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Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections


  • 4102

    An Interactive Web-Based Reentry Tool

    The Council of State Governments Justice Center has unveiled "a first-of-its-kind interactive online tool for state and local government professionals working to make prison and jail reentry safer and more successful." The tool is organized by topic areas, such as physical health, substance abuse, and mental health, each divided by timeframes, and includes descriptions of information to gather and links to assessment instruments.
  • 3443

    Examining the Parole Experience

    New in the Urban Institute's Returning Home series of reports examining the challenges of prisoner reentry is a research brief focusing on the impact of parole supervision. Returning Home on Parole : Former Prisoners' Experiences in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas includes findings regarding the usefulness of parole officers in the transition process, the relationships between parole supervision and employment and substance use, the effect of supervision on reincarceration, and who benefits more...
  • 3420

    A Trio of Resources Addressing Families

    Newly posted by Ohio's Institute for Excellence in Justice are two best practice tool kits, plus proceedings from a seminar on family relationships. The tool kits are " Family Involvement During Incarceration and Reentry ," and " Incarcerated Parents and Parenting Programs ." Video and presentations are available from the Institute seminar on Coming Home from Prison: Family Matters .
  • 5058

    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...
  • 3712

    10 Steps for Corrections Directors, Plus Assessing Consistency and Fairness in Sentencing

    As a result of "hundreds of hours of interviews with a wide cross section of officials from 45 state corrections departments in an effort to spotlight the most effective management practices," the Pew Center on the States brings us Ten Steps Corrections Directors Can Take to Strengthen Performance , which "showcases innovative strategies to improve correctional systems’ performance, transparency and accountability." Also new on the Pew site is Assessing Consistency and Fairness...
  • 5425

    What Contributes to Recidivism?

    The Urban Institute has released a double whammy examining factors contributing to recidivism. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the Massachusetts Recidivism Study contains three interrelated study components addressed in two new reports. Massachusetts Recidivism Study: A Closer Look at Releases and Returns to Prison analyzes DOC administrative data and recidivism on a variety of statistical and demographic fronts. Its companion report, Reincarcerated: The...
  • 3405

    Supreme Court Rules on Lethal Injection Method

    The most common method used in lethal injection executions in the United States has been upheld by the Supreme Court . A constitutional challenge was made regarding the State of Kentucky's use of the three drugs that sedate, paralyze and, finally, kill inmates. The argument against the three-drug protocol was that if the initial drug failed to sufficiently sedate the inmate, the administration of the other two drugs could result in excruciating pain which the inmate could not express due to paralysis...
  • 3732

    Saving Money by Expanding Drug Treatment

    As states look to balance burgeoning costs with public safety needs, the Urban Institute has released a timely report on the cost-benefits of expanding the availability of drug treatment among arrestees. In To Treat or Not to Treat: Evidence on the Prospects of Expanding Treatment to Drug-Involved Offenders, the authors find that strict eligibility rules are limiting access to treatment, and they simulate several policy changes to provide guidance to policymakers on the cost-benefits of treatment...
  • 7338

    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."
  • 3702

    Examining the Incarceration Policy/Funding Bind

    The Pew Center on the States has released a new report examining how states are coping with burgeoning prison populations and whether public safety is effectively being purchased with high incarceration costs. In One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008 , Pew reviews the varying state trends in prison growth, costs associated with them, and efforts to forge new directions in controlling crime and costs.
  • 3254

    More About What Influences Reentry

    The Urban Institute has just posted a significant addition to its extensive examination of the reentry process. In Health and Prisoner Reentry : How Physical, Mental, and Substance Abuse Conditions Shape the Process of Reintegration, authors Kamala Mallik-Kane and Christy A. Visher examine the experiences of a representative sample of 1,100 inmates returning from state prisons in Ohio and Texas. The report documents the pervasiveness of health problems among returning prisoners and the effect of...
  • 3525

    What's Being Done to Help Women, in a Nutshell

    Addressing Women's Incarceration: A National Survey of State Commissions and Task Forces on Women in the Criminal Justice System is a new, concise resource from the Women's Prison Association. Per the WPA, "[p]roviding links to authorizing legislation, final reports, as well as other information generated by these bodies, this resource is meant to serve as a tool for decision-makers and concerned community members." In such an important and active area, it is helpful to see such...
  • 4265

    What Are the Most Dangerous Everyday Objects in Your Facility?

    Correctional officers in prisons and jails face an environment in which they are surrounded by potentially dangerous inmates with access to ordinary items that can be converted into weapons. In a new NIJ-funded report, Improving Correctional Officer Safety : Reducing Inmate Weapons, a panel of practitioners from the correctional community, along with researchers from Johns Hopkins University, looks at which everyday objects pose the greatest threat to correctional officers in the real world environment...
  • 3924

    Does Faith Play a Role in Reducing Criminality?

    What, if any, is the impact of religion in promoting pro-social behaviors? This is the question Baylor University, Institute for Studies of Religion sought to answer by using standards of scholarship to examine issues of faith. Their studies indicate that religious commitment, particularly among youth, promotes self-control and enhances protective factors regarding drug use, academic performance and in altering the behaviors of high-risk youth.
  • 3719

    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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