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December 2008 - Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections

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    Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Instruments and Research on Batterer Intervention Programs

    The National Institute of Corrections has released two (2) reports that provide an overview of domestic violence risk assessment instruments and a guide to understanding research findings on batterer intervention programs. Among the issues examined in the overview are generalized third generation assessment tools vs. offense-specific instruments, how to select an assessment instrument, and the most commonly used assessment instruments in the U.S.. The second report looks at research examining the...
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    Public Safety and Reentry

    The Urban Institute , Justice Policy Center , under an award from a JEHT Foundation grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance , with assistance from the National Institute of Corrections , has published, "Putting Public Safety First: 13 Parole Supervision Strategies to Enhance Reentry Outcomes." This report is a collaborative effort of national policymakers and leading practitioners to articulate policies and strategies regarding "parole supervision, violation, and revocation practices"...
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    Lowering Prison Costs, Decreasing Some Recidivism

    The Washington State Institute for Public Policy has released an interesting new report examining the impact of Washington State's 2003 law that increased earned release time for some offenders. Increasing Earned Release From Prison: Impacts of 2003 Law on Recidivism and Criminal Justice Costs finds "that the law has been effective: criminal recidivism has not increased and taxpayer costs are lower." The report further estimates a decrease in recidivism for non-violent crimes. Calculating...
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