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    Ramsey County Uses Proxy Tool to Divert Low-Risk Offenders

    In early 2014, a report from the Applied Research Services, Inc was released showing the results of the Ramsey County validation study of the Proxy risk screener. The report outlines how the Proxy was successfully normed on 200 Ramsey County misdemeanor cases and validated for use in that jurisdiction to triage community corrections populations so that low-risk individuals can be placed on minimum supervision without further assessment. This effort was led by St. Paul‘s Assistant City Attorney...
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    Five States selected for Phase IV EBDM Initiative

    In early April, the National Institute of Corrections selected five states to participate in the next phase of NIC’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) in Local and State Criminal Justice Systems Initiative . The goal of EBDM Phase IV is to equip and build capacity within each of the state’s criminal justice system, by expanding the number of local EBDM teams, developing a state executive EBDM team and creating a Statewide Project Planning team. The project planning team will be represented...
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    EBDM Sites Using Risk and Needs Assessment at Sentencing

    Three National Institute of Corrections Evidence-based Decision Making sites were recently included in a series of reports on the experiences of individual jurisdictions using Risk and Need Assessment (RNA) information to inform sentencing decisions. The value of using RNA is highlighted by the National Center for State Courts, Center for Sentencing Initiatives as being one of the “practices in criminal justice decision making [that] can have a profound effect on reducing offender recidivism”...
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    Newly Released - Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Center for Effective Public Policy are pleased to announce the release of NIC’s publication, Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences , a document authored by Madeline M. Carter, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy and the Honorable Richard J. Sankovitz, Milwaukee County Circuit Court. This document can be accessed at . This publication augments the growing body of evidence...
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    NIC Launches Phase IV of EBDM Initiative

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) recently hosted a webinar to launch Phase IV of the Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Initiative . On February 11, 2014, over 70 State and County representatives from the six EBDM states, Oregon, Indiana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado, participated in the webinar. The participants were leaders from state Departments of Public Safety, Attorney General's offices, Criminal Justice Commissions, Departments of Corrections, as well as local...
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    Wisconsin Sites Leading with Evidence-Based Decision Making

    In a Marquette University blog post , Kelli Thompson, Wisconsin State Public Defender, discusses the growing trend of Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) in criminal justice and how the counties of Eau Claire and Milwaukee Wisconsin are already seeing results with their EBDM initiatives. Wisconsin is at the forefront of the trend towards the introduction of EBDM into its criminal justice systems.  Substantial efforts are underway to integrate evidence-based decision making into our local criminal...
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    EBDM Site to Receive Prestigious Award

    Mesa County’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) site has been selected by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) to receive the Rupert-Tate Game Changer Award. This award recognizes the “most outstanding criminal justice reform initiatives and change agents in Colorado”. Mesa County was selected for its “innovation and collaboration in implementing evidence-based practices in criminal cases and its focus on outcomes that have already reduced the jail population...
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    New in the Library: Evidence-Based Practice Resources

    What Is the Evidence? Evidence-based policy and practice is focused on reducing offender risk, which in turn reduces new crime and improves public safety. Of the many available approaches to corrections, a few core principles stand out as proven risk reduction strategies. Though not all of the principles are supported by the same weight of evidence, each has been proven to influence positive behavior change. This bibliography is selection of EBP citations based on questions we receive at the NIC...
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    Day Two EBDM Highlights: Implementation Readiness and Performance Measurement

    The second day of NIC’s Evidence Based Decision Making Kickoff meeting focused on preparing for implementation in Phase III and on the challenges and effort of data gathering. Melissa VanDyke, Associate Director, National Implementation Research Network, discussed the strategies for successful implementation and the implementation stages moving from exploration to sustainability. Dr. Tammy Meredith, Co-Founder, Applied Research Services, Inc., provided insights on how to gather data, setting...
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    Colorado Chief Justice Bender Welcomes EBDM Kickoff Meeting Participants

    Starting off a three-day event, the Honorable Michael L. Bender, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, welcomed participants to the Evidence Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Phase III Kickoff Meeting. He discussed the importance of using evidence-based practices, particularly evidence-based sentencing, to “solve problems” in the criminal justice system . For Colorado, Justice Bender cited examples of EBPs included in statutes on sentencing and pre-sentence...
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    EBDM Teams Move to Phase III

    Beginning February 21, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be hosting the Evidence Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Phase III Kick-off workshop in Aurora, CO. The purpose of the workshop is to provide the groundwork for the seven Evidence Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice System sites to facilitate successful implementation of their change strategies during Phase III of the Initiative. Plenary presentations will cover topics such as: expectations...
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    Evidence-Based Decision Making – An Example

    In June 2008, NIC partnered with the Center for Effective Public Policy to build a system wide framework (arrest through final disposition and discharge) that when implemented will result in more collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justice systems. This project is now in Phase III implementation and the Framework ( A Framework for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems ) is beginning to produce results. An example, from one of seven...
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    Pretrial Performance Measurement Broadcast Available Online

    In a recent edition of D.C. Public Safety —a production of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency of the District of Columbia—features NIC Correctional Program Specialist Lori Eville as she discusses pretrial performance and outcome measurement alongside Spurgeon Kennedy, Director of Research, Analysis, and Development for the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. Under discussion was the significant role of pretrial services agencies in supporting public...
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    Three Sites Selected for Evidence-Based Decision Making Program – Phase III

    Two counties in Wisconsin, Eau Claire and Milwaukee, along with Mesa County, Colorado will be proceeding to the implementation phase of NIC’s Evidence Based Decision Making Program . The purpose of this program, since initiation in June of 2008, is to equip criminal justice policymakers in local communities with the information, processes, and tools that will result in measurable reductions of pretrial misconduct and post-conviction reoffending. Selected from a pool of seven seed site candidates...
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