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March 2009 - Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections

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    CSG Justice Center Releases Guide to Manage Mentally Ill in Community Corrections

    The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center announced today the release of a policy and practice guide for managing mentally ill offenders in the community (see attached press release). The publication, Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses under Community Supervision , was developed with support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the National Institute of Corrections. The guide reviews the body of recent research on community corrections supervision...
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    New GAO Capital Program Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Available

    The " GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs " is now available as a resource for jurisdictions as they plan capital improvement projects. While not specific to criminal justice projects, it is designed to help federal, state, or local agencies develop more reliable cost estimates for capital projects of all sizes. Taken from the GAO Press Release: GAO’s new guide is intended to help agencies produce well-documented...
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    Victim Impact Curriculum

    The Office for Victims of Crime has released a new curriculum, Victim Impact: Listen and Learn , that puts "victims first" and is designed for use with both adult and juvenile populations. Additionally, it can be used with in custody and community based populations. It includes curricula on: Property Crime Assault Robbery Hate and Bias Crime Gang Crime Sexual Assault Child Abuse and Neglect Domestic Violence Drunk and Impaired Driving Homicide They have included many useful features for...
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    Pew Releases "One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections"

    The Pew Center on the States released a report that examines the growth of the corrections population in the United States and analyzes the costs of current sentencing and corrections practices. The report, One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections , provides state comparisons of corrections spending and correctional populations. (One of every 31 adults in the U.S. is under correctional supervision.) Profiles of several states are included that highlight factors driving costs, as well as...
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