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September 2007 - Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections

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    What Factors Drive Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System?

    A report funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention highlights a delinquency study from three (3) metropolitan areas that examines disproportionate minority contact and the impact it may have on decision making by police and courts. The Program of Research on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency produced this report in its ongoing mission to "improve the understanding of serious delinquency, violence, and drug use by examining how youth develop within the context...
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    What Works With Juvenile Offenders? Plus, A Major Report on Sex Offenders

    The Washington State Institute for Public Policy has done it again, this time with a newly-posted report documenting six juvenile programs identified as evidence-based. Evidence-Based Juvenile Offender Programs: Program Description, Quality Assurance, and Cost includes brief program descriptions, cost per participant, plus citations to the research leading to the evidence-based designation. Separately, a hat tip to Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy , who further credits the Sex Crimes blog...
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    Education - A Key to Lowering Incarceration Rates?

    In this report from the Justice Policy Institute, researchers summarize "recent findings on what is known about educational attainment as it relates to crime trends and public safety." Studies cited include a paper published in the American Economic Review, and the Alliance for Excellent Education's 2006 report, Saving Futures, Saving Dollars : The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings. Among findings noted is that "a 5 percent increase in male high school graduation...
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