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  • Realigning Justice Resources: A Review of Population and Spending Shifts in Prison and Community Corrections

    This study demonstrated that there is not always a discernible relationship between population and spending shifts from one part of the system to another.
  • Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration for People with Mental Health Needs in the Criminal Justice System: The Cost-Savings Implications

    “The disproportionate number of people with behavioral health disorders involved in the criminal justice system puts a tremendous strain on scarce

  • How New York City Reduced Mass Incarceration: A Model for Change?

    “Are there connections between these three shifts - a decrease in crime, a decrease in the correctional population, and a sharp increase in controv

  • Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice

    This is a great introduction to the process by which an organization can evaluate whether a program is evidence-based is explained.

  • A Guide to Calculating Justice-System Marginal Costs

    "Any economic study of a justice-related investment needs to use the right cost information in its calculations.

  • Building Cost-Benefit Analysis Capacity in Criminal Justice: Notes from a Roundtable Discussion

    “Interest in using cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to help in criminal justice policymaking and planning has grown in recent years as state and local b

  • Screening for Risk of Sexual Victimization and for Abusiveness: Guidelines for Administering Screening Instruments and Using the Information to Inform Housing Decisions

    These guidelines were developed “to screen for risk of sexual victimization and for abusiveness, including questions to be asked of inmates, reside

  • Turning off the Spigot: How Sentencing Safety Valves Can Help States Protect Public Safety and Save Money

    “This report examines several states’ ‘‘safety valve’’ statutes - legislation that allows judges to bypass a mandatory sentence under certain circu

  • Playbook for Change? States Reconsider Mandatory Sentences

    “Since 2000, at least 29 states have taken steps to roll back mandatory sentences, with 32 bills passed in just the last five years.

  • Advancing the Quality of Cost-Benefit Analysis for Justice Programs

    Do you need a quick introduction to cost-benefit (CBA) analysis? Then this white paper is for you.

  • The Impact of Family Visitation on Incarcerated Youth's Behavior and School Performance: Findings from the Families as Partners Project

    The relationships between family visitation and an incarcerated youth's behavior and performance in school are examined.

  • Out of the Shadows: A Tool for the Identification of Victims of Human Trafficking

    "Human trafficking, often called “modern-day slavery,” occurs on a massive scale, trapping thousands of victims in lives of incredible suffering wi

  • On Life Support: Public Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration

    This report is an excellent introduction to the relationship between incarceration and public health and its significance for society.

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Justice Policy Toolkit

    "Justice policymakers must make tough choices with limited resources.

  • Incarceration's Front Door: The Misuse of Jails in America

    "Local jails, which exist in nearly every town and city in America, are built to hold people deemed too dangerous to release pending trial or at hi

  • The State of Juvenile Justice: A National Conversation about Research, Results, and Reform

    Based on recent scientific and legal developments, there’s an urgent need to ensure that adolescent development research is incorporated into exist

  • Relief in Sight? States Rethink the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction, 2009-2014

    "For millions of Americans, the legal and life-restricting consequences of a criminal conviction continue even after they’ve repaid their debt to s

  • Bridging the Gap: Improving the Health of Justice-Involved People through Information Technology

    "On September 17, 2014, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened a two-day conference in Rockville,

  • Solitary Confinement: Common Misconceptions and Emerging Safe Alternatives

    "Segregated housing, commonly known as solitary confinement, is increasingly being recognized in the United States as a human rights issue.

  • The Price of Jails: Measuring the Taxpayer Cost of Local Incarceration

    "Jails are far more expensive than previously understood, as significant jail expenditures-such as employee salaries and benefits, health care and

  • Culture, Language, and Access:; Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

    "Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of sexual and domestic violence than their hearing counterparts, but are often sh

  • Making PREA and victim services accessible for incarcerated people with disabilities: An implementation guide for practitioners on the adult and juvenile standards

    The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) sets standards to ensure that information about PREA and victim services are accessible to people with disab

  • In Our Own Backyard: Confronting Growth and Disparities in American Jails

    "Although jails are the “front door” to mass incarceration, there is not enough data for justice system stakeholders and others to understand how t

  • First-Episode Incarceration: Creating a Recovery-Informed Framework for Integrated Mental Health and Criminal Justice Responses

    "This report, modeled on promising approaches in the mental health field to people experiencing a first episode of psychosis, outlines a new integr