Corrections

California Arrests Study

The unprecedented study answers one question: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?

Announcements

WEBINARS

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Problem-Solving Clinic on Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

This webinar discussed the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA), and provided participants the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of WRNA, best practices for implementing gender-responsive assessments with or without other assessment tools, and resources and recommendations to help address challenges to using WRNA.

Publications

Pew Charitable Trusts

Reducing Incarceration for Technical Violations in Louisiana

This report from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights findings from an evaluation of Louisiana’s Act 402, which sets a 90-day sentence limit for individuals whose probation or parole has been revoked for the first time for violating rules of their community supervision.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Most States Cut Imprisonment and Crime

According to new statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI, the majority of states reduced imprisonment rates while experiencing less crime.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Collaborative for Change Resource Package

This resource package from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change provides information on the prevalence, identification, and treatment of co-occurring disorders among youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

RECENT HEADLINES

Audit on Prison Issue Released, Recommendations Made

An audit of the Department of Correctional Services, released Monday by the Legislative Performance Audit Committee, found issues of concern with the reliability of DCS data regarding inmates, as well as the department’s use of segregation.

Bipartisan NC Justice Overhaul Keeps Good Marks

In an era of hyper-partisanship with elected officials worried about being accused as weak on crime, lawmakers got reminded of what looks like on its face a bipartisan success story on criminal justice issues.

Picking ‘Three-strikers’ to Free Poses Complex Challenge

Wallace is one of more than 1,000 prisoners from Los Angeles County who have asked a judge to reduce the length of their sentences or free them under Proposition 36, a 2012 ballot measure that softened three strikes. A request can be denied if a judge decides an inmate poses an “unreasonable risk of danger to public safety.” More than 550 inmates have already been resentenced in Los Angeles County under the initiative, but the district attorney’s office is strongly opposing the release of another 530 or so third-strikers, such as Wallace, arguing that they haven’t been rehabilitated and remain a threat.

Report Tackles Prison Issues

A recent report suggests the state of Florida can better run its correctional facilities by allowing more oversight of prisons, using data to better inform decisions and cultivating a culture of professionalism amongst correctional offices.

Gingrich: Overhaul Michigan’s Criminal Justice System

Incarceration has become the norm despite clear evidence that many nonviolent offenders can be held accountable and supervised more effectively through alternatives such as drug courts and job reporting centers.