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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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, May 28 2008
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    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...
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    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, May 1 2008
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    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Apr 16 2008
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    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Apr 9 2008
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    NIC Receives E-Learning Award

    The National Institute of Corrections received first place honors for its web-based program Evidence-Based Practices for Supervisors . The award, received March 18, 2008 at the annual Learn.com client services conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was for Best Course Design using CourseMaker Studio. In announcing the winner, Don Cook (Learn.com's Vice President of Marketing) indicated that "hands down" and "by far" NIC's course surpassed other entries in this category...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Anonymous on Tue, Mar 25 2008
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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."
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Mon, Mar 10 2008
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    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.
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    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Feb 27 2008
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    What is the National Institute of Corrections?

    Introduction The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is the only federal agency with a legislative mandate ( Public Law 93-41 5 ) to provide specialized services to corrections from a national perspective. NIC is recognized by other federal agencies for its unique role and quality services. Its leadership is evidenced by the numerous partnerships and interagency agreements targeted to provide correctional services and training. NIC is unique because it provides direct service rather than financial...
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    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Nov 28 2007
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    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Nov 14 2007
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    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.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Nov 7 2007
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    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Fri, Oct 26 2007
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    Is Corrections Ready To Move From "Good To Great"?

    Jim Collins' best-selling book, "Good to Great," has created a buzz in the business world for several years, and with a supplement addressing social sectors, the criminal justice community is taking note. Corrections professionals may want to consider what the Police Executive Research Forum has done in their report, " 'Good to Great' Policing: Application of Business Management Principles in the Public Sector."
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Oct 24 2007
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