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2016
Document 032726
Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) Initiative Phase 2 Site Reports
By Christensen, Gary; Jannetta, Jesse; Kurs, Emma; Owens, Colleen; Rao, Shebani; Warwick, Kevin; Willison, Janeen Buck. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC); Urban Institute (Washington, DC); Alternative Solutions Associates (Chicopee, MA); Corrections Partners, Inc. (CPI) (Clinton Corners, NY).
"TJC [Transition from Jail to Community] represents an integrated approach spanning organizational boundaries to deliver needed information, services, and case management to people released from jail. Boundary-spanning collaborative partnerships are necessary because transition from jail to the community is neither the sole responsibility of the jail nor of the community. Accordingly, effective transition strategies rely on collaboration among jail- and community-based partners and joint ownersh... Read More

2016
Document 032671
HOPE II: A Followup Evaluation of Hawai'i’s HOPE Probation
By Hawken, Angela; Kulick, Jonathan; Smith, Kelly; Mei, Jie; Zhang, Yiwen; Jarman, Sara; Yu, Travis; Carson, Chris; Vial, Tifanie. Pepperdine University. School of Public Policy (Malibu, CA); National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC)..
"Hawai'i’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Hawai'i’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement probation relies on a regimen of regular, random drug testing tied to swift and certain, but modest, sanctions to motivate probationer compliance. In two 2007 studies in Hawai'i, a comparison-group quasi-experiment and a randomized controlled trial, HOPE was demonstrated to improve compliance with terms of probation at 12-month followup, with large reductions in drug use, recidivism, and ove... Read More

86 pages
2015
Document 031312
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn: An Evaluation of the Effects of the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Program on Prisoner Recidivism and Prisoner Behavior
Longwood Foundation (Wilmington, DE). Victims' Voices Heard, Inc. (Lewes, DE); Brown University. Alpert Medical School (Providence, RI).
"This is a report of the evaluation study conducted to examine the effects of the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn program on the behaviors of the prisoners who attended this program. The focus of the data we collected and reported on was on the participants’ behaviors after attending the program but while still in prison, and upon release from prison … The central tenet of the program is that a vital component to facilitating change within an individual offender is a focus on the victims of crim... Read More

27 pages
2015
Document 029784
Performance Incentive Funding for Prison Diversion: An Implementation Study of the DuPage County Adult Redeploy Illinois Program
By Boulger, Jordan; Reichert, Jessica; Skorek, Rebecca; Lettner, Joshua. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (Chicago, IL).
"Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) was designed as a response to the high numbers of non-violent offenders incarcerated in Illinois’ prisons at great cost to the state. Participating ARI counties divert non-violent offenders from prison and into community corrections programs. These programs are less expensive than prison and designed to be more effective at reducing recidivism" (p. i). Sections of this report include: key findings; introduction; about Adult Redeploy Illinois; methodology; findings—... Read More
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74 pages
2015
Document 029960
Determining the Impact of Opioid Substitution Therapy upon Mortality and Recidivism among Prisoners: A 22 Year Data Linkage Study
By Gisev, Natasa; Larney, Sarah; Kimber, Jo; Burns, Lucy; Weatherburn, Don; Gibson, Amy; Dobbins, Tim; Mattick, Richard; Butler, Tony; Degenhardt, Louisa. Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) (Canberra, ACT).
"Prisoners experience high rates of drug dependence, health problems and premature mortality. Without intervention, they often come into further contact with the criminal justice system, creating further health risk. Opioid dependence is common among prisoners, yet treatment with opioid substitution therapy (OST) may reduce or prevent morbidity, mortality and offending … The results highlight that the prison setting provides an important opportunity to engage people in OST. Notably, OST treatmen... Read More

7 pages
2015
Document 029939
Juvenile Drug Courts: A Process, Outcome, and Impact Evaluation
By Blair, Lesli; Sullivan, Carrie; Latessa, Edward; Sullivan, Christopher J.. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
"As an alternative to traditional juvenile courts, juvenile drug courts attempt to provide substance abuse treatment, sanctions, and incentives to rehabilitate nonviolent drug-involved youth, empower families to support them in this process, and prevent recidivism. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) sponsored a multisite study of juvenile drug courts to examine the ability of these courts to reduce recidivism and improve youth’s social functioning, and to determine... Read More

12 pages
2014
Document 029989
Pretrial Analysis for Middlesex County, Massachusetts Technical Assistance Report and Addendum
By Trapp, Don; Vetter, Stephanie J., editor. National Institute of Corrections (NIC).Community Corrections Division (Washington, DC); TA-15C1007.
"This report summarizes the primary findings and recommendations from a pretrial analysis for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Peter Koutoujian, Sheriff of Middlesex County acted on behalf of multiple justice system stakeholders in the county to request technical assistance to receive an analysis of the pretrial jail population, trend analysis and related practices. The purpose of which is to examine the possible causes of increasing numbers of pretrial defendants remaining in custody, leading t... Read More

36 pages
2014
Document 029836
How Effective is Correctional Education, and Where Do We Go from Here? The Results of a Comprehensive Evaluation
By Davis, Lois M.; Steele, Jennifer L.; Bozick, Robert; Williams, Malcolm V.; Turner, Susan; Miles, Jeremy N.V.; Saunders, Jessica; Steinberg, Paul S.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). RAND Corp. Safety and Justice Program (Santa Monica, CA).
This study examines the effectiveness of correctional education for adults and for juveniles, and the challenges associated with this programming. Five chapters are contained in this report: introduction; whether correctional education for incarcerated adults is effective; a systematic review of correctional education programs for incarcerated juveniles—results for corrective reading, computer-assisted instruction, personalized and intensive instruction, other remedial instruction programs, voca... Read More
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156 pages
2014
Document 028062
Beyond Risk and Needs Assessments
By Ore, Winnie; Baird, Chris. National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) (Oakland, CA).
“Most assessment systems target high-risk offenders. However, standard risk and needs assessments do not necessarily identify needs that are truly criminogenic for each individual; nor do they address responsivity. This is because these systems do not inherently identify either specific strategies and programs that reflect the learning style of the offender or approaches and programs most likely to motivate each offender to change behavior. This paper describes a comprehensive approach to assess... Read More
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16 pages
2014
Document 028476
OJJDP Model Programs Guide
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
"The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Programs Guide (MPG) contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. It is a resource for practitioners and communities about what works, what is promising, and what does not work in juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and child protection and safety. MPG uses expert study reviewers and CrimeSolutions.gov’s program review process, scoring instrum... Read More
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2014
Document 029551
Mandatory Reentry Supervision: Evaluating the Kentucky Experience
Pew Charitable Trusts. Public Safety Performance Project (Washington, DC).
This brief examines the impact a mandatory reentry supervision program has on spending and public safety. Kentucky requires that every inmate that is released from prison undergo post-release supervision to ensure that the inmate has the necessary monitoring and/or support in the community. Results show that the post-release supervision program: "improved public safety by helping reduce new offense rates by 30 percent; resulted in a net savings of approximately 872 prison beds per year; [and] sa... Read More
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6 pages
2014
Document 028061
NCCD Compares Juvenile Justice Risk Assessment Instruments: A Summary of the OJJDP-Funded Study
National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) (Oakland, CA).
The results from a study of eight risk assessments used for determining which justice-involved youth are low-, moderate-, or high-risk for future delinquency are reviewed. Sections comprising this summary are: introduction; comparison of juvenile justice risk assessment instruments by agency, risk assessment model, and effectiveness; inter-rate reliability testing; validity and equity testing; and implications for practice. “Risk assessment should be a simple process that is easily understood an... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028324
PREA Audit Instrument – Lockups
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC).
“These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S. Department of Justice's PREA Standards for Lockups.” Elements comprising this instrument are: “Pre-Audit Questionnaire”; “Auditor Compliance Tool” used to determine PREA compliance; “Instructions for PREA Audit Tour” of the facility; “Interview Protocols” for agency head or designee, facility director or designee, PREA Coordinator, specialized staff, random staff, and detainees: “Auditor Summary Report” template; “... Read More
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2014
Document 027253
PREA Audit Instrument – Prisons and Jails
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC).
“These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S. Department of Justice's PREA Standards for Prisons and Jails, pending final revisions.” Elements comprising this instrument are: “Process Map” describing the audit process from start to finish; “Checklist of Documentation”; “Pre-Audit Questionnaire”; “Auditor Compliance Tool” used to determine PREA compliance; “Instructions for PREA Audit Tour” of the facility; “Interview Protocols” for Agency Head or Designee, Wa... Read More
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2014
Document 028326
PREA Audit Instrument – Juvenile Facilities
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC) .
“These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S. Department of Justice's PREA Standards for Juvenile Faculties.” Elements comprising this instrument are: “Pre-Audit Questionnaire”; “Auditor Compliance Tool” used to determine PREA compliance; “Instructions for PREA Audit Tour” of the facility; “Interview Protocols” for agency head or designee, Superintendent or designee, PREA Compliance Manager/Coordinator, specialized staff, random staff, and residents; “Auditor ... Read More
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2014
Document 028325
PREA Audit Instrument – Community Confinement Facilities
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC) .
“These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S. Department of Justice's PREA Standards for Community Confinement Facilities." Elements comprising this instrument are: “Pre-Audit Questionnaire”; “Auditor Compliance Tool” used to determine PREA compliance; “Instructions for PREA Audit Tour” of the facility; “Interview Protocols” for agency head or designee, facility director or designee, PREA Coordinator, specialized staff, random staff, and residents; “Auditor Su... Read More
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2014
Document 031541
What Works? Short-Term, In-Custody Treatment Programs
By Lizama, Jaslene; Matthews, Vikram; Reyes, Sean. California State University. Center for Public Policy (Fullerton, CA).
"Assessing the effectiveness of in-custody treatment programs is essential in the correctional system to appropriately allocate resources and reduce offender recidivism rates. With California passing AB 109, “2011 Public Safety Realignment”, it becomes imperative to understand the characteristics and principles of effective rehabilitation programing. Treatment programs that follow the core principles of the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model are found to be effective and to significantly decrease rec... Read More

28 pages
2013
Document 028352
Risk Assessment Instruments Validated and Implemented in Correctional Settings in the United States: An Empirical Guide
By Desmarais, Sarah L.; Singh, Jay P.. Council of State Governments (CSG) (Lexington, KY).
"Policymakers, practitioners, and researchers rely heavily on risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism reduction strategies. Risk Assessment Instruments Validated and Implemented in Correctional Settings in the United States: An Empirical Guide is a report designed to provide foundational knowledge and a working framework of risk assessment instruments for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers. Though variability exists acr... Read More
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Guide - 59 pages; Report - 65 pages
2013
Document 028060
A Comparison of Risk Assessment Instruments in Juvenile Justice
By Baird, Chris; Healy, Theresa; Johnson, Kristen; Bogie, Andrea; Dankert, Erin Wicke; Scharenbroch, Chris. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) (Oakland, CA).
“This study examined the validity, reliability, equity, and cost of nine juvenile justice risk assessment instruments. Though many researchers and practitioners believe that risk assessment is critical to improving decision making in the juvenile justice system, the range of options currently available makes the selection of the most appropriate instrument for each jurisdiction a difficult choice. This study was designed to provide a comprehensive examination of how several risk assessments perf... Read More
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540 pages
2013
Document 027165
Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy
By Draper, Laura; Norton, Blake. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (Washington, DC).
This report describes how four law enforcement agencies, selected as learning sites, utilized the principles described in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy ... “The goals of the learning site project were not to identify a gold standard or the most comprehensive law enforcement-driven reentry program in the nation, but rather to report how diverse agencies implemented strategies in key areas of reentry that many professionals on the front lines of this work face” (p. 3).... Read More
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60 pages
2013
Document 026975
Criminal Justice Uniform Cost Report: Fiscal Years 2010 to 2012
Texas Legislative Budget Board (Austin, TX).
Cost per day information for various adult and juvenile correctional populations is determined. Sections of this report include: introduction—reporting guidelines and highlights; Texas Department of Criminal Justice—overview, Correctional Institutions Division (state-operated facilities), Parole Division, and Community Justice Assistance Division; and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department—state services and facilities, and community juvenile justice. Appendixes provide: uniform cost project meth... Read More
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56 pages
2013
Document 026976
Adult and Juvenile Correctional Population Projections: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2018
Texas Legislative Budget Board (Austin, TX).
Projections for the changes in Texas’ adult and juvenile correctional populations are presented. Sections contained in this report are: introduction and report highlights; arrest rates in Texas; adult correctional population projections; juvenile correctional population projections; qualitative review summary; and glossary. Appendixes explain what the methodology and assumptions for each correctional population projection.... Read More
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49 pages
2013
Document 027155
Workload and Resource Assessment: Resource Guide
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) (Williamsburg, VA).
“Systematically assessing the number or people, appropriate resources, and measures of caseloads is critical for ensuring that courts and related agencies are able to deliver quality service to the public effectively and without delay. Given the increasing number and complexity of cases, it is important for states to use an objective workload assessment process, combined with an interconnectedness of judicial and staff work that allows for a holistic assessment of resources needed, to ensure tha... Read More
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2013
Document 026994
Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act: Survey of States and Territories on Implementation of the Act (GAO-13-234 SP, February 2013), an E-Supplement to GAO-13-211
U.S. Government Accountability Office (Washington, DC).
“This e-supplement is a companion to our report titled, Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act: Jurisdictions Face Challenges to Implementing the Act, and Stakeholders Report Positive and Negative Effects (GAO-13-211) [NIC accession no. 026992]. The purpose of this e-supplement is to provide information from GAO's Web-based survey of state sex offender registration and notification offices about their efforts to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), challe... Read More
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2013
Document 027255
Building Cost-Benefit Analysis Capacity in Criminal Justice: Notes from a Roundtable Discussion
By Chiu, Tina. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Vera Institute of Justice. Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) (New York, NY) .
“Interest in using cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to help in criminal justice policymaking and planning has grown in recent years as state and local budgets have become increasingly strained. Most jurisdictions, however, have not been able to create a sustained capacity to produce and use CBA in decision making and budgeting. The Vera Institute of Justice organized a roundtable discussion to examine what factors might help jurisdictions build lasting capacity to use and perform CBA … The discussion... Read More
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16 pages
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 026978
Making the Transition: Rethinking Jail Reentry in Los Angeles County
By Sandwick, Talia; Tamis, Karen; Parsons, Jim; Arauz-Cuadra, Cesar. California Endowment (Los Angeles, CA). Vera Institute of Justice. Substance Use and Mental Health Program (New York, NY).
“The significant challenges faced by those leaving jail and the high price of continued offending underscore the importance of capitalizing on jail contact to link individuals with services both while in the jail and as they return to the community. However, providing supportive interventions in jail settings is extremely challenging. While a number of innovative practices exist, there is much progress to be made in the design of services that can support people as they leave jail and return hom... Read More
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130 pages
2013
Document 027354
Bureau of Prisons: Improvements Needed in Bureau of Prisons' Monitoring and Evaluation of Impact of Segregated Housing
U. S. Government Accountability Office (Washington, DC).
The segregated housing unit practices of the United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and compliance with them are reviewed. Sections comprising this report are: background to the investigation; Segregated Housing Unit population and number of cells have increased since Fiscal Year 2008; BOP’s monitoring of segregated housing policies varies by type of unit, and some facilities’ documentation is incomplete; BOP estimates that segregated housing costs more than housing inmates in the general populat... Read More
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72 pages
2013
Document 027287
Final Report Outcome and Process Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts
By Latessa, Edward J.; Sullivan, Carrie; Blair, Lesli; Sullivan, Christopher; Smith, Paula. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. School of Criminal Justice. Center for Criminal Justice Research (Cincinnati, OH).
“This study adds to the existing juvenile drug court literature by providing a national multi-site outcome and process evaluation of nine juvenile drug courts from across the U.S. This study assesses the relative effect of each court, as well as their combined effectiveness in reaching the overall goal of reducing recidivism and improving youths' social functioning. It also identifies, where possible, the characteristics of youth and programs associated with successful outcomes” (p. 6). Five sec... Read More
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421 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 027416
Justice and Health Connect
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Vera Institute of Justice (New York, NY); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC).
“Justice and Health Connect aims to increase the ability of government agencies and community organizations to share information across health and justice systems.” Points of access include: background—what information sharing is, the reason for sharing information, how it will benefit your agency, and information sharing myths; a toolkit explaining how to create and implement an efficient and successful interagency collaboration that shares information—four modules covering defining your object... Read More
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2013
Document 027514
Recommendations for Administrators of Prisons, Jails, and Community Confinement Facilities for Adapting the U.S. Department of Justice’s “A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations, Adults/Adolescents”
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) (Washington, DC).
“This guide is designed to assist administrators of prisons, jails, and community confinement facilities in drafting or revising protocols for an immediate response to reports of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a persistent problem in correctional environments with life-altering consequences for victims as well as for the integrity of correctional institutions and the fundamental principles of justice. The U.S. Department of Justice’s “National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Pris... Read More
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66 pages
2013
Document 027266
The Impact of Family Visitation on Incarcerated Youth’s Behavior and School Performance: Findings from the Families as Partners Project
By Agudelo, Sandra Villalobos. Vera Institute of Justice. Family Justice Program (New York, NY).
Anyone involved with programming for incarcerated youth should read this report. It can be used to bolster ones attempt to develop family visitation programs in your agency. The positive impact of family visitation on the behavior and school performance of incarcerated youth is examined. The number of behavioral incidents decreased as visits increased. School performance for those who had frequent visits was 4.6 points higher than those youth who were not visited. “Despite the benefits of family... Read More
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6 pages
2013
Document 027291
An Impact Evaluation of Three Strategies Created to Reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact and the Detention Population: Final Report
By Rodriguez, Nancy; Eells, Elizabeth. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
“The goal of this project was to examine the effectiveness of three distinct strategies (revision of a detention index, a procedural change in review of detention decisions, and a monitoring system of detained youth) created by Maricopa County Juvenile Probation to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and the number of youth subject to detention in the County” (p. i). It appears that a combination of the three is the most effective way to reduce sentencing disparity and juvenile detent... Read More
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47 pages
2013
Document 027625
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults
By Davis, Lois M.; Bozick, Robert; Steele, Jennifer L.; Saunders, Jessica; Miles, Jeremy N.V.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). RAND Corp. Safety and Justice Program (Santa Monica, CA).
“In this report, we [the authors] examine the evidence about the effectiveness of correctional education for incarcerated adults in the United States. By correctional education, we mean the following: adult basic education (ABE): basic skills instruction in arithmetic, reading, writing, and, if needed, English as a second language (ESL); adult secondary education (ASE): instruction to complete high school or prepare for a certificate of high school equivalency, such as the General Education Deve... Read More
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230 pages
2013
Document 027303
Systems-Level Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Center of Substance Abuse Treatment (Rockville, MD). Knowledge Application Program (KAP) (Rockville, MD).
This Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) “[d]escribes core elements of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for people with or at risk for substance use disorders. [It also] [d]escribes SBIRT services implementation, covering challenges, barriers, cost, and sustainability.” Five chapters are contained in this publication: introduction; SBIRT overview—defining screening. brief intervention, brief treatment, and referral to treatment, the SBIRT process the p... Read More
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82 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 027537
A Statewide Evaluation of New York’s Adult Drug Courts: Identifying Which Policies Work Best
By Cissner, Amanda B.; Rempel, Michael; Franklin, Allyson Walker; Roman, John K.; Bieler, Samuel; Cohen, Robyn; Cadoret, Carolyn R.. Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY); Urban Institute. Justice Policy Center (Washington, DC).
This study documented the positive impact of drug courts in New York on both re-arrest and re-conviction. If you are looking for ways to implement an effective drug court program or are looking to improve one you already have then you will find some helpful strategies to guide your efforts. This report contains eight chapter following an executive summary: introduction; research design and methodology; profile of drug court participant characteristics; profile of drug court policy characteristi... Read More
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118 pages
2013
Document 027539
NIJ’s Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC).
This website provides access to materials related to the National Institute of Justice’s Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE). You should look at the information provided here If you are thinking of implementing or improving drug courts in your jurisdiction. Sections cover: description of the evaluation; research questions; data collection; and links to results from the evaluation (publications, dataset, and presentations). ... Read More
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2013
Document 027539
NIJ’s Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC).
This website provides access to materials related to the National Institute of Justice’s Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE). You should look at the information provided here If you are thinking of implementing or improving drug courts in your jurisdiction. Sections cover: description of the evaluation; research questions; data collection; and links to results from the evaluation (publications, dataset, and presentations). ... Read More
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2013
Document 027539
NIJ’s Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC).
This website provides access to materials related to the National Institute of Justice’s Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE). You should look at the information provided here If you are thinking of implementing or improving drug courts in your jurisdiction. Sections cover: description of the evaluation; research questions; data collection; and links to results from the evaluation (publications, dataset, and presentations). ... Read More
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2013
Document 027559
An Evaluation of Sex Offender Registry Restrictions in Michigan and Missouri
By Huebner, Beth M.; Bynum, Timothy S,; Rydberg, Jason; Kras, Kimberly; Grommon, Eric; Pleggenkuhle, Breanne. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
The impact of registry restrictions on sex offenders is examined by determining this population’s housing locations, recidivism patterns, and the collateral consequences they experience following residency restriction. Results show that residency restrictions do not significantly decrease the number of sex offenders who live near schools and day care centers, have a small effect on reducing recidivism, and has some effect on the stigma experienced by sex offenders. “As noted the effect of reside... Read More
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95 pages
2013
Document 027805
Evaluation of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Program
By Irazola, Seri; Williamson, Erin; Niedzwiecki, Emily; Debus-Sherrill, Sara; Stricker, Julie. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). ICF International (Fairfax, VA).
Results from an evaluation of Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) programs are presented. “Automated victim notification (AVN) is often touted as an effective and efficient means for providing victims timely and accurate information of their offenders’ court events and status changes at reduced burden to the criminal justice system. AVN systems, first introduced in 1994, operate by receiving electronic data (e.g., case number, offender demographics) from participating... Read More
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359 pages
2013
Document 027807
Transition Age Youth With Mental Health Challenges in the Juvenile Justice System
By Zajac, Kristyn; Sheidow, Ashli L.; Davis, Maryann. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD); National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (Bethesda, MD); National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Bethesda, MD); National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) (Washington, DC). Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) (Washington, DC); National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) (Delmar, NY).
Anyone working with transitional youth, individuals aged 16 to 25 years, needs to read this brief. It will help you in understanding their mental health problems, recidivism, and effective transition to adulthood. Sections of this brief include: overview, development during transition to adulthood, and potential pitfalls of the transition age; mental health problems and juvenile justice involvement during the transition age; critical issues facing justice-involved transition age youth with menta... Read More
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61 pages
2013
Document 027914
A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center: Final Report
By Lee, Cynthia G.; Cheesman, Fred L.; Rottman, David B.; Swaner, Rachel; Lambson, Suvi; Rempel, Mike; Curtis, Ric. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). National Center for State Courts (NCSC) (Williamsburg, VA).
This study examines the effectiveness of the Red Hook Community Justice Center (RHCJC) in tackling multiple problems that contribute to crime, public safety, and quality of life in the local community. This report has chapters covering: the theoretical foundations and study context; evaluation data and methods; planning RHCJC; organizational structure and staffing; community and youth programs—Housing Court and the Housing Resource Center, youth programs, community programs and public outreach, ... Read More
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286 pages
2013
Document 027913
The Effect of Youth Diversion Programs on Recidivism: A Meta-Analytic Review
By Wilson, Holly A.; Hoge, Robert D..
This article is essential reading for those individuals involved with juvenile justice reform. “Pre- and postcharge diversion programs have been used as a formal intervention strategy for youth offenders since the 1970s. This meta-analysis was conducted to shed some light on whether diversion reduces recidivism at a greater rate than traditional justice system processing and to explore aspects of diversion programs associated with greater reductions in recidivism” (p. 497). Sections cover: forma... Read More
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22 pages
2012
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
    VIDEO
    1 video DVD (130 minutes)
    2012
    Document 032606
    Extended-Release Naltrexone to Prevent Opioid Relapse in Criminal Justice Offenders
    By Lee, Joshua D. Friedmann, Peter D. Kinlock, Timothy W. Nunes, Edward V. Boney, Tamara Y. Hoskinson, Jr., Randall A. Wilson, Donna McDonald, Ryan Rotrosen, John Gourevitch, Marc N. Gordon, Michael Fishman, Marc Chen, Donna T. Bonnie, Richard J. Cornish, James W. Murphy, Sean M. O’Brien, Charles P. . U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
    New England Journal of Medicine, v. 374 n. 13, p. 1232-1242, March 31, 2016 "Extended-release naltrexone, a sustained-release monthly injectable formulation of the full mu-opioid receptor antagonist, is effective for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence. Data supporting its effectiveness in U.S. criminal justice populations are limited … In this trial involving criminal justice offenders, extended-release naltrexone was associated with a rate of opioid relapse that was lower than th... Read More
    PDF
    11 pages
    2012
    Document 026520
    Drug Courts’ Effects on Criminal Offending for Juveniles and Adults
    By Mitchell, Ojmarrh; Wilson, David B.; Eggers, Amy; MacKenzie, Doris L.. Campbell Collaboration (Oslo, Norway).
    “The objective of this review is to systematically review quasi-experimental and experimental (RCT) evaluations of the effectiveness of drug courts in reducing recidivism, including drug courts for juvenile and DWI offenders. This systematic review critically assesses drug courts’ effects on recidivism in the short- and long-term, the methodological soundness of the existing evidence, and the relationship between drug court features and effectiveness” (p. 6). Results are provided for: a descript... Read More
    PDF
    87 pages
    2011
    Document 025475
    Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes--July 2011 Update
    By Aos, Steve; Lee, Stephanie; Drake, Elizabeth; Pennucci, Annie; Klima, Tali; Miller, Marna; Anderson, Laurie; Mayfield, Jim; Burley, Mason. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Olympia, WA).
    An overview is presented of findings (as of July 2011) regarding “a comprehensive list of programs and policies that improve … outcomes for children and adults in Washington and result in more cost-efficient use of public resources” (p. 1). Sections comprising this report are: summary; background; the four-step research approach that assesses what works, calculates costs and benefits and ranks options, measures the risks associated with the analysis, and estimates the impact of various option co... Read More
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    8 pages
    2011
    Document 025537
    Is This a Good Quality Outcome Evaluation Report? A Guide for Practitioners
    By Poulin, Mary; Orchowsky, Stan; Trask, Jason. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance. Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement (Washington, DC); Justice Research and Statistics Association (Washington, DC).
    “This guide is designed to introduce and explain the key concepts in outcome evaluation research in order to help practitioners distinguish between good and poor quality evaluation reports” (p. 3). Topics covered include: what evaluation is; the role of evaluation design; how well the evaluation is carried out; sample size appropriateness; definitions of evaluation terms; cost-benefit analysis; meta-analyses and systematic reviews; assessing the report’s quality; and “Is This a Good Quality Eval... Read More
    PDF
    17 pages
    2011
    Document 024937
    Incident Review of Death of Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl, January 29, 2011
    By Palmateer, Joan; Upchurch, James; Elzie, Michelle. NIC Review Team (N.P.).
    Circumstances surrounding the untimely death of Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl at the hands of an inmate are the focus of this incident review. This report “identifies systems, policies, practices, protocol, and technology within MCC/WRS [Monroe Correctional Complex/Washington State Reformatory] which would reasonably have been connected to factors surrounding safety and security for staff and others within that compound” (p. 3). Sections following an executive summary are: pre-planning agend... Read More
    PDF
    26 pages
    2011
    Document 025172
    Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field
    National Institute of Corrections. Pretrial Executives Network (Washington, DC).
    “This monograph presents recommended outcome and performance measures and mission-critical data … [that] will enable pretrial service agencies to gauge more accurately their programs’ effectiveness in meeting agency and justice system goals” (p. v). Sections of this publication include introduction, outcome measures, performance measures, mission-critical data, setting targets, and examples of pretrial release program measures.... Read More
    PDF
    24 pages
    2011
    Document 025219
    Offender Workforce Development Services Makes an Impact
    By Lichtenberger, Eric; Weygandt, Scott. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    Results from an ongoing evaluation project on the effectiveness of offender workforce development (OWD) services are presented. “Drug and alcohol abuse and/or not continuing substance abuse treatment was identified as almost a universal barrier to post-release success” (p. 67). Those individuals that receive OWD services have a recidivism rate 33% lower than the comparison group.... Read More
    PDF
    2 pages
    2011
    Document 025242
    Implementing Evidence-Based Principles in Community Corrections: A Case Study of Successes and Challenges in Maine
    By Rubin, Mark; Ethridge, William; Rocque, Michael. National Insitute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Southern Maine. Muskie School of Public Service (Portland, ME).
    The integration of evidence-based principles, organizational development, and collaboration is investigated. Sections of this report are: introduction; background; literature review; methodology; document review; key informant interviews; interviews with probation officers (observations of current climate); quantitative analysis of intermediate measures; and findings. “The research on evidence-based principles in Maine … suggests that this concurrent model may not be a realistic strategy given i... Read More
    PDF
    51 pages
    2010
    Document 025266
    What Works in Residential Centers Monographs
    By Taxman, Faye X.; Rexroat, Jessica; Shilton, Mary; Mericle, Amy; Lerch, Jennifer. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). George Mason University. Criminology, Law & Society. Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (Fairfax, VA).
    This series of monographs “examines the impact of participation in a RRC [Residential Re-entry Center] on federal offender release outcomes” (p. 2). RRCs assist in the transition of offenders from prison to the community. The series contains eight reports: Executive Overview: What Works in Residential Reentry Centers; Report 1: What Is the Impact of “Performance Contracting” on Offender Supervision Services?; Report 2: Measuring Performance- The Capacity of Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs) to ... Read More
    WEB
    165 pages
    2009
    Document 024463
    Evaluation of Selected Institutional Offender Treatment Programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections: Executive Summary [and] Final Report
    By Latessa, Edward J.; Smith, Paula; Schweitzer, Myrinda; Lovins, Lori. Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) (Harrisburg, PA). University of Cincinnati. School of Criminal Justice (Cincinnati, OH).
    This summary will give you a good look at one agencies verification of its programs’ ability to produce evidence-based outcomes. Five programs were “assessed to identify the effectiveness of each at providing evidence-based services”--Thinking for a Change, Batterer’s Intervention, Violence Prevention, and two sex offense specific programs (p.1). These programs were evaluated with the Evidence-Based Correctional Program Checklist (CPC) and the Evidence-Based Program Checklist--Group Assessment (... Read More
    PDF
    6 pages + 322 pages
    2009
    Document 023833
    Review of the Phoenix/New Freedom Gang Intervention Curriculum
    By Isorena, Teresa. California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Adult Research Branch (Sacramento, CA).
    Results are provided from an assessment of the Phoenix/New Freedom gang intervention curriculum. This review contains these sections: background; general findings; conclusion and recommendations; and summary of telephone survey findings from New Jersey, Wisconsin, Florida, New Mexico, Georgia, and Ohio. The curriculum appears less than effective for females and younger children, yet still shows some promise.... Read More
    PDF
    8 p.
    2009
    Document 024034
    Probation in Maine: Setting the Baseline
    By Rubin, Mark; Dodge, Jennifer. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Southern Maine. Muskie School of Public Service (Portland, ME).
    "This study was conducted to determine the types, extent, and frequencies of adult probation recidivism in Maine adult probation recidivism in Maine before and during the implementation period” of a “series of evidence-based principles in community corrections with the goal of improving the effectiveness of offender management in the community” (p.1). Findings are tabulated for: characteristics of the sample; risk level by year entering probation; one-year recidivism rates by risk category and c... Read More
    PDF
    14 p.
    2009
    Document 024035
    Probation and Split-Sentencing in Maine
    By Rocque, Michael A.; Rubin, Mark. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Southern Maine. Muskie School of Public Service (Portland, ME).
    “This brief examines Maine’s sentencing practices during the pilot project, [the implementation of “a series of evidence-based principles in community corrections with the goal of improving the effectiveness of offender management in the community”], for adult probationers entering probation between 2004 and 2007” (p. 1). Topics discussed include: who received a split sentence; split-sentences in Maine are more likely to be given to more serious offenders; probationers receiving split-sentences ... Read More
    PDF
    4 p.
    2009
    Document 024036
    Maine's Women Offenders: What Do We Know?
    By King, Erica. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Southern Maine. Muskie School of Public Service (Portland, ME).
    “This study provides a descriptive analysis of the characteristics of women entering Maine’s probation system from 2004 to 2006, and examines the factors contributing to recidivism, defined as an arrest for a new crime (misdemeanor or felony) while under probation supervision” (p. 2). Tabulations of findings are presented for: characteristics of sample; returning County of Maine women probationer sample; Maine characteristics of Maine women probationer sample; risk level by year entering probati... Read More
    PDF
    16 p.
    2009
    Document 024803
    National Institute of Corrections Training Evaluation Project: Training, Leadership, and Organizational Change: Focus on CLD and MDF
    By Wells, James B.; Minor, Kevin I.; Parson, J. Stephen. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Commonwealth Research Consulting, Inc. (Brookline, MA).
    Results from the Training Evaluation Project assessing the training offered by the National Institute of Corrections are presented. “The primary purpose of this bulletin is to examine leadership from a 360 degree perspective, and to assess relationships between training, leadership, and organizational change” (p. 3). It appears Correctional Leadership Development increased transformational leadership practices while Management Development for the Future had a small effect on leadership change.... Read More
    PDF
    16 pages
    2009
    Document 024802
    National Institute of Corrections Training Evaluation Project: 2008 Evaluation Supplement: Learning, Application, and Action Plan Progress
    By Wells, James B.; Minor, Kevin I.; Parson, J. Stephen. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Commonwealth Research Consulting, Inc. (Brookline, MA).
    Results from the Training Evaluation Project assessing the training offered by the National Institute of Corrections are presented. This bulletin’s primary purpose is to update CwRC-NIC Bulletin 4 (NICIC no. 024801) results about four recent training programs not included in the pilot project findings. The programs are Inmate Behavior Management, Administering a Small Jail, Conducting Prison Security Audits, and How to Run a Direct Supervision Housing Unit—Training for Trainers. Participants re... Read More
    PDF
    18 pages
    2009
    Document 023642
    Moving Toward Outcome-Oriented Performance Measurement Systems
    By Callahan, Kathe; Kloby, Kathryn. IBM Center for the Business of Government (Washington, DC).
    The use of outcome-oriented performance measurement by community leaders is explained. Sections of this report include: introduction; three profiles in outcome-oriented performance measurement systems; the challenge of creating these systems; recommendations for creating these systems; conclusion; and an appendix comparing government-sponsored and community indicator approaches.... Read More
    PDF
    33 p.
    2009
    Document 025449
    Evaluation of Selected Institutional Offender Treatment Programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
    By Latessa, Edward J.; Smith, Paula; Schweitzer, Myrinda; Lovins, Lori. Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections (Camp Hill, PA). University of Cincinnati, Center of Criminal Justice Research (Cincinnati, OH).
    The effectiveness of intervention programs ran by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) is evaluated. Sections comprising this report include: introduction; principles of effective intervention; the PA DOC; description of programming and services; Thinking for a Change (T4C) program; Batterer’s Intervention program; Violence Prevention program; Sex Offender program—outpatient and therapeutic community; delivery of treatment services; description of PA DOC assessment process; method... Read More
    PDF
    322 pages
    2008
    Document 026137
    Performance Measurement for Justice Information System Projects
    By Geerken, Michael. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Texas State University. Center for Society, Law and Justice (San Marcos, TX); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC).
    The crafting of performance measures and those for criminal justice information sharing are discussed. “The guide helps managers, staff, and executives develop measures in two ways: by offering comments and advice on the process of developing measures, and by providing a catalog of workable examples for specific types of project” (p. 1). Nine chapters are contained in this publication: introduction—what performance measures are; which goals the project helps us achieve; how the project assists u... Read More
    PDF
    92 pages
    2008
    Document 023363
    Understanding the Research Evaluating the Effectiveness of Batterers' Intervention Programs
    By Woodward, Bill; Bechtel, Kristin. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    Findings from research regarding batterers' intervention programs are reviewed. Topics covered include: the more common batterers' intervention programs available; research that has been conducted on the effectiveness of batterer's intervention programs; the effectiveness of these programs according to the research; studies suggesting program effectiveness and methodological limitations to these studies that may impact their conclusions; who batterers' intervention programs should target; varia... Read More
    PDF
    7 p.
    2008
    Document 023436
    Mentoring Interventions to Affect Juvenile Delinquency and Associated Problems
    By Tolan, Patrick; Henry, David; Schoeny, Michael; Bass, Arin. University of Illinois at Chicago. Institute for Juvenile Research (Chicago, IL); Jerry Lee Foundation (Philadelphia, PA). University of Illinois at Chicago. Institute for Juvenile Research (Chicago, IL); Campbell Collaboration (Oslo, Norway).
    A "review of selective and indicated mentoring interventions that have been evaluated for their effects on delinquency outcomes for youth . . . and key associated outcomes" is presented (p. 2). Sections in addition to a synopsis and abstract include: background; objectives; methods -- criteria for inclusion and exclusion of studies in review; results; and conclusions. "These results suggest mentoring, at least as represented by the included studies, has positive effects for these important publ... Read More
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    115 p.
    2008
    Document 024801
    National Institute of Corrections Training Evaluation Project: 2008 Evaluation Results: Satisfaction, Learning, and Action Plan Progress
    By Wells, James B.; Minor, Kevin I.; Parson, J. Stephen. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Commonwealth Research Consulting, Inc. (Brookline, MA).
    Results from the Training Evaluation Project assessing the training offered by the National Institute of Corrections are presented. Evaluations are made of more recent trainings instead of those conducted during the pilot phase of this project. The programs are Inmate Behavior Management, Administering a Small Jail, Conducting Prison Security Audits, and How to Run a Direct Supervision Housing Unit—Training for Trainers. On a 5 point scale, participants rated satisfaction with training and train... Read More
    PDF
    22 pages
    2008
    Document 024800
    National Institute of Corrections Training Evaluation Project, 2005-2007: Training Results, Activity Level Changes, and Implementation Results
    By Wells, James B.; Minor, Kevin I.; Parson, J. Stephen. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Commonwealth Research Consulting, Inc. (Brookline, MA).
    Results from the Training Evaluation Project assessing the training offered by the National Institute of Corrections are presented. This bulletin covers “training results (progress on training objectives), activity level changes (pre- and post-training behavior), and implementation results (in the workplace)” (p.1). Participants made moderate to substantial progress in meeting training objectives, engaged in 70.4% of key training-related behaviors, and made moderate progress implementing trainin... Read More
    PDF
    14 pages
    2007
    Document 023740
    Gender-Responsive Risk/Needs Assessment, Final Report
    By Wright, Emily; Van Voorhis, Patricia; Bauman, Ashley; Salisbury, Emily. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. Center for Criminal Justice Research (Cincinnati, OH).
    Results are provided from an evaluation of the gender-responsive risk/needs assessment used by Minnesota, the LSI-R (Level of Service Inventory-Revised), and a supplement called the "trailer". Sections comprising this report include: project history; women offenders and risk assessment; study methodology; results; construction of the final trailer instrument; treatment and policy implications; implementation considerations; and conclusion.... Read More
    PDF
    117 p.
    2007
    Document 023746
    A Gender Responsive Risk Assessment for Women Offenders: Results for the Missouri Department of Corrections Probation, Prison, and Pre-Release Samples
    By Van Voorhis, Patricia; Salisbury, Emily; Wright, Emily; Bauman, Ashley; Holsinger, Kristi. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. Center for Criminal Justice Research (Cincinnati, OH).
    Results are reported for an evaluation of a stand alone risk/needs assessment instrument for female offenders developed for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Sections of this document include: gender responsive needs; Missouri Project history; methodology; analyses of findings; implementation issues; and conclusion.... Read More
    PDF
    100 p.
    2007
    Document 024799
    National Institute of Corrections Training Academy Evaluation Project, 2005-2006: Participant Evaluation of Trainers
    By Wells, James B.; Minor, Kevin I.; Parson, J. Stephen. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Eastern Kentucky University. Center for Criminal Justice Education and Research (Richmond, KY).
    Results from the Training Academy Evaluation Project (TAEP) assessing the training offered by the National Institute of Corrections' Academy are presented. This bulletin discusses how participants felt about individual trainers. Some highlights include: twenty-eight of the 34 trainers received high marks for satisfaction while also receiving an average score of 98% for them to lead classes again. The trainer strength most noted was knowledge of the field (27%), with the trainer weakness most oft... Read More
    PDF
    12 p.
    2007
    Document 022133
    Increasing Collaboration Between Corrections and Mental Health Organizations: Kansas Case Study
    National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Council of State Governments. Criminal Justice Mental Health Consensus Project (Lexington, KY); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    The COR-Pathways (Community Offender Resources Pathways) transition planning program, a collaboration between the Kansas Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), is described and evaluated. Sections contained in this case study are: introduction; summary of initiatives for re-entering offenders with mental illness; building collaboration (2001-2003); breaking new ground (2003-2005); evaluating program impact; looking ahead -- challenges; lookin... Read More
    PDF
    16 p.
    2007
    Document 022134
    Increasing Collaboration Between Corrections and Mental Health Organizations: Orange County Case Study
    National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Council of State Governments. Criminal Justice Mental Health Consensus Project (Lexington, KY); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    The use of the Mental Health Pretrial Release Program (MHPTR) by the Orange County Jail, in order to identify those individuals with mental illness who can be safely supervised in the community prior to their trials, is discussed. Seven sections comprising this case study are: introduction; summary of initiatives; first steps -- 1999-2004; beyond the Central Receiving Center -- 2004-2006; assessing the impact of new initiatives; looking ahead -- challenges; and dimensions of collaboration. Succ... Read More
    PDF
    20 p.
    2007
    Document 022298
    Large Jail Network Meeting, January 28-30, 2007, Longmont, Colorado
    National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Washington, DC).
    Contents of these proceedings are: meeting highlights; “Reflecting on 15 Years of the Large Jail Network” by David Parrish and Art Wallenstein; “Open Forum: Hot Topics for Discussion”; “Using the NIC Corrections Community LJN Forum” by Joshua Stengel; “Large Jail Systems Assessment Project” by James Austin; “Legal Issues Update” by Bill Collins; “Improving Collaboration Between Corrections & Mental Health Systems” by Fred Osher and Seth Prins; “Diagnosing Organizational Culture” by Carol Flaher... Read More
    PDF
    50 p.
    2007
    Document 022693
    National Institute of Corrections Training Academy Evaluation Project, 2005-2006: Participant Demographics, Overall Evaluation of Training, and Applicability Ratings
    By Wells, James B.; Minor, Kevin I.; Wallace, Lisa H.; Parson, J. Stephen. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Eastern Kentucky University. Center for Criminal Justice Education and Research (Richmond, KY).
    Initial results from the Training Academy Evaluation Project (TAEP) assessing the training offered by the National Institute of Corrections' Academy are presented. Sections of this bulletin are: highlights; research strategy; findings regarding participant demographic and background profile, participants' overall evaluation of training, participants' evaluations of training applicability, and pre/post comparison of perceived applicability; and future directions. Overall, participants rate the t... Read More
    PDF
    12 p.
    2007
    Document 022723
    Does Participation in Washington's Work Release Facilities Reduce Recidivism?
    Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Olympia, WA).
    The effect of work release facilities in Washington State on recidivism is assessed. This report is divided into three sections: evaluation of work release program; identification of facilities with the greatest effectiveness on recidivism; and examination of work release practices. While three of four studies show that work release reduces recidivism, more research is warranted for broader contemporary results.... Read More
    PDF
    16 p.
    2007
    Document 022782
    Improving Parole Outcomes with Performance Leadership and Data: Doing What Works
    By Hunter, Danny; Braucht, George; Prevost, John. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
    "This article describes the evolution of the Georgia Parole Board's business-oriented data and performance leadership model" (p. 35). Topics covered include: business is data driven, government should be, too; Georgia's data-driven TCPI (Transition From Prison to the Community Initiative) plan; computerized information systems -- essential data to support accountability measures; managing with the right data; effective reports -- easy to access, read, and understand the causal link; performance... Read More
    PDF
    10 p.
    2006
    Document 023736
    Gender Responsive Risk/Needs Assessment, Final Report
    By Van Voorhis, Patricia; Salisbury, Emily; Bauman, Ashley; Wright, Emily . National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. Center for Criminal Justice Research (Cincinnati, OH).
    Results from the Gender-Responsive Risk/Needs Assessment Project for Maui CARE are provided. Maui CARE is an "interagency collaboration with the communities of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai to improve criminal justice responses and outcomes for women and their families" (p. 9). This report contains sections about: project history; supporting research; study methodology; results; construction of the final trailer; summary of implementation considerations; and summary of policy implications.... Read More
    PDF
    75 p.
    2005
    Document 020311
    Mental Health Consultant Report
    By White, Thomas. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Iowa Dept. of Corrections. Iowa State Penitentiary. Clinical Care Unit (Des Moines, IA).
    Results from an evaluation of the treatment of mentally ill inmates housed in the CCU (Critical Care Unit) of the Iowa State Penitentiary are provided. Sections of this report include: comments from the Iowa Department of Corrections; cover letter to the study proper; background and overview; findings regarding recent suicide deaths of four offenders, mental health/treatment issues, and security issues; summary of suicide death review; overview of management and personnel issues; evaluation of ... Read More
    DOC
    54 p.
    2005
    Document 020754
    Project Guide: Tribal Justice System Assessment
    By Martin, Mark. National Institute of Corrections. Native American and Alaskan Technical Assistance Project (NAATAP) (Washington, DC); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Justice Planners International (JPI) Demarest, NJ).
    "[D]irection to tribal jurisdictions interested in conducting a justice system assessment for the purposes of addressing systemic issues raised in the development of detention and correctional facilities" is provided (p. 7). This guide is comprised of the following sections: introduction; what a justice assessment is; impact of the justice system assessment on detention and corrections bed space needs; approach to conducting a system assessment; steps in the assessment process; unique character... Read More
    PDF
    24 p.
    2004
    Document 020173
    NIC/CJI Implementing Effective Correctional Management of Offenders in the Community: Outcome and Process Measure Development
    National Institute of Corrections. Community Corrections Division (Washington, DC). Crime and Justice Institute (Boston, MA).
    Informational elements needed for outcome measures, system process measures, program measures, and individual performance measures for evidence based practices, system process measures for organizational development, and system process measures for collaboration are clarified. Each element is delineated by its required or recommended use, components, definition, tool/data source, description, frequency, and who collects the data.... Read More
    PDF
    11 p.
    2003
    Document 019140
    Do Batterer Intervention Programs Work? Two Studies
    By Jackson, Shelly. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
    Results from two studies regarding the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs are relayed. Sections of this report include: Broward County -- does stake-in-conformity matter most?; types of batterer interventions; Brooklyn -- is longer treatment more effective?; program and research issues; and new directions for protecting victims (e.g., rethinking intervention, linking batterer programs to other programs and responses, and improving evaluations). "Neither program changed subjects' [ma... Read More
    PDF
    10 p.
    2002
    Document 018190
    Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Cognitive Behavioral Program for Offenders on Probation: Thinking for a Change
    By Golden, Lori.
    The effectiveness of "Thinking for a Change" -- a cognitive behavioral program for adult probationers -- is investigated. Following an abstract, this dissertation contains these chapters: introduction; literature review; study purpose and major aims; method; results; and discussion. While "results for changes and improvements in criminal sentiments found in the present study [are] disappointing and counter to expectation," there are significant positive changes in social skills and social probl... Read More
    PDF
    155 p.
    2002
    Document 017770
    National Institute of Corrections Drug-Free Prison Zone Project: Evaluation Component for Each of Eight State Sites: Final Report
    By Holsinger, Alexander M.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dept. of Sociology/Criminal Justice and Criminology (Kansas City, MO); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    Results from projects implementing new strategies for drug interdiction within an institutional setting are presented. This compilation includes findings from final evaluation reports provided by Maryland, California, Kansas, New York, and Florida.... Read More
    PDF
    60 p.
    2001
    Document 017501
    Validation and Refinement of Objective Prison Classification Systems for Women: The Experience of Four States and Common Themes
    By Hardyman, Patricia L.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). George Washington University. Institute on Crime, Justice and Corrections (Washington, DC).
    An evaluation of the efforts of four states in revising their objective classification for female inmates is provided. Four sections comprise this report: introduction; project goals and tasks; description of the four states' women classification initiatives -- West Virginia Division of Corrections, Idaho Department of Corrections, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and Florida Department of Corrections; and common themes and lessons learned -- use the current instruments and override the scor... Read More
    PDF
    41 p.
    2001
    Document 017502
    Classification of Women Offenders: A National Assessment of Current Practices and the Experiences of Three States
    By Van Voorhis, Patricia. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. Center for Criminal Justice Research (Cincinnati, OH).
    The development of improved strategies for classifying female offenders is addressed. Sections of this report include:
    • Issues in classifying women offenders -- the literature review;
    • National assessment of current female offender classification practices;
    • Focus groups with corrections professionals and women offenders;
    • Directions for technical assistance (TA);
    • TA -- Hawaii Department of Public Safety;
    • TA -- Nebraska Department of Correctional Services; Read More
    PDF
    55 p.
    2001
    Document 017080
    Report to the United States Congress on the Activities of the Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement During Fiscal Year 2000 (October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000)
    By Moore, John E.. National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    Highlights of this Office's accomplishments and the status of correctional job training and placement in the U.S. are provided. Contents of this report include: foreword; introduction; background; activities and accomplishments -- office coordination, interagency coordination, public presentations, national telecast, information exchange activities, cooperative agreements, technical assistance, training, clearinghouse/information services, news articles, and purchase of copyright release privil... Read More
    PDF
    23 p.
    2000
    Document 015957
    Report to the Congress of the United States on the Activities of the Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement During Fiscal Year 1999
    National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    Contents include: introduction; background; status of correctional job training and placement programs in the United States -- Federal Bureau of Prisons, state, and local efforts; national forum; focus groups; office coordination; interagency coordination; cooperative agreements such as job retention literature review and software development for program replication; training efforts such as the development of a curriculum for Offender Workforce Development Specialists, Offender Employment Speci... Read More
    PDF
    15 p.
    2000
    Document 020527
    Selection Bias in the Evaluation of Prison-Based Drug Treatment Programs
    By Rhodes, William. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Abt Associates (Cambridge, MA).
    The "effectiveness of a within-prison substance abuse treatment program at improving specified post-release behaviors of those inmates who received treatment" is evaluated (p. 1). Sections of this report are: introduction; problem statement; findings regarding generic models, diagnostics, results, and the size of the treatment effect; and conclusions. The treated group has a rearrest rate of 31% compared to a rate of 38% for the untreated group.... Read More
    PDF
    52 p.
    2000
    Document 016800
    Better Corrections Through Information [Videoconference Held March 15, 2000]
    National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This videoconference discusses issues regarding the collection, analysis, and use of information to assess an agency's programs, services, and operations and to serve as a base for policymaking. Some topics addressed include:
    • Selecting areas on which to collect information;
    • Assessing department and/or agency needs and developing appropriate responses;
    • Managing evaluation resources;
    • And developing and defending result-based budgeting.
    ... Read More
    VIDEO
    1 DVD (165 minutes)
    1998
    Document 014373
    Objective Jail Classification Systems: A Guide for Jail Administrators
    By Austin, James. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    Objective jail classification (OJC) is a process of assessing every jail inmate's custody and program needs and is considered one of the most important management tools available to jail administrators and criminal justice system planners. An effective system of inmate classification will reduce escapes and escape attempts, suicides and suicide attempts, and inmate assaults. OJC systems use locally developed and validated instruments, one at intake and another after a period of confinement, that... Read More
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    72 p.
    1998
    Document 014789
    Private Prisons in the United States: An Assessment of Current Practice
    By McDonald, Douglas. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Abt Associates (Cambridge, MA).
    After presenting an overview of the private imprisonment industry, this assessment addresses four major issues in privatization: Does contracting for prison operations save money? Do privately operated facilities provide better services? Legal issues relevant to contracting for imprisonment, and Implications for federal prisons. ... Read More
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    212 p.
    1997
    Document 013793
    Policy-Driven Responses to Probation and Parole Violations
    By Burke, Peggy B.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Center for Effective Public Policy (Silver Spring, MD); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    The author describes the experiences of probation and parole agencies from across the country that worked with NIC on developing innovative approaches to probation and parole violations and revocations. The document identifies critical issues emerging from these experiences, and discusses the impact that some of these approaches had on the jurisdiction or agency involved. ... Read More
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    48 p.
    1996
    Document serial553
    Project Re-Enterprise: A Texas Program
    By Moses, Marilyn C.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
    Project Re-Enterprise (PRE), administered by the Crime Prevention Institute, enlists the participation of local business leaders in an educational initiative to hone the job-seeking skills of inmates, who interview at mock job fairs. In addition to providing interviewing practice for the inmates, the program has caused some employers to voluntarily alter their policies regarding hiring ex-offenders. This Program Focus describes PRE's process, funding, and measures of success, and also outlines t... Read More
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    16 p.
    1996
    Document 014292
    Evaluability Assessment: A Tool for Program Development in Corrections
    By Van Voorhis, Patricia; Brown, Kelly. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. Division of Criminal Justice (Cincinnati, OH).
    Evaluability assessment helps to determine whether a program has been planned and implemented well enough to be evaluated. This monograph focuses on how to plan and develop the type of program that is likely to produce a successful comprehensive evaluation. It highlights some of the most recent efforts to examine programs in terms of whether or not they are utilizing dimensions known to be effective and avoiding those established as ineffective. ... Read More
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    43 p.
    1996
    Document 014690
    Guide to a Criminal Justice System Assessment: A Work in Progress
    By Burke, Peggy; Cushman, Robert; Ney, Becki. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Center for Effective Public Policy (Silver Spring, MD); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    A system assessment is a collaborative effort between a jurisdiction, the National Institute of Corrections, and consultants to develop a shared understanding of how an existing sanctioning system works. This guide defines what a system assessment and its multiple dimensions are, discusses the approach to the system assessment, and describes how a system assessment can be conducted. Jurisdictions taking part in an assessment can expect to: 1. have two, three-day site visits by an assessment team... Read More
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    134 p.
    1996
    Document 013633
    Audits of Podular Direct-Supervision Jails
    By Farbstein, Jay; Liebert, Dennis; Sigurdson, Herbert. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    Three facilities varying in size and region were audited to measure the state of the art in podular direct-supervision jails, to test how well direct supervision is performing, and to point out its strengths and challenges. Staff and inmates in facilities in Minnesota, Florida, and Massachusetts were surveyed on issues such as safety and security, effective supervision of inmates, classification, staffing and training, and design and environment. Findings are presented in detail by facility. Flo... Read More
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    64 p.
    1994
    Document 011994
    Understanding Why Inmates Are Misclassified: The Use of Qualitative Methods in Evaluating Objective Prison Classification
    By Alexander, Jack; Austin, James. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (San Francisco, CA).
    This study of classification systems has two purposes. The first is to test new methods for evaluating objective prison classification systems by using qualitative research methods. The second is to examine why inmates often do not behave as expected according to their classification level. By looking at two prison systems, this report provides the process evaluation results of their classification systems and explains the factors that influence inmate behaviors.... Read More
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    63 p.
    1994
    Document 012121
    Program Review and Internal Audit in Corrections
    By Sechrest, Dale K.; McShane, Marilyn; Haefeli, Lawrence F.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This report addresses the nature of program review/internal audit systems in correctional agencies and facilities. Based on an analysis of review systems and a review of management literature, the report presents a model program review/internal audit system. Included in this analysis are discussions of evaluation procedures, performance measurements, types of program reviews, risk assessment, priority-setting and management information systems.... Read More
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    272 p.
    1992
    Document 010427
    Improving the Use of Intermediate Sanctions: Lessons from the Intermediate Sanctions Project
    By McGarry, Peggy. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); State Justice Institute (Alexandria, VA). Center for Effective Public Policy (Washington, DC).
    With the goal of providing support and technical assistance to local jurisdictions, a national project on intermediate sanctions focused on key elements of an intergrated system of intermediate sanctions. This report reviews developments that arose during the project and summarizes discussions on the development of both a range of sentencing options and coherent policy guidelines.... Read More
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    7 p.
    1992
    Document 010675
    Handbook for Evaluating Objective Prison Classification Systems
    By Alexander, Jack; Austin, James. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (San Francisco, CA).
    Developed to provide correctional professional with a tool for more effectively and efficiently managing their departments, this document presents a critical review of issues relevant to the evaluation of correctional classification systems. Topics covered include: standards for conducting classification evaluations, impact evaluation and validation goals, evaluation questions, designs, and methods; and sampling and data collection techniques.... Read More
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    98 p.
    1991
    Document 013139
    Community Corrections in Colorado: Why Do Some Clients Succeed and Others Fail?
    By English, Kim; Mande, Mary J.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Colorado Division of Criminal Justice (Denver, CO).
    This study provides information about the fifty percent of the clients who enter community corrections in Colorado and are subsequently returned to prison within a few months. Questions such as who fails and why? are examined and the results are supported by tables and charts.... Read More
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    97 p.
    1990
    Document 008927
    Colorado Judicial Department Probation Officer Workload Study: Final Report
    By Bemus, Brian. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Colorado Judicial Dept. (Denver, CO).
    Title of project is "Probation Workload Analysis: Revised Time Study." Results of a study on Colorado probation officer workload are described, with recommendations provided by the author. The author discusses changes in the Colorado Judicial Department's case management system, including the development of intensive supervision, electronic monitoring, drug screening, and interstate compact programs.... Read More
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    31 p.
    1990
    Document 008749
    The Evaluation of the Wisconsin Classification System As It Applies to the Los Angeles Probation Population
    By Zhang, Xiaodong; De la Paz, Celso. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Los Angeles County Probation Dept., Program Services Office (Downey, CA).
    A conclusion of this study, which was primarily based upon the chi-square test, is that the Wisconsin Probation Classification System did a fair job in differentiating high risk probationers from medium or low risk, but the system failed to provide a consistent prediction across different ethnic groups in the Los Angeles County Probation Population. (p.1)... Read More
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    35 p.
    1989
    Document 008753
    An Assessment of the Maricopa County Probation Department's Warrant/Absconders Unit
    By del Carmen, Rolando V.; Byrne, James M.. National Institute of Corrections. Community Corrections Division (Washington, DC). Maricopa County Adult Probation Dept. (Phoenix, AZ).
    Current policies, procedures and practices of the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department's Warrant/Absconder Unit are examined. Recommendations are offered in four areas: (1) Structure and Purpose of the Warrants Unit; (2) Gun Use by Warrants Unit Personnel; (3) Critical Training and Policy Needs; and (4) The Warrant Unit's Operational Procedures.... Read More
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    30 p.
    1989
    Document 009277
    Evaluating the Impact of Ohio's Community Corrections Programs on Public Safety and Costs: Final Report
    By Austin, James; Quigley, Peter; Cuvelier, Steve. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (San Francisco, CA).
    The impact of the state of Ohio subsidized, county-operated Community Corrections Act programs (CCA), Intensive Diversion Units (IDU), and the Community Based Correctional Facilities (CBCF) are reviewed. The study concludes that these programs do serve to divert offenders from state prisons.... Read More
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    72 p.
    1988
    Document 007975
    Interpersonal Violence Treatment Program
    National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Vermont Dept. of Corrections (Waterbury, VT).
    The purpose of the Criminal Violence Program is to significantly reduce the violent behavior of program inmates during and after incarceration. Also included in this packet of material is a lesson plan outline (1989) on treating the criminal personality and a description of VOP (Violent Offender Program) treatment activities.... Read More
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    32 p.
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