The National Institute of Corrections congratulates the Connecticut Department of Corrections on being awarded the Norval Morris Program on Corrections Innovation in 2018.
Through the Norval Morris Program on Corrections Innovation (NMPCI), the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) solicited nominations of important innovations in correctional practices or policies from state, federal, and local corrections agencies. With evaluation criteria of innovation/novelty, evidence of effectiveness, program impact, and potential for transferability, the NMPCI garnered a number of impressive applications from throughout the field of corrections.
This year’s awardee, the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) launched the T.R.U.E Community program, creating a new housing unit for young adults. In this unit, men with life sentences were trained to work with the young adult population through purposeful activities to encourage the youth to change their behavior and life choices. The program and activities focus on accountability, restoration, and healing.
Innovation spurs experimentation and progress. When coupled with rigorous data collection and evaluation, innovation can be a pivotal step in increasing the body of knowledge of “what works.” By identifying, assessing, and celebrating innovations and promising practices in corrections, NIC can help build and sustain a national process of discovery, innovation, and improvement that touches corrections agencies across the country. NIC is constantly looking for new and effective ways to solve the persistent challenges that face corrections agencies; identifying and celebrating innovative programs like the T.R.U.E. Community of the Connecticut DOC are key to building the body of evidence that we need to guide, inform, and strengthen corrections agencies across the country.
The National Institute of Corrections congratulates the Connecticut Department of Corrections for their initiative and commitment to innovation.
"Sharing health information across correctional boundaries presents many challenges. Three such projects in Connecticut may be of value in informing other jurisdictions of similar opportunities. This article describes the development and implementation of an interagency release of information (ROI) document and process, a voucher program to provide discharge medications at the time of release, and a statewide research-oriented health information network" (p. 1). Sections of this article include: introduction; interagency release of information (ROI) document and process; the Medicaid prescription voucher program; Connecticut Health Information Network (CHIN)—distributed system, security, record linkage, and governance; and conclusion.
“Perhaps more than any other state, Connecticut has absorbed the growing body of knowledge about youth development, adolescent brain research and delinquency, adopted its lessons, and used the information to fundamentally re-invent its approach to juvenile justice. As a result, Connecticut’s system today is far and away more successful, more humane, and more cost-effective than it was 10 or 20 years ago. This report will describe, dissect, and draw lessons from Connecticut’s striking success in juvenile justice reform for other states and communities seeking similar progress” (p. 1). Sections of this report include: introduction—seizing the opportunity; seven major accomplishments made in Connecticut’s juvenile justice reform; timeline of change—transformation over two decades—a deeply flawed system (1992), growing attention but few solutions (2002), and a transformed system (2012); Connecticut’s array of evidence-based family interventions; keys to success—state of change, Connecticut’s chemistry for reform; and lessons learned—strategies that could help boost success in other jurisdictions.
This is an excellent article that explains how the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in a correctional setting can positively impact the viral suppression of incarcerated individuals with HIV. "Though just one-third of HIV-infected prisoners receiving ART entered correctional facilities with viral suppression, HIV treatment was optimized during incarceration, resulting in the majority achieving viral suppression by release. Treatment for HIV within prison is facilitated by a highly structured environment and, when combined with simple well-tolerated ART regimens, can result in viral suppression during incarceration. In the absence of important and effective community-based resources, incarceration can be an opportunity of last resort to initiate continuous ART for individual health and, following the “treatment as prevention” paradigm, potentially reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission to others after release if continuity of HIV care is sustained."