Correctional Supervision: Prisons and Jails


‘We’re Human': A Corrections Officer’s Struggle with the Stress of the Job

Trevor VanPatten often thinks about how one small hitch in his daily routine could have changed the rest of his life. If he had caught just one more red light on his way home that summer evening in 2003, or if he fumbled to get his key in the front door, his father would’ve had time to pull the trigger and end his own life.

Second Chance Act Grantee Receives National Criminal Justice Association Award

The Minnesota Department of Corrections was one of five organizations in the country to receive the 2017 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award from the National Criminal Justice Association for its High-Risk Revocation Reduction program.

With Help from Partners, Iowa Department of Corrections Tackles Statewide Recidivism

Twenty-eight percent of the people released from prison in the State of Iowa in 2010 were back behind bars by 2013, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections’ (IDOC) Iowa Recidivism Report. But, with a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice, the IDOC is leading efforts to drop the state’s recidivism rate by eight percentage points in five years.

SCA Grantee Discovers New Way of Policing by Asking Women Involved with the Justice System ‘What If?’

“The phrase ‘law enforcement’ pigeonholes the enforcement, but policing is about being a public servant and actually has to do with way more than just putting handcuffs on people,” said Seattle Police Department Detective Kim Bogucki.

NRRC Projects

Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction Program

The grant program provides funding to help executive-branch policymakers and state corrections departments plan and implement systemwide reforms aimed at reducing recidivism.

Second Chance Act Innovations in Reentry Initiative

This grant program provides funding for state and local government agencies and federally recognized tribal governments to plan and implement effective reentry strategies that reduce recidivism and increase public safety.

Face to Face Initiative

This initiative challenges elected officials to participate in a public activity through which they can interact with others who formerly or currently have firsthand experience with the criminal justice system.

Key Resources

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse Focus Area: Supervision and Sanctions

Broadly speaking, community supervision holds great promise both as an alternative to incarceration as well as a means of reintegrating people as they transition back to the community. As a result, significant attention has been paid to evaluating its effectiveness in the Supervision and Sanctions section of the clearinghouse.

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What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse Focus Area: Case Management and Comprehensive Programs

This section of the clearinghouse provides an overview and examination of key evaluative research of comprehensive and case management programs. These programs provide or link participants to a broad array of services including educational development, employment preparation and skills, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and housing assistance.

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Recidivism Reduction Checklists

The recidivism reduction checklists are a user-friendly, source of information on the many policies and practices that go into a comprehensive, effective reentry initiative. There are three checklists, each tailored to a specific audience: executive and legislative policymakers, state corrections administrators, and state reentry coordinators.

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