24 Million Americans Are Current Drug Users

This report presents the first information from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Illicit Drug Use In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users, meaning they had used […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime-Update-Two New Programs Offered

Crime in America.Net Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin Updated late December, 2010. Gentlereaders: Please see another update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of […]

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Should we send offenders back to prison for technical violations?

Our little secret; Governors don’t want them back. Your opinions wanted. Crime in America.Net You can tell when it’s time for term papers in college; we get lots of questions from students. This one is the value of technical violations for crime control during community supervision. To answer the question we will use the report summarizing  the Harlem […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime-Update-Report on 99 Recidivism Studies

Crime in America.Net Updated winter of 2010. Two new programs added regarding jobs for offenders (great data as to what works) and properly classifying high risk offenders and adding programs. Shows long range reductions in recidivism. Gentlereaders: Please see another update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime: Crime in America.Net

Gentlereaders: Please see an update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of evidence-based corrections programs. This article summarizes data as to the effectiveness of correctional programs regarding reductions in recidivism (returns to the criminal justice system via arrest, prosecution or incarceration). Note that most states define recidivism […]

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Reentry Court Reduced Reconvictions But Returned More to Prison: Crime in America.Net

The Center for Court Innovation has released an outcome evaluation of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court. The goal of the Reentry Court, established in 2001, is to stabilize returning parolees in the first six months following their release from prison by providing intensive judicial oversight, supervision, and services. These services are designed to help parolees […]

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What Works in Corrections-Crime in America.Net

Updated August, 2010. This article summarizes data as to the effectiveness of correctional programs regarding reductions in recidivism (returns to the criminal justice system via arrest, prosecution or incarceration). Note that most states define recidivism as a return to incarceration. The research focuses on programs giving offenders skills they need to become productive citizens. For […]

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How to Find the Best Substance Abuse Programs-Crime in America.Net

People need to find the most effective substance abuse interventions. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is one of a few (very few) federal agencies providing a detailed approach to operations. Other agencies claim adherence to an evidence-based approach but SAMHSA actually does it. They provide a searchable database of proven programs that fit specific needs. For example, if […]

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Do Drug Courts Work? Crime News-Crime in America.Net

Crime in America.Net We posted an article on a 20 year study of a successful offender-based treatment program addressing an effort to teach criminal offenders to change their thinking patterns (Cognitive Based Therapy) as to how they dealt with life’s issues (i.e., you don’t use violence to solve everyday problems). We received reader inquiries as to additional […]

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Why are violent crime rates falling? Crime in America.Net

Gentlereaders: This is the title of an editorial in the Washington Post on Saturday, January 2, 2010. And as you can see from the national statistics on the bottom half of this article, crime is indeed down and down considerably. There are two thoughts that come to our minds when discussing the decline in crime. […]

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Drug Addiction:Only Two of Twenty-five Million Drug Addicts Getting Treatment

Gentlereaders: The new officials at the Office of National Drug Control Policy state that only two of twenty-five million addicts receive drug treatment (this site offered similar research several weeks ago). The article correctly points out two things: that we need to prove the worthiness of programs and that there is a lot of competition […]

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Expanding Drug Treatment: Is US Ready to Step Up?

 Full article in the New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/11/09/business/AP-US-Drug-War-The-Treatment-Challenge.html?_r=1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 9, 2009 Filed at 9:03 a.m. ET NEW YORK (AP) — Based on the rhetoric, America’s war on drugs seems poised to shift into a more enlightened phase where treatment of addicts gains favor over imprisonment of low-level offenders. Questions […]

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Swift and Certain: Hawaii’s Probation Experiment

Governing Magazine A maverick judge stresses mild but immediate punishment. By John Buntin | November 2009 More Like This Talk Show Helps Deadbeat Dads The Bench and the Ballot Box Robe Warriors The Corruption Puzzle Uneven Stimulus Steven Alm was no courtroom novice when he started handling felony cases as a circuit judge in Hawaii. […]

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Offender Substance Abuse; Findings from Two Studies

  The descriptions below are available through http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/evaluation/e-news/oct09.pdf   First study: Hall, Prendergast, Roll, and Warda evaluated a 26-week intervention for substance abusing offenders referred to outpatient treatment. The purpose of the study was to determine the effectiveness of the use of vouchers for goods and services for participants of a court-ordered treatment program for […]

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Mental Health Courts Show Promise in Reducing Criminal Behavior

Dear Colleagues: The section of this report on recidivism indicates that mental health courts reduce future criminality. While the evidence is preliminary, it plus data on drug courts suggests that the judiciary has a role to play in crime control.  Crime in America.Net Martha Plotkin: (240) 482-8579, mplotkin@csg.org Elizabeth Dodd: (646)383-5749, edodd@csg.org September 24, 2009 […]

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