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Research, Community Supervision Agency Partnership Is Central to Grant Program

As an FY2012 Smart Supervision Program grantee, the Court Support Services Division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch joined with researchers from Central Connecticut State University to develop a series of scripts that probation officers can use during routine visits with adults under 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

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

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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