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    What Works/Does Not Work in Reentry

    As Federal, state, and local governments look toward reentry programming as a means to improve outcomes for prisoners returning to the community, researchers are beginning to produce results regarding the effectiveness of these efforts. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has just posted an extensive review of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' Community Orientation and Reintegration (COR) program, research done by Linda G. Smith and Denise R. Suttle of the International...
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    What Works in Reducing Recidivism and Preventing Crime?

    The literature on What Works has a major new addition. " What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs" was prepared by Roger Przybylski, RKC Group for the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, but the literature reviewed is national in scope. Its promising subtitle reads "A Compendium of Evidence-Based Options for Preventing New and Persistent Criminal Behavior."
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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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    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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    Factoring in Treatment Dropouts

    An important issue in research on the effectiveness of correctional treatment programs is the tricky influence of non-completers on research outcomes. The Correctional Service of Canada has just posted two studies addressing dropouts: Estimating Risk of Dropout and Expulsion from Correctional Programs, and The Heterogeneity of Treatment Non-Completers . Also newly posted are two program evaluations: An Examination of the Effectiveness of the Violence Prevention Program , and The "In Search of...
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    Evidence-Based Ways to Avoid Prison Construction - What Works to Save Money?

    The Washington State Institute for Public Policy, which last January gave us an extraordinary review of what works in adult correctional programs , now tackles the question of evidence-based options to reduce future need for prison beds in a new report, Evidence-Based Public Policy Options to Reduce Future Prison Construction, Criminal Justice Costs, and Crime Rates .
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