Agencies using or looking into utilizing home detention will find this report interesting. This report presents the findings of home detention’s impact on offender flight, violations of probation, commission of new crimes, personal relationships, families, employment, and community reintegration. Sections following an abstract and executive summary include: introduction; review of the literature; electronic monitoring in Florida; a quantitative assessment; a qualitative assessment; and policy implications and discussion. Home detention reduces recidivism of offenders by 31%.
Since jail crowding is often called the most pressing problem facing criminal justice systems in the U.S., this 3-hour videoconference aims to help jurisdictions develop effective strategies and techniques for managing jail population levels. Issues discussed include:
- The systemic problem of crowding and the need for effective system-wide policy
- Decision points in the system that help control crowding
- Data collection and analysis
- Long and short term strategies to reduce jail population levels
- Identifying and developing systemic strategies to handle special populations
- And learning how to develop a vision for the future and identifying resources.
This guide is currently being to revised through a cooperative with National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA).
The development, implementation, and operation of a local criminal justice coordinating committee (CJCC) are described. In particular, this guide provides a look at how a CJCC can alleviate jail crowding and accomplish other system improvements. The following sections comprise this guide: executive summary; introduction; a framework for justice planning and coordination; coordinating mechanisms -- a developmental view; and guiding principles for CJCCs. Appendixes provide: a checklist for forming a CJCC; contact information for jurisdictions mentioned; other CJCC resources; a sample charge; and sample bylaws.
“This guide helps readers better understand the variables applied in jail capacity forecasting, provides more detail about the development of the jail snapshot (a jail assessment) and case-processing study (an analysis of adjudication decisions and timelines), and offers a framework for assessing key population management strategies across the system” (p. viii). Seven chapters comprise this publication: getting started; system assessment—jail population management strategies; the jail snapshot; case-processing study; jail capacity planning overview; the jai l capacity forecast—a county example; and planning for one empty bed.
Steps involved in developing an understanding of jail population dynamics and factors behind jail crowding are delineated. Sections of this report include: executive summary; how can factors behind jail crowding be identified?; key questions to ask in order to understand jail population dynamics; trends that are driving jail population growth; how to forecast future needs; benefits and elements of an effective analytic process; and elements of the analytic process. Appendixes include: "Preventing Jail Crowding: A Practical Guide" by Robert C. Cushman; jail survey form; data sources; proposed work plan for criminal justice analysts; and items to be included in the agency database.
An explanation on how to use the jail population analysis formula is offered. This paper looks at: the sources of jail crowding; the dynamics that create changes in jail occupancy levels; swings in jail occupancy levels; a jail population analysis system; reducing the inmate population in a crowded jail; policy choices; and the key to preventing crowding.