Do Mental Health Courts Work?

Adult Mental Health Courts Receive Mixed Ratings Adult Mental Health Courts are specialized, treatment-oriented, problem-solving courts that divert mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into court-mandated, community-based treatment programs in order to reduce recidivism and decrease the amount of contact that mentally ill individuals have with the criminal justice system. The […]

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The Best Resource for Crime-Related Research-CrimeSolutions.Gov

Requesters repeatedly ask for the best source of criminological evaluations on a variety of crime-related issues and the answer is CrimeSolutions.Gov. Please watch the attached YouTube video for an overview, then proceed to https://www.crimesolutions.gov/ and read the “About” section before proceeding. CrimeSolutions.Gov is the best methodologically correct (well done) compilation of crime-related research with easy to read […]

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What Works in Corrections

Crime in America.Net Updated spring of 2011. Gentlereaders: Please see another 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 […]

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Employment After Prison Cuts Crime

Crime in America There are a variety of items on this site addressing the relationship between employment and crime and most criminologists will tell you that jobs are big factors in keeping people out of prison. See http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/05/12/jobs-for-offenders-works-to-reduce-crime-crime-in-america-net/. There is massive discrimination regarding people who have served time in prison. Quite frankly, the public does […]

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Juvenile Crime Prevention Programs that Save Tax Dollars

Crime in America We maintain that the best data on what works within adult and juvenile justice comes from the federal government and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. The winner as to clarity and well written research documents goes to the state of Washington. Go to http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/ and get on their mailing list […]

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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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Is criminal history related to future criminality?

Crime in America.Net Dear readers: A student asks if recidivism (an offender’s return to prison or higher sanctions)  is connected to criminal history. She is asking whether a lengthy criminal history is a predictor of future criminality. Her second question is whether programs can have an impact on individuals with an extensive criminal history. Impact […]

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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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Mental Health Courts Lower Recidivism

Gentlereaders:  The research continues the generally positive results from speciality courts focusing on an array of criminal justice issues like drugs, probation violations, prisoner reentry and mental health issues.  There is a point where the Department of Justice should take a harder look as to why so many court-related programs are claiming success. In all probability, […]

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Successful Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment

Dear readers: The study continues a long line of research stating that substance abuse treatment works to reduce recidivism. Unfortunately, it’s in the same unreadable style the academic community loves to create but it does contain a valuable overview of previous substance abuse literature. The results were modest but effective.  Crime in America.Net   The Minnesota […]

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Successful offender reentry program in San Diego

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently released its third annual report on the San Diego Prisoner Reentry Program. The key program components are based on best practices and include conducting screenings and assessments and providing case management and services to meet identified needs. The report describes the program implementation, outlines the research methodology, […]

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Attorney General Endorses Crime Control Programs: Research Cited by Crime in America.Net

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Project Safe Neighborhoods annual conference in New Orleans on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 and endorsed three crime control strategies: Law enforcement through cooperative efforts between police, community and prosecutors to reduce violent crime, and the incarceration of high-risk offenders (Project Safe Neighborhoods) Crime prevention by addressing underlying social issues […]

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Why are states abandoning drug treatment? Crime in America.Net

Newsweek offers a compelling article stating that “Treatment for drug addiction works better and costs less than imprisonment alone. So why are states abandoning it?” “Of the 2.3 million inmates in the U.S., more than half have a history of substance abuse and addiction. Not all those inmates are imprisoned on drug-related charges (although drug […]

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