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Reentry Programs and the Researchers Who Evaluate Them: What It Takes to Build an Effective Partnership

September 17, 2018

CSG Justice Center staff spoke with four Second Chance Act Innovations in Reentry Initiative grantees about their experiences fostering effective partnerships between criminal justice practitioners and the researchers evaluating their programs. These programs span the country and the justice system, serving clients within courts, prisons, jails, and in the community.

Vermont’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

October 16, 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 Vermont participate in SRR in an effort to reduce the likelihood of recidivism for every person under correctional supervision.

Applying Data to Decision-Making: Dr. Patrick Hynes

Dr. Hynes has managed and overseen a number of grant programs related to recidivism reduction (including two Second Chance Act (SCA) grants) that were funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institutes of Health. He recently visited the CSG Justice Center to speak to new SCA grantees about smart approaches to managing their grants.

Data Sharing Makes for Successful Youth Reentry

Every year, the Juvenile Justice Center Wraparound Program in Oakland, California, provides individualized services to more than 350 youth leaving detention, helping them return to school and break the cycle of violence and incarceration in their lives.

Key Resources

Measuring Juvenile Recidivism

Measuring Juvenile Recidivism

This issue brief highlights key findings from a survey that asked juvenile correctional agencies in all 50 states the extent to which they track recidivism data for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The brief also offers five recommendations for improving the measurement, analysis, collection, reporting, and use of this data.

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Process Measures at the Interface Between Justice and Behavioral Health Systems: Advancing Practice and Outcomes

Process Measures at the Interface Between Justice and Behavioral Health Systems: Advancing Practice and Outcomes

Between 2011 and 2013, the CSG Justice Center worked with NIATx—a learning collaborative that is part of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—to bring its process improvement model to the correctional system. Based on lessons learned from that experience, it became clear that there was a gap when it came to tracking progress in substance use disorder treatment across the criminal justice and behavioral health systems. In response, the CSG Justice Center developed guiding principles and process measures that can help guide cross-systems delivery of service.

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