Changing Systems, Changing Behavior

Five Ways Corrections Agencies Can Work to Reduce Recidivism

Changing Systems, Changing Behavior: Five Ways Corrections Agencies Can Work to Reduce Recidivism

This brief highlights five emerging strategies that state corrections agencies have employed to implement an evidence-based approach to reducing recidivism. The state agencies featured in this publication are recipients of the Statewide Recidivism Reduction grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Together these states are demonstrating that meaningful recidivism reduction is possible, but it takes strong collaboration, committed leadership and staff, and data-driven decision-making. Photo: Matthew Ansley via Unsplash

Andrea Lee, Emily Morgan, and Darby Baham | April 2020 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center


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Emily Morgan
Director of Content Development, Communications and External Affairs
Emily Morgan provides strategic guidance and oversight for the conceptualization and production of the organization’s content, including publications, media relations materials, and web content. Previously, she directed a portfolio of special projects for the CSG Justice Center to support state
and local officials in advancing school discipline reforms and improving outcomes for youth and young adults in the justice system. Emily has more than 15 years of experience in justice, education, and youth development policy and practice, having authored a number of publications on these subjects. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she served as national policy analyst for Every Hour Counts, a coalition of citywide afterschool organizations, where she conducted federal advocacy and managed national grant initiatives to increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. She also served as a program officer at the Institute of International Education. A former elementary school teacher, Emily received a BS in education from Vanderbilt University and an EdM in education policy from Columbia University.
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    Darby Baham
    Senior Managing Editor, Communications and External Affairs
    Darby Baham manages editorial priorities for the CSG Justice Center and serves as lead editor for some of the organization’s most complex projects under health policy, housing, mental health, law enforcement, substance use, and corrections/reentry. She also helps develop short-
    and long-range editorial strategies to ensure the CSG Justice Center’s content effectively promotes the organization’s work and communicates complicated criminal justice policy issues in a clear and compelling way. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Darby was a public affairs specialist with the D.C. Department of Corrections, where she oversaw media relations and served as the publications manager, social media manager, photographer, designer, and internal communications coordinator for the agency. She also previously worked as a writer/editor for the D.C. Department of Transportation and as a freelance writer for various magazines. Darby earned a BA in journalism from Howard University and an MA in American government from Georgetown University.
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