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2015
Document 029742
National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center
National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC) (Washington, DC).
"The National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC) is designed to assist state, local, and tribal entities with the evaluation of juvenile justice programs and implementation of evidence-based initiatives. We provide a number of resources to guide juvenile justice agencies and practitioners to select, implement, evaluate, and sustain programs supported by research evidence … [in order] to: Improve evaluation capacity in juvenile justice programming; Facilitate the use of evidence-based pro... Read More

2015
Document 029908
Understanding, Promoting, and Sustaining the Use of Research and Evidence-Based Practices by State Administering Agencies
By Orchowsky, Stan; Przybylski, Roger. U.S. Bureau of Justice (BJA) (Washington, DC). Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) (Washington, DC); National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) (Washington DC).
These toolkits comprise "a series on promoting the use of evidence-based practices in State Administering Agencies (SAAs) [in understanding and implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) in their states]. These toolkits include a briefing paper, an executive summary, and a slideshow. The slideshows can be tailored by SAAs to highlight their own efforts in promoting evidence-based practices in their state. Additional toolkits are currently being developed based on feedback from SAA directors". ... Read More

2015
Document 029874
What Works: The Practitioner's Response to Theory and Evidence: Cognitive Behavioral Approaches [Webinar]
By Starkovich, Kathy; Moseng, Laura; Prince, Reginald; Brooks, Carol Cramer, Moderator. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC). National Center for Youth in Custody (NCYC) (Kalamazoo, MI) .
"Cognitive behavioral approaches come from two separate psychological theories: cognitive theory says that the way someone thinks will determine their behavior; behavioral theory says that the environment in which a person finds him or herself also affects behavior. The examples presented in this Webinar illustrate the blending of cognitive and behavioral theories resulting in effective practice across custody settings. Panelists share the principles specific to their cognitive behavioral theory... Read More

84 minutes
2015
Document 029940
Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) Resources
GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY) .
"In the field of behavioral 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 and substance use disorders … Identifying “what works” and applying the evidence-based knowledge to program development is critically important to the field to assure the use of best practices in behavioral health service prov... Read More

2014
Document 028408
Analysis of the Use of the Structured Decisionmaking Framework in Three States
By Serin, Ralph; Gobeil, Renee. NIC-TA#10C82GKD0; National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC). Carleton University. Criminal Justice Decision-Making Laboratory (Ottawa, Ontario); National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"In recent years, interest in high-quality parole decisionmaking has grown significantly. Paroling authorities are under considerable pressure and subject to substantial public scrutiny as they strive to reach high-quality parole decisions that ensure public safety. In this context, the Legal Decision-Making Lab at Carleton University has been working for nearly a decade to develop and improve a decisionmaking tool for parole practitioners. This tool, the Structured Decisionmaking Framework, act... Read More

60 pages
2014
Document 029872
What Works: The Practitioner's Response to Theory and Evidence: Positive Youth Development [Webinar]
By Butts, Jeffrey A.; Harrigfeld, Sharon; Wilder, Beverly; Thomas, Daniel; Clark, Pam, moderator. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC). National Center for Youth in Custody (NCYC) (Kalamazoo, MI) .
"People often assume that youth who engage in delinquent behavior are destined to be lifetime criminals. A different view recognizes that these youth have untapped strengths and assets yet to be identified and developed. The Positive Youth Justice Model, grounded in the principles of Positive Youth Development (PYD), provides a framework for intervening with justice-involved youth in ways that capitalize on their strengths and meet their developmental needs. Panelists will review PYD principles... Read More

79 minutes
2014
Document 029834
Use of Evidence-Based Decisionmaking Tools, Policies and Guidelines
By Burke, Peggy; Ney, Becki, contributor; Stroker, Richard, contributor. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) (Silver Spring, MD).
This Action Guide "is designed to provide information and strategies to help parole Boards improve and strengthen their abilities as decisionmakers and as policy making and leadership teams". This website provide access to the following sections: goals of this guide and how to use it; background and context—historical context, current issues shaping parole guidelines, and types of guideline models; dimensions that typically shape parole guidelines—punishment and accountability, risk reduction, i... Read More

2014
Document 029831
A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Systems
By Howell, James C. (Buddy); Lipsey, Mark W.; Wilson, John J.; Howell, Megan Q.. National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) (Lexington, KY).
"This article presents a practical approach that JJ [juvenile justice] systems can take in achieving evidence-based programming that reduces recidivism. Most JJ system programs produce relatively small reductions in recidivism, on average, thus there is much room for improvement. A research-based approach to making program improvements system-wide—and with that, increase the cost effectiveness of the system itself—is presented in this article. The success of this effort, however, depends on deli... Read More

21 pages
2014
Document 029575
What Works and What Doesn’t in Reducing Recidivism with Youthful Offenders
By Latessa, Edward J..
This is a great introduction about how to effectively reduce youthful offender recidivism. Topics discussed include: the meaning of evidence based practice (EBP); five things EBP requires; what research tells us; principles for effective interventions—risk (who), need (what), treatment (how), and fidelity (how well); risk principle—"Risk refers to the risk of reoffending not the seriousness of the offense", target higher risk youth, provide most intensive interventions to higher risk youth, and ... Read More
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82 pages
2014
Document 029873
What Works: The Practitioner's Response to Theory and Evidence: Trauma-Informed Care [Webinar]
By Fosler, Dixie; Negron, Gladys; Tomassone, Joseph; Martinez, Natasha, moderator. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC). National Center for Youth in Custody (NCYC) (Kalamazoo, MI).
"This Webinar will provide a training and testimonial to the use and success of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in Juvenile Detention Centers. Panelists will explain what TIC is, how to go about implementing it in facilities, as well as what is currently being done in TIC facilities. They will also share their observations and success rates. Learning Objectives: Discuss fiscally responsible, practical ideas on how to create a trauma-informed environment within a secure juvenile justice setting; Und... Read More

83 minutes
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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2014
Document 028356
CJ-TRAK Knowledge Translation Tool Suite
George Mason University. Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) (Fairfax, VA).
"Moving knowledge about evidence-based practices (EBPs) from research into practice in the justice and treatment systems is essential for improving both offender (client-level) and system-level outcomes. The Criminal Justice Targeted Research and Application of Knowledge (CJ-TRAK) website is home to several decision-support tools designed to facilitate knowledge translation in the justice/treatment system for justice-involved populations." The RNR Simulation Tool can be used to figure out what p... Read More
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2014
Document 029531
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
Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) (Olympia, WA); University of Washington. Evidence-Based Institute (EBPI) (Seattle, WA).
Prevention and intervention services (mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice) provided to children and juveniles are inventoried. These programs are primarily evidence-based and research-based and offered in a culturally competent way. "The definitions developed for evidence-based and research-based are high standards of rigor and represent programs that demonstrate effectiveness at achieving certain outcomes … To assemble the inventory, we operationalize each criterion for both the... Read More
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11 pages
2014
Document 028476
OJJDP Model Programs Guide
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
"The Model Programs Guide [MPG] is intended to be a central, reliable, and credible resource to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in juvenile justice-related programs and practices. Its purpose is to assist in practical decision making and program implementation by gathering information on specific juvenile justice-related programs and reviewing the existing evaluation research against standard criteria … Model Programs Guide (MPG) uses expert study reviewers and CrimeSol... Read More
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2014
Document 028473
Implementing Evidence-Based Services [Webinar]
By Rosica, Beth Ann; Mendez, Francis. Coalition for Juvenile Justice (Washington, DC).
If you are looking for an excellent introduction to how to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs) in your juvenile agency, then this webinar is for you. Topics discussed include: how to identify EBPs; best proven model programs; advantages of proven EBPs; getting customer buy-in for EBP implementation; facing agency challenges during EBP adoption; key drivers; embedding EBPs in a juvenile justice agency; referral and engagement-- data collection; data collection example; analyzing family enga... Read More
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66 minutes
2014
Document 029562
EBP Integrated Model / Implementing Effective Correctional Management of Offenders in the Community: An Integrated Model
Crime and Justice Institute (CRJ) (Boston, MA).
This website provides resources which will help your agency "to build learning organizations that reduce recidivism through systemic integration of evidence-based principles in collaboration with community and justice partners … The project’s Integrated Model is based on the premise that successful implementation of evidence-based principles in community corrections can only be achieved when integrated with corresponding organizational development and collaboration. The project is designed to pr... Read More
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2014
Document 029547
Most States Cut Imprisonment and Crime
Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC).
This is an excellent infographic showing how reductions in incarceration lead to decreases in crime. "Over the past five years, the majority of states have reduced their imprisonment rates while experiencing less crime. The relationship between incarceration and crime is complex, but states continue to show that it is possible to reduce both at the same time." A bar chart shows the change in imprisonment rate compared to the change in crime rate over the period of 2008 through 2013 for all 50 st... Read More
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2014
Document 029768
Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative
By Buck Willison, Janeen; Lachman, Pamela; Pope, Dwight; Holand, Ashleigh. NIC-11A08GKH1. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This brief covers results from the report "Evaluation of Phase II Technical Assistance for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems" by Janeen Buck Willison, Pamela Lachman, Dwight Pope, and Ashleigh Holand (issued June 2012) available at http://nicic.gov/Library/029767. It "describes the EBDM Phase II technical assistance approach and presents findings and themes from the process evaluation and outcome assessment of the technical assistance delivered to the seven sites s... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 029767
Evaluation of Phase II Technical Assistance for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems
By Buck Willison, Janeen; Lachman, Pamela; Pope, Dwight; Holand, Ashleigh. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC); NIC-11A08GKH1. Urban Institute. Crime and Justice (Washington, DC).
"This report describes the EBDM [Evidence-Based Decision-Making] Phase II technical assistance approach and presents findings and themes from the process evaluation and outcome assessment (conducted from October 2010 to February 2012) of the technical assistance delivered to the seven sites selected under Phase II of the EBDM initiative … The Phase II technical assistance approach sought to facilitate both the Framework’s goals of recidivism reduction and harm reduction. This involved the adopti... Read More
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78 pages
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 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
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25 pages
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
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8 pages
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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12 pages
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 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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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 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 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 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 028464
Imposing Conditions Driven by Evidence Based Practices
By Stroker, Richard P.. Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP) (Silver Spring, MD).
This is a great presentation regarding the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in setting parole conditions. "During this presentation I [Stroker] will focus on a variety of significant factors that are related to the nature, number, and type of release conditions that may be imposed. I will also discuss the impact that evidence based research findings could have on condition setting" (p. 3).The learning objectives of this training session are: the importance of conditions; how "evidence-base... Read More
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79 pages
2013
Document 029573
Applying Research and Evidence to Achieve Public Safety
By Carey, Mark.
This is a very good presentation for those people looking for an overview of evidence based practices (EBPs) and ways for adopting them. Some of the topics discussed include: what evidence-based practice (EBP) is and what are its potential benefits; the need for a risk assessment; what criminogenic needs are and how are they used; programs that work and why; the top ten "never events" we should stop doing; and next steps--the Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative, adopted next steps for the ... Read More
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111 pages
2013
Document 028469
Toward Evidence-Based Decision Making in Community Corrections: Research and Strategies for Successful Implementation
By Haas, Stephen M., editor. Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) (Washington, DC).
This publication "contains invited articles on community corrections, with special emphasis on successful implementation strategies. A common thread that runs through these articles relates to what is needed to better ensure fidelity to evidence-based practices in community supervision and treatment. The research and implementation strategies shared by the authors should provide greater guidance to agency and program administrators working to assimilate evidence-based practices into their organi... Read More
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17 pages
2013
Document 028402
A Toolkit for Applying the Cultural Enhancement Model To Evidence-Based Practice
By Walker, Sarah Cusworth; Trupin, Eric; Hansen, Jacquelyn. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL). University of Washington (UW) Medicine. Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Division of Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (Seattle, WA); Washington Models for Change (Seattle, WA).
"At a national level, minority clients are less likely to access mental and behavioral health services and drop out of treatment more frequently than nonminority counterparts. While this phenomenon is driven by social and economic factors, it is reasonable to assume it also may be due to a lack of adequate training in culturally congruent therapeutic approaches. The Cultural Enhancement Model presented in this paper addresses engagement factors at the community and individual-level in order to... Read More
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54 pages
2013
Document 028186
Women's Risk Factors and New Treatments/Interventions for Addressing Them: Evidence-Based Interventions in the United States and Canada
By Van Voorhis, Patricia. United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) (Tokyo, Japan) .
This paper describes assessments of female offenders used by correctional agencies and the programs and resources provided by these agencies to meet female offenders' needs. "The two, assessments and programs/services go together. The assessments tell us what is needed and the programs address identified needs" (p. 43). Topics discussed include: gender-responsive risk assessments and the risk factors they identify; women's pathways to crime—child abuse pathway, relational pathway, and the social... Read More
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18 pages
2013
Document 029639
Skills for Offender Assessment and Responsivity in New Goals (SOARING2)
George Mason University. Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) (Fairfax, VA).
"This online training system is set up in a series of five modules that you can review at your leisure. You may log in to access the modules using the username and password that have been provided to you. You will also have access to several worksheets (labeled "Module Resources") that you can use with offenders in various stages of case management. These resources are described in more detail in the modules. We hope that you find this system to be a useful tool for enhancing your case managemen... Read More
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2012
Document 028404
What's the Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice?
By Butts, Jeffrey A.. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Research and Evaluation Center (New York, NY).
This article explains why one must be cautious with implementing an evidence-based program. You must "understand the basics of evaluation research, including the statistical methods used to generate evidence of program effectiveness. A study that reports statistically significant results is not necessarily evidence of effectiveness, and being evidence-based does not mean a program is guaranteed to work … understanding these basic principles of evaluation research is part of every practitioner’s ... Read More
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2 pages
2012
Document 028458
Children in Chains: Indiscriminate Shackling of Juveniles
By McLaurin, Kim M..
"Despite the ongoing protective and rehabilitative mandate of the juvenile justice system, juveniles are still forced to appear in restraints during court appearances in juvenile courts across the United States. In some jurisdictions, these minors include children as young as seven. Typically, these are adolescents who have been arrested, detained, and transported to court. The restraints or shackles described in this Article often include handcuffs and leg cuffs, but may also include belly belt... Read More
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2012
Document 026506
Corrections Learning and Performance: A Vision for the 21st Century
By Hall, Amanda. National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
Anyone involved or interested in the future of learning and performance in corrections should read this publication. “This white paper focuses on learning and performance challenges in the 21st century including the role of technology in learning programs and the incorporation of evidence-based practices into program design and delivery. The paper offers an extensive review of learning research in the areas of theory, learners, learning organizations, instructional design, program design, deliv... Read More
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38 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 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 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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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 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 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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    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 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 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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    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 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 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 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 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
    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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    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 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 A Study Commissioned by Act no. 41, 2011-2012 Legislative Session, State of Vermont
    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 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 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 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 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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    6 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 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 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 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
    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 028406
    Issues in Defining and Applying Evidence-Based Practices Criteria for Treatment of Criminal-Justice Involved Clients
    By Prendergast, Michael L.. National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Bethesda, MD).
    If you are looking for an introduction to the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in corrections based drug treatment, then this is for you. EBP "applies the principles and techniques of evidence-based decision making to interventions intended to improve, or ameliorate, the social or clinical problems of affected individuals, including offenders with drug abuse problems. This article provides a general overview of EBP, particularly as it applies to treatment and other interventions for offender... Read More
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    2011
    Document 029655
    A Guide to Evidence-Based Prisoner Reentry Practices
    By Glassheim, Barbara. Tri-County Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) (Saginaw, MI).
    "This guide is based on a review of the voluminous and robust base of literature on effective correctional practices as well as research from relevant social sciences. It is intended to inform local policy and practice and promote the maximization of resources. While aimed at corrections, it is hoped that all partners in reentry will find useful information" (p. i). Sections comprising this document are: introduction and overview; evidence-based practice (EBP) concepts; cultural considerations; ... Read More
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