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    National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Update

    Greetings from the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. The Commission is concluding the process of preparing standards and a final report on the elimination of sexual abuse in correctional and detention facilities, as statutorily required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The Commission’s final report and standards will be provided to Congress, the President, the Attorney General, and selected Federal and State officials on June 23, 2009; the same day, the report and standards will be...
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    Reducing Recidivism: A Review of Effective State Initiatives

    A new report, issued by Justice Strategies and commissioned by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, will be presented today at a hearing before the Colorado legislative Judiciary Committees. While addressed to the Colorado audience, Reducing Recidivism: A Review of Effective State Initiatives discusses efforts and evaluative research in several states, with particular emphasis on Maryland's Proactive Community Supervision program.
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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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    Continued Rise in the Rate of Offenders Sentenced to Federal Prisons

    In a new report that captures how federal sentencing caseloads have changed over the last 17 years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission found the rate of offenders sentenced to federal prison time has increased while alternative sentencing (probation, probation with confinement) has declined. A partial reason for the drop in alternative sentences is that a significant number of offenders (37.4 percent) are non-citizens and mostly illegal foreign nationals. These individuals must be confined until they...
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    Safety of Women in Prisons and Jails

    A recently posted report, funded by the National Institute of Justice, extensively examines violence and safety in correctional facilities for women. Gendered Violence and Safety: A Contextual Approach to Improving Security in Women's Facilities reports on survey findings, as well as focus groups with both female inmates and staff, to examine "the context and correlates of both violence and safety in correctional facilities for women. The data support our original hypothesis that sexual...
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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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    Significant Reading on Alternatives to Incarceration

    In July, the United States Sentencing Commission hosted the National Symposium on Alternatives to Incarceration, a two day event that brought together distinguished panels of practitioners and academicians. The proceedings of the Symposium are now posted, and cover topics such as Prison Programs Resulting in Reduced Sentences, States' Implementation of Alternatives to Incarceration, and Focus on Reentry.
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    Release Planning for Successful Reentry, A Guide

    New from the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center is Release Planning for Successful Reentry : A Guide for Corrections, Service Providers, and Community Groups. The guide covers release planning's role, key components of a release plan, and opportunities and challenges of release planning. Appendixes include case studies and a state-by-state "scan of practice." Also new from the Urban Institute are two Reentry Mapping Briefs, one on the future of justice mapping, and the other...
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    Reducing Racial Disparity

    The Sentencing Project today announced publication of a new edition of Reducing Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System : A Manual for Practitioners and Policymakers. Per the Sentencing Project's announcement, "The publication provides insight into how racial disparities develop in the criminal justice system, and workable solutions to address and reduce disparities. The manual provides strategies for addressing disparities at each stage of the system, as well as 17 'best practices'...
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    Putting Public Policy on an Evidence-Based Track

    Saying that "U.S. public policy has increasingly been conceived, debated and evaluated through the lenses of politics and ideology," the Urban Institute has released an updated brief, Beyond Ideology, Politics, and Guesswork: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy. In just eight pages, the paper succinctly covers several public policy areas, including criminal justice and corrections.
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