Corrections Publications Library

Justice Center Publications

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island: Modernizing Supervision Practices

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island: Modernizing Supervision Practices

After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Rhode Island passed legislation that will modernize probation and parole policies and practices, create more opportunities for community-based treatment for people with substance addictions and mental illnesses, and expand benefits for victims of crime, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: Overview

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: Overview

This overview outlines several criminal justice challenges in New Mexico, including high crime rates and overdose death rates, a growing prison population, and an increase in the reincarceration rate, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment process.

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Reducing Recidivism and Strengthening Public Safety

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Reducing Recidivism and Strengthening Public Safety

After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Massachusetts passed legislation that focuses on incentivizing good behavior, diverting people from incarceration to treatment and programming, and strengthening community supervision, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

This fact sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center describes the best practices that correctional, community-based behavioral health, and probation and parole agencies can implement within their systems to ensure reentry for people who have opioid addictions is safe and successful.

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Lowering Recidivism by Improving Supervision, Enhancing Connections to Services, and Addressing Violent Crime

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Lowering Recidivism by Improving Supervision, Enhancing Connections to Services, and Addressing Violent Crime

After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Missouri passed legislation that will help local law enforcement combat violent crime, ensure that risk assessment results drive key decisions about people on community supervision, provide better community-based treatment and services for people on probation or parole who have behavioral health conditions, and strengthen infrastructure to support victims of crime. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.

Justice Reinvestment in Wyoming: Third Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Wyoming: Third Presentation

This presentation provides an update on analysis related to the intersection of the criminal justice and behavioral health systems in the state; an overview of criminal justice system challenges; and a summary of bill drafts in progress related to focusing community supervision resources and programming on people who have the highest risk of failing on supervision, holding people on supervision accountable, and connecting victims to services.

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Justice Reinvestment Ad Hoc Committee of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission provides an overview of data and policy options related to reducing violent crime, moving people with substance addictions and mental health needs into treatment that works, reducing recidivism and costs to taxpayers, and improving data collection.

Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment in Oregon: Overview

Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment in Oregon: Overview

This publication outlines the scope of a Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment approach in Oregon to develop a statewide policy framework to help support tribal government, county, and local systems in improving recidivism and health outcomes for the small but important group of people who repeatedly cycle through the public safety and health systems.

External Publications

Assessing the Impact of Idaho’s Parole Reforms

Assessing the Impact of Idaho’s Parole Reforms

This brief from the Urban Institute analyzes the impact of Idaho’s 2014 criminal justice reform legislation. As a result of the legislation, timely releases of people convicted of nonviolent offenses have increased, length of stays in prison have declined, and transparency in parole release decision-making has improved.

Corrections Strategic Research Plan 2018–2023

Corrections Strategic Research Plan 2018–2023

This publication outlines a five-year framework that encourages increased empirical attention to the field of corrections in order to better understand the highly interrelated areas of corrections personnel, organizational practices, and the experiences of adults and juveniles involved with the system.

Roll Call Mental Health Training Series

Roll Call Mental Health Training Series

This series of web-based mental health training videos provides officers with tools needed to readily identify the signs of mental illness in the field and to safely and effectively de-escalate these encounters.

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

The guide “offers a unique ‘for the field, by the field’ perspective” focusing on research-based best practices. It includes sections on law enforcement leadership, violent crime identification and analysis, and critical elements of strategies to fight violent crime, such as community engagement, technology, and training.

Reimagining Prison Web Report

Reimagining Prison Web Report

This report asserts a reconsideration of the function of incarceration in the United States, which stems from research conducted in a small unit for young adults in a Connecticut maximum-security facility, contrasted with prisons in Germany, where the conditions and operations of the prison system are defined by a commitment to uphold human dignity.