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.

Reentry Essentials: The Role of Corrections in Reentry

August 20, 2018

The primary function of correctional supervision was once seen as control and custody; however, corrections agencies have increasingly come to recognize that focusing on rehabilitation and planning for reentry are fundamental to their missions to increase public safety.

Iowa’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

June 28, 2018

Following four principles of corrections system improvement—organizational development, use of risk and needs assessments, quality improvement, and data collection and management—states like Iowa participate in SRR in an effort to reduce the likelihood of recidivism for every person under correctional supervision.

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.

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

Strengthening Correctional Culture: Eight Ways Corrections Leaders Can Support Their Staff to Reduce Recidivism

This brief highlights eight ways corrections leaders can set their staff up for success in implementing approaches that have been shown to reduce recidivism, including examples of how grantees of the Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Program have applied these strategies in practice.

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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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