pages
    2011
    Document 027068
    Advanced Behavior Recognition in Crowded Environments: Final Report
    By Chang, Ming-Ching; Ge, Weina; Krahnstoever, Nils; Yu, Ting; Lim, Ser Nam; Liu, Xiaoming. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). GE Global Research. Sensor Surveillance Program (Niskayuna, NY).
    “This document is the final report for the NIJ research program “Advanced Behavior Recognition in Crowded Environments”. The goal of this program is to increase the situational awareness in law-enforcement and correctional settings and reliably detect and prevent activities indicative of disorderly conduct and criminal behavior. Examples include fights, riots, the formation of drug markets, and gang activities. A particular emphasis of this program is to develop robust probabilistic event modeli... Read More
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    218 pages
    2010
    Document 027137
    Competency Profile of a Regional Field Coordinator
    By Iszler, Bernie. National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
    Regional field coordinators serve as liaisons to the National Institute of Corrections and are responsible for initiating, coordinating, and disseminating quality training initiatives and network resources responsive to the needs of correctional agencies. This document, in the format of a DACUM profile, outlines the duties and related tasks of regional field coordinators. It also summarizes the knowledge, attitudes, skills needed to enter this profession, in addition to past experience with oper... Read More
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    2 pages
    2010
    Document 027137
    Competency Profile of a Regional Field Coordinator
    By Iszler, Bernie. National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
    Regional field coordinators serve as liaisons to the National Institute of Corrections and are responsible for initiating, coordinating, and disseminating quality training initiatives and network resources responsive to the needs of correctional agencies. This document, in the format of a DACUM profile, outlines the duties and related tasks of regional field coordinators. It also summarizes the knowledge, attitudes, skills needed to enter this profession, in addition to past experience with oper... Read More
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    2 pages
    2010
    Document 027393
    Lessons from Luzerne County: Promoting Fairness, Transparency, and Accountability: Recommendations to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice
    Ace Rule of Law Fund (Philadelphia, PA); Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, DC). Juvenile Law Center (JLC) (Philadelphia, PA).
    “The Luzerne County juvenile court showed that Pennsylvania’s current mandates alone are insufficient to ensure that youth are treated fairly and that the law is followed. Reforms must begin with the right mandates, but they must also be accompanied by accountability and transparency. The rule of law is meaningful only when it is enforced, obeyed and documented so that it is evident to all citizens. Juvenile Law Center has worked diligently to help restore justice to the families of Luzerne Cou... Read More
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    104 pages
    2010
    Document 027312
    What Works? General Principles, Characteristics, and Examples of Effective Programs
    By Bickle, Gayle. Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction. Office of Policy and Offender Reentry. Bureau of Research (Columbus, OH).
    This is an excellent introduction to “What Works” in correctional programming. “The purpose of this paper is to identify the major characteristics of effective offender programming as found in the research literature and provide a description of programs that work. The hope is that this document can assist administrative and treatment staff in the design and implementation of effective offender programming” (p. 3). Topics covered include: the death and rebirth of correctional programming; what t... Read More
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    42 pages
    2010
    Document 026130
    Washington State Juvenile Court Funding: Applying Research in a Public Policy Setting
    Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Olympia, WA).
    Local juvenile courts are funded by block grants—monies given to the courts with general requirements resulting in flexible spending at the local level. This report examines the “administration of the block grant including (1) criteria used to allocate funding, and (2) report on participants in programs subject to the block grant” (p. 1). Other jurisdictions using block grants will find the use of evidence-based practice to be very interesting. Sections of this report include: Washington’s juven... Read More
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    12 pages
    2010
    Document 026215
    Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Sexual Abuser Management: The Safer Society 2009 North American Survey
    By McGrath, Robert J.; Cumming, Georgia F.; Burchard, Brenda L.; Zeoli, Stephen; Ellerby, Lawrence. Safer Society Foundation, Inc. (Brandon, VT).
    “The survey presents a wide-angle snapshot of current practice patterns [for sexual abuser treatment] in North America, identifies trends in the field and offers recommendations for improving the delivery of services” (p. vii). Each chapter in this report looks at best practices for: the effectiveness of treatment, and the number and geographic distribution of programs; program age, size, and setting; client profiles; program funding; staff education, training, and support; program theory; asses... Read More
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    158 pages
    2010
    Document 025628
    Offender Incentives and Behavioural Management Strategies
    By Serin, Ralph C.; Hanby, Laura J.. Correctional Service of Canada (Ontario, Ottawa).
    “This review juxtaposes several themes across more than three decades in an effort to highlight consensus in the published literature regarding factors that might influence offender behaviour. To reduce the occurrence of misconducts and violence in prisons, various strategies have been explored. Contingency management programs in the form of individual and systemic incentives are the focus of this discussion, with examples drawn from both correctional and non-correctional settings” (p. 1). Secti... Read More
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    2010
    Document 025686
    The Role of Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation in Evidence-Based “Real World” Community Supervision
    By Bourgon, Guy; Bonta, James; Rugge, Tanya; Scott, Terri-Lynne; Yessine, Annie K..
    The use of Strategy in Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS), a comprehensive model for community supervision, is discussed. Those individuals involved with community corrections and its increased effectiveness should read this article. It will explain how to transfer evidence-based practice into “real world” community supervision. Topics covered include: the emergence of the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) model; the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision—program des... Read More
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    2010
    Document 025660
    Assessment, Intervention and Prevention of Self-Injurious Behavior in Correctional Environments
    By Usher, Amelia; Power, Janine; Wilton, Geoff. Correctional Service of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario).
    Potential strategies for dealing with self-injurious behavior (SIB) are examined. Agencies looking for evidence-based practices for addressing SIB will find this report very good. Sections in addition to an executive summary include: profile of offenders and factors associated with SIB; evidence-based interventions for SIB—risk assessment, comprehensive therapies, common features of effective interventions, interventions for aboriginal offenders, and administrative responses; helping staff deal ... Read More
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    58 pages
    2010
    Document 025674
    Diffusion of Contingency Management and Attitudes Regarding Its Effectiveness and Acceptability
    By Bride, Brian E.; Abraham, Amanda J.; Roman, Paul M.. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access (Bethesda, MD).
    The use of contingency management (CM) by substance abuse counselors is investigated. Sections following an abstract include: introduction; methods; results according to sample characteristics, diffusion of CM, perceived effectiveness of CM, and attitudes toward acceptability of CM; and discussion. “Findings suggest that lack of exposure to CM through program use and innovation-specific training is the most salient barrier to CM adoption and diffusion” (p. 1).... Read More
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    2010
    Document 025673
    Doing Time: Good Practice with Older People in Prison—The Views of Prison Staff
    By Cooney, Francesca; Braggins, Julia. Lloyds TSB Bank Plc (London, England). Prison Reform Trust (London, England).
    This report looks at what good practice is when dealing with older prisoners. This study is distinctive in that it focuses on the views of prison staff who work with elderly people in prisons. Nine chapters comprise this document: introduction; consulting older people in prison; physical environment; needs assessment and support with daily living; peer support; outside links; regimes and social activities; staff and prisoners; and conclusions. Diversion programs and compassionate release can be ... Read More
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    2010
    Document 025791
    Hardcore Drunk Driving Community Supervision Guide: A Resource for Outlining Supervision Challenges, Effective Strategies, and Model Programs
    American Probation and Parole Association (Lexington, KY); Century Council (Arlington, VA).
    This guide is essential reading for community corrections professionals who have clients with extreme driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), aka hardcore drunk driving (HCDD), convictions. It "combines the latest in evidenced-based supervision practices with treatment strategies known to work with alcohol involved and DUI/DWI offenders … [it covers] supervision challenges, and where applicable possible solutions to those challenges, promising practices workin... Read More
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    52 pages
    2010
    Document 025704
    An Elected Official's Guide to Community Correctional Options; Second Edition
    By Layton, Linda; McFarland, Dennis; Kincaid, Diane. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assitance (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY).
    Effective ways for using community corrections to reduce crime are examined. “Based on the latest research available, the practices and strategies identified in this guide are viable, evidence-based options for reducing recidivism and preventing crime while managing costs” (p. 3). Sections following an executive summary include: introduction; defining community corrections; dollars and sense—balancing public safety with prudent public spending; core components for effective community correctiona... Read More
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    61 pages
    2010
    Document 025785
    Predicting Repeat DWI: Chronic Offending, Risk Assessment, and Community Supervision
    By DeMichele, Matthew; Payne, Brian. American Probation and Parole Association (Lexington, KY).
    “Despite the reduction in the number of drunk driving deaths [from 2002 to 2008], additional changes in policies and practices are needed in order to further reduce the extent of drunk driving. Using principles of evidence-based practices, in this project the American Probation and Parole Association conducted a risk assessment study to develop a pilot risk assessment instrument that can be used to identify convicted offenders who are at an increased risk for future drunk driving.” Sections foll... Read More
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    106 pages
    2010
    Document 026024
    WSIPP’s Benefit-Cost Tool for States: Examining Policy Options in Sentencing and Corrections
    Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Olympia, WA).
    The development and implementation of an analytical tool that helps states determine which evidence-based practices are most cost effective in preventing crime and lowering correctional costs. “The project’s overall goal is to use the best information available to identify sentencing and corrections policies that can help states protect public safety and control taxpayer costs. To accomplish this goal, we have constructed a benefit-cost “investment” model that estimates crime and fiscal outcome... Read More
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    58 pages
    2010
    Document 027443
    Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs, 4th Edition
    Virginia. General Assembly. Commission on Youth (Richmond, VA).
    If you are looking for evidence-based mental health treatment options for juveniles, you should begin with this document. It “has been developed to provide information to families, clinicians, administrators, policymakers and others seeking information about evidence-based practices for child and adolescent mental health disorders … [and] also includes information on assessment in order to emphasize that all clinical decisions should be made in consultation with the data. Accordingly, data shoul... Read More
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