The survey findings reveal variability regarding the extent to which respondents’ beliefs about various sex offender-related matters align with current research.
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This report is designed to provide foundational knowledge and a working framework of risk assessment instruments for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
In “Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results,” the National Reentry Resource Center highlights eight states that have achieved reductions in statewide recidivism in recent years
This one-pager provides a short introduction to the NRRC’s work.
Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the guidelines promote the criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches for identifying individuals in need of services, determining what services those individuals need, and addressing these needs during transition from incarceration to community-based treatment and supervision.
The appropriate use of federal Medicaid dollars to help expand health care coverage for individuals involved with the criminal justice system presents an opportunity to achieve reductions in state and local spending, while minimizing known health and public safety concerns associated with reentry following incarceration.
The program snapshots in this publication illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to successful reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.
The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper was written to address the challenges that service providers cannot successfully serve every adult on probation or leaving prison or jail who needs a job.
The CSG Justice Center’s Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.
This report is an unprecedented study that answers one question that to date has been a matter of speculation among law enforcement and corrections officials everywhere: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?
Modeled after drug courts, Driving While Impaired (DWI) courts are effective with reducing general and DWI recidivism by an average of more than 12 percent, according to report by the National Center for DWI Courts.
Informed by research and experience working in corrections, the authors argue that unwinding mass incarceration requires more than stopping current practices or reversing course by mass commutations and early release programs—it requires a new infrastructure of coordinated community-based facilities and services.
This annual BJS report presents final counts of people under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities on December 31, 2014.
While the prevalence of behavioral health disorders decreases over time among youth after their release from juvenile detention, a substantial proportion of this population continue to have disorders, according to a bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
This study from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design looked at the apparent and hidden costs of incarceration for families, including fees and fines, the impact on mental and physical health, and challenges in maintaining relationships.
This brief from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provides tools, tips, strategies, and best practices for jurisdictions interested in implementing mentoring programs and those who have current mentoring programs within their juvenile treatment drug court.
Cutting drug admissions in half will reduce the prison by 7 percent—or 33,000—by the end of 2021, according to a new tool developed by researchers at the Urban Institute.
This brief from Jobs for the Future highlights strategies for expanding education and employment pathways, and offers specific policy and program priorities to help improve transition home upon release.
Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.
More lengthy and costly federal sentencing laws enacted in 1980s and 1990s for drug offenses have not yielded their intended public safety outcomes. This brief from the Pew Charitable Trusts presents facts and figures showing that while these sentences have absorbed large costs, illicit drug use and recidivism rates have not decreased.