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?

Recent Posts

Hawaii Raises Felony Theft Threshold

Hawaii Raises Felony Theft Threshold

Earlier this month, Hawaii enacted Senate Bill 2964, which—among other measures—changed the penal code to raise the felony theft threshold for the first time since 1986, from $300 to $750.

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

If your agency is using a risk and needs assessment, you should take action to identify how the tool is performing and develop a plan to remediate any issues (e.g., scoring inconsistencies or low predictive accuracy) you may discover.

Revamping Programs through Justice Reinvestment

Revamping Programs through Justice Reinvestment

States across the country have reduced corrections spending by using a data-driven justice reinvestment approach and are investing savings in programs to reduce crime and recidivism. However, just as most people wouldn’t buy a house without first inspecting it to see if it needs extensive repairs and is worth purchasing, policymakers shouldn’t fund programs without periodically evaluating whether they’re in need of renovating and are worth investing in.

A Message from The CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee Chair and Vice-Chair

A Message from The CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee Chair and Vice-Chair

The tragedies of the past week weigh heavily on us. As public safety officials in our respective states, we were outraged to see the very people working to protect the public murdered because of the uniform they wear. We also feel deeply for residents of communities who, because of the color of their skin, fear the people who have sworn an oath to protect them.

Risk and Needs Assessment and Race in the Criminal Justice System

Risk and Needs Assessment and Race in the Criminal Justice System

A recent ProPublica story on risk and needs assessment asked some important questions about a particular risk and needs assessment tool and the broader implications of its use. As the national discussion continues about the use and value of risk and needs assessment, the CSG Justice Center offers comments on risk and needs assessment as it relates to racial disparity and bias in the criminal justice system.

Announcements

#SchoolsNotPrisons Tour Travels California

#SchoolsNotPrisons Tour Travels California

Throughout California this summer and fall, the #SchoolsNotPrisons tour is combining arts and community engagement to raise awareness around criminal justice, school discipline reform, and public safety issues.

WEBINARS

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

This webinar examines secondary trauma and compassion fatigue as experienced by corrections professionals. It brings together the latest research on the physiological impact of trauma exposure with simple, realistic techniques that can mitigate the negative effects, improve personal well being, and enhance professional longevity.

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

This webinar shares emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards.

Publications

Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success

Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success

The Urban Institute released a report in November 2014 that summarized interim findings related to those justice reinvestment efforts. “Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success” is the continuation of that report and summarizes policies that have been implemented, outcomes of those policies, and keys to effective reform.

Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Incarceration Issues Committee focuses on policy options designed to support victims of crime, to avert growth in the prison population and corrections costs, and to reduce recidivism by strengthening community supervision.

National Survey of Prison Health Care: Selected Findings

National Survey of Prison Health Care: Selected Findings

This report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics presents selected findings on the provision of health care services in U.S. state prisons based on a survey of state departments of corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Justice Reinvestment in Arkansas: Sixth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Arkansas: Sixth Presentation

This presentation focuses on three areas: the parole decision-making process and preparation for release through programming and treatment; recent trends in Arkansas’s jail populations and the challenges faced by sheriffs and jail administrators; and the current landscape of behavioral health treatment and services in Arkansas.

RECENT HEADLINES

Justice Department Says It Will End Use of Private Prisons

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing—and ultimately ending—our use of privately operated prisons.”

There Are More Women in U.S. Jails Than Ever Before

Since 1970, the female jail population has increased 14 times, surging from under 8,000 to nearly 110,000, according to a report released Wednesday from the Vera Institute of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.

Women in Jail Are Fastest Growing Segment of America’s Incarcerated Population

While jails have been rightly recognized as a driver of mass incarceration, Swavola said, women are often left out of the national conversation because they comprise only a small percentage of the incarcerated population as a whole. But women’s pathways to incarceration are different than their male counterparts, she explained, and deserve to be investigated closely.