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October 2007 - Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections

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    Report on Residential Treatment Programs for Troubled Youth

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that examines allegations of abuse and deaths occurring in certain residential treatment programs that range from substance abuse treatment programs, wilderness therapy programs, and boot camps, to name a few. The stated intent of such programs is to address dysfunctional addictive, behavioral, and emotional problems in troubled boys and girls. While this report did not attempt to assess the efficacy of such programs, or "verify...
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    Is Corrections Ready To Move From "Good To Great"?

    Jim Collins' best-selling book, "Good to Great," has created a buzz in the business world for several years, and with a supplement addressing social sectors, the criminal justice community is taking note. Corrections professionals may want to consider what the Police Executive Research Forum has done in their report, " 'Good to Great' Policing: Application of Business Management Principles in the Public Sector."
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    What Constitutes A "Good" Study, Part Deux

    The guidelines are posted! I previously wrote about Public Safety Canada's work in defining guidelines for evaluating research study quality, and the detailed guidelines are now online. While specifically addressing sexual offender treatment outcome research, parameters such as administrative control of independent variables, experimenter expectancies, sample size, attrition, and equivalence of groups should provide guidance to those assessing a much broader range of correctional research in...
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    A Cogent Look at Offender Assessment and Rehabilitation

    A new report from James Bonta and D.A. Andrews, Risk-Need-Responsivity Model for Offender Assessment and Rehabilitation , reviews the evolution of offender assessment instruments and rehabilitation theories. Looking at the role of the risk-need-responsivity model, the authors explain "why some interventions work and others do not."
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