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  • 3626

    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Oct 24 2007
  • 4348

    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."
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Oct 18 2007
  • 3758

    What Factors Drive Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System?

    A report funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention highlights a delinquency study from three (3) metropolitan areas that examines disproportionate minority contact and the impact it may have on decision making by police and courts. The Program of Research on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency produced this report in its ongoing mission to "improve the understanding of serious delinquency, violence, and drug use by examining how youth develop within the context...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Fri, Sep 21 2007
  • 4871

    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Sep 13 2007
  • 4608

    Education - A Key to Lowering Incarceration Rates?

    In this report from the Justice Policy Institute, researchers summarize "recent findings on what is known about educational attainment as it relates to crime trends and public safety." Studies cited include a paper published in the American Economic Review, and the Alliance for Excellent Education's 2006 report, Saving Futures, Saving Dollars : The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings. Among findings noted is that "a 5 percent increase in male high school graduation...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Tue, Sep 4 2007
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  • 8745

    Incarceration Rates by Race and Ethnicity

    In this report , the Sentencing Project uses data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics to chart state-by-state rates of prison and jail incarceration by race and ethnicity, drawing conclusions regarding diverse racial disparities.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Jul 18 2007
  • 6012

    The "Most Punitive States for Women"

    Drawing data from a variety of sources, primarily Federally produced, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency has created a composite review of The Nation's Most Punitive States for Women . The factsheet provides state-by-state figures for women held in state prison or local jails, women on probation and parole, juvenile girls in custody, and an aggregate of total control.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Jun 27 2007
  • 4374

    Violence Prediction - In the Institution, and After Release

    How well do risk assessment tools predict institutional violence or violent recidivism? Once again, Canada's Public Safety department takes a thoughtful look at an important question. In the newly posted report, Assessing the Utility of Risk Assessment Tools and Personality Measures in the Prediction of Violent Recidivism for Adult Offenders , authors Campbell, French, and Gendreau conduct a meta-analysis of studies examining the effectiveness of tools such as the LSI-R, VRAG, SIR, HCR-20,and...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Jun 27 2007
  • 5029

    'Culture' is Not Just Something Found in Yogurt

    In the dynamic profession of corrections, organizations must adapt to many different challenges. This necessitates defining, planning, and strategically managing an agency's mission and goals. This can not be accomplished effectively without a thorough examination and understanding of the elements that make up its organizational culture. "Organizational culture is defined as the values, assumptions, and beliefs that people in an organization hold that 'drive the way they think and behave...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Jun 7 2007
  • 4340

    Do You Have Military Personnel Transitioning Back Into the Workforce?

    After their tour(s) of duty, military personnel (soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines) are returning to their former jobs or seeking new ones. These individuals often bring leadership abilities and a commitment to teamwork that benefit the collective workplace environment. However, it is a significant transition from their previous responsibilities. Employers and co-workers can assist in facilitating the readjustment of the men and women who have answered the call to duty with a caring and conscientious...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Fri, May 18 2007
  • 7287

    In-Depth Look At Inmate Literacy

    How well can prison inmates use printed and written information to function in society? The National Center for Education Statistics today released a long-awaited report, Literacy Behind Bars : Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey. The report examines literacy from a wide variety of characteristics, including race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, age, language spoken before staring school, and parents' educational attainment. It also examines relationships...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, May 10 2007
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  • 5138

    Returning Home: How Can Reentry Be Improved?

    The Urban Institute has been examining reintegration issues in a series of in depth reports, Returning Home : Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry. A new release, One Year Out : Experiences of Prisoners Returning to Cleveland, details the challenges offenders face in real life and identifies factors associated with reintegration success and failure.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Apr 26 2007
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  • 6065

    What Works in Assessing Sex Offender Recidivism Risk

    How does professional clinical judgment stack up against actuarial measures in assessing which sexual offenders will offend again? Canada's Public Safety department takes on this question in a new meta-analysis of evaluations. Results can be read in the report, The Accuracy of Recidivism Risk Assessments for Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis .
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Mon, Feb 26 2007
  • 4868

    Do You Have the 'Right Stuff' to Lead and Manage Your Agency?

    The skills and abilities correctional leaders must possess to direct and manage the operations of their agencies/organizations are especially relevant now given the changing nature of technologies, workforce demographics, the legislative environment, and public opinion. In recognition of the need for executives and supervisors to have a clear and purposeful understanding of the tasks, responsibilities and collaborative nature of their positions, the National Institute of Corrections Academy and Special...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Fri, Feb 23 2007
  • 4468

    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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Tue, Jan 9 2007
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