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 residency restrictions on sex offender residences and behavior is small, and there is evidence that the restrictions may further complicate the reentry process. As such, it is important to consider refining existing proposals to enact residency restrictions and modify current policies” (p. 72).
Anyone looking to develop an effective caseflow management plan should read this guide. It explains how to create and improve caseflow management systems. Chapters comprising this publication are: introduction to caseflow management; reasons for managing caseflow; identifying a caseflow management problem; developing a caseflow management plan—components and fundamental elements; case management and information systems—minimum standards, staff responsibilities and types of reports; implementing a caseflow management plan—changing the legal culture, reasons for resistance to caseflow management, how to effectively produce change, long-term and short-term plans, convening a team, and disseminating information; alternative dispute resolution and caseflow; and reporting requirements. Appended is an example of a model caseflow management plan.
"This article examines five key attributes of partnership and collaboration deemed essential as the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) developed the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI)" (p. 19). These elements are systems thinking, fostering unified commitment, organizing and structuring partnerships, catalyzing change, and mutual capacity building.
The use of the Step Forward program offered by the Oakland County Community Corrections Division (OCCCD) is explained. This article covers: programmatic approach -- intake assessments, case planning, services and interventions, case management, and sanctions and incentives; burning questions such as justifying the use of Step Forward by pretrial defendants and determining where to draw the line for pretrial failure; success rates compared; and next steps. Step Forward has a 93% success rate for returning defendants to the court.