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  • Project Guide: Objective Classification Analysis

    The use of an objective classification system (OCS) is described.

  • Increasing Public Safety Through Successful Offender Reentry: Evidence-Based and Emerging Practices in Corrections

    The implementation of an effective offender reentry framework is explained.

  • Reentry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-Based and Community Organizations

    Recommendations are given on how states "can improve reentry, reduce recidivism, and build or improve collaborations with community-based service p

  • Implementing the Family Support Approach for Community Supervision

    Implementation of the Family Support Approach for Community Supervision is explained.

  • Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions

    While this guide is written for police departments, sheriff’s offices should find it helpful for developing approaches to interacting with mentally

  • State of the Science of Pretrial Risk Assessment

    “This publication is designed for a wide-ranging audience of criminal justice stakeholders who have questions about pretrial risk assessment and it

  • State of the Science of Pretrial Release Recommendations and Supervision

    Anyone needing to know what legal issues impact pretrial release or what supervision strategies will lead to more effective pretrial release practi

  • Identifying Core Competencies and Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for Jail Leaders: Methods and Outcomes

    The process by which it was determined what knowledge, skills, and abilities jail leaders should have in order to be successful at their jobs is ex

  • Ten Truths that Matter When Working with Justice Involved Women

    “This document reviews ten truths about justice involved women-gleaned from the research over the last few decades -that must be recognized if we a

  • Promising Practices in Pretrial Diversion

    'The goal of this monograph is to inform criminal justice practitioners and state and local policy makers of: Promising and emerging practices in t

  • Performance Measurement for Justice Information System Projects

    The crafting of performance measures and those for criminal justice information sharing are discussed.

  • Adults with Behavioral Health Needs Under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery

    “This white paper presents a shared framework for reducing recidivism and behavioral health problems among individuals under correctional control o

  • Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives

    “The purpose of this document is to provide readers with a description of how statewide efforts can be organized and play a role in supporting SPRs

  • Recidivism Reduction Checklists

    “These checklists can help familiarize state leaders with key issues related to recidivism reduction, and help them honestly evaluate strengths and

  • Developing a Policy on the Use of Social Media in Intelligence and Investigative Activities: Guidance and Recommendations

    "Social media sites have become useful tools for the public and law enforcement entities, but criminals are also using these sites for wrongful pur

  • An Inventory and Examination of Restorative Justice Practices for Youth in Illinois

    “The goal of this study was to learn the extent to which programs incorporate the components of restorative justice and provide an inventory of org

  • PREA - Prisons and Jails

    These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S.

  • 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

  • Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance Health and Public Safety Outcomes: A Report by the Criminal Justice and Health Collaboration Project, Version 1

    “This report was designed as a resource for the justice and health fields to: Identify the full range of beneficial information exchanges between t

  • PREA Essentials

    “The PREA Resource Center (PRC) designed this PREA [Prison Rape Elimination Act] Essentials Page to guide professionals in their implementation of

  • The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Experiences from the States

    “This brief summarizes the efforts of states involved in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a program designed to identify and implement co

  • Innovation in the Criminal Justice System: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Leaders

    The authors “sought to document knowledge, attitudes, and practices among a national sample of U.S. criminal justice leaders.

  • The Delivery of Pretrial Justice in Rural Areas: A Guide for Rural County Officials

    “This is a guide for elected officials seeking to enhance existing or develop new pretrial justice practices in rural areas.

  • 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

  • PREA Audit Resources

    “This feature of the PRC’s website seeks to support confinement facility and agency efforts toward PREA compliance by providing detailed informatio

  • Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool (CPAT): Administration, Scoring, and Reporting Manual, Version 1

    The Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool (CPAT) “is an empirically derived multi-jurisdiction pretrial risk assessment instrument for use in Colorado.

  • Pretrial Risk Assessment 101: Science Provides Guidance on Managing Defendants

    This brief explains how pretrial risk assessments can benefit the community by improving public safety and reducing costs.

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults

    “In this report, we [the authors] examine the evidence about the effectiveness of correctional education for incarcerated adults in the United Stat

  • Principles of an Effective Criminal Justice Response to the Challenges and Needs of Drug-Involved Individuals

    “The Principles report outlines ten operating guidelines that define highly-successful system-level responses to address the needs of drug involved

  • Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement

    “Developed by crime scene experts, this comprehensive, step-by-step guide leads law enforcement through the crucial, first phase of the justice pro

  • PREA Youthful Inmate Implementation

    This web page provides information regarding the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) “youthful inmate” standard.

  • Safeguarding Your Sexual Safety: A PREA Orientation Video

    This is an excellent presentation for youth about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

  • Unsecured Bonds: The Most Effective and Efficient Pretrial Release Option

    If your pretrial agency is looking for solid empirical evidence about the effectiveness of unsecure bonds compared to secure bonds in safeguarding

  • Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report

    “States across the country are increasingly seeking cost-effective and evidence-based strategies to enhance public safety and manage their correcti

  • 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.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury in the Criminal Justice Population [Webinar]

    “This webinar discusses the prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its implications for the criminal justice system.

  • Specialized Training: Investigating Sexual Abuse in Confinement Settings

    This training program “is designed to address the requirements outlined in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standard 115.34/.134/.234/.334 re

  • Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities: The Impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

    “The National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards were released in 2012 to provide comprehensive guidance on the prevention, detection, an

  • A Comparison of Risk Assessment Instruments in Juvenile Justice

    This study examined the validity, reliability, equity, and cost of nine juvenile justice risk assessment instruments.

  • Best Practices in the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women Under Correctional Custody

    These standards were developed to "articulate a set of principles to guide agencies and jurisdictions in the development of local policy and practi

  • Responding to the Needs of Women Veterans Involved in the Criminal Justice System

    "As criminal justice practitioners, we need to understand that the issues facing women veterans in the justice system may be complex as a result of

  • Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results

    This report is a great resource for those people looking for ideas on how to reduce statewide recidivism.

  • PREA Audit Instrument - Lockups

    “These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S. Department of Justice's PREA Standards for Lockups.”

  • PREA Audit Instrument - Community Confinement Facilities

    “These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S.

  • PREA Audit Instrument - Juvenile Facilities

    These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S.

  • Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

    "Law enforcement agencies will find the information contained in this document highly instructive as they seek to enhance their policies and proced

  • Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

    "The best way to help prevent a youth’s subsequent contact with the juvenile justice system is to prevent him or her from being involved with the s

  • Case Study: New York City Department of Probation’s Federal Partnership Efforts: Profile of a Successful Technical Assistance Collaboration With the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections

    "The New York City Department of Probation (DOP)-the second largest probation department in the country-is advancing a process to infuse evidence-b

  • Measuring and Using Juvenile Recidivism Data to Inform Policy, Practice, and Resource Allocation

    "To understand to what extent states currently track recidivism data for youth involved in the juvenile justice system and use that information to