States should use
innovative and evidence-based strategies to trim their
prison populations, reduce the likelihood that a released
person will return to prison and send fewer people to prison
in the first place, the
Justice Policy Institute (JPI) said in a recently
released report. According to
How to Safely Reduce Prison Populations and Support People
Returning to Their Communities,
incarceration costs significantly less than parole
supervision, and some states are using innovative methods of
supervision that are yielding positive results. As spending
more time in prison does not equate to more public safety,
releasing people early with appropriate supervision can be
an effective way of reducing prison populations.
With many states
facing budget crises, important decisions are being made
about where money will and will not be spent. JPI found that
increasing opportunities for parole and improving parole
release decisions, improving parole supervision, and
ensuring access to support and treatment services are
cost-effective means of cutting extraneous spending while
maintaining public safety. To read the report, visit
The Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention
(OJJDP) has published Conditions of Confinement: Findings
From the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement. This
bulletin presents findings from the Survey of Youth in
Residential Placement about the conditions of confinement
for youth in a range of different facilities and programs.
Results focus on the structural and operational
characteristics of these environments and indicate how youth
offenders are distributed across various programs and
facilities of different size and complexity. SYRP research
provides answers to a number of questions about the
characteristics and experiences of youth in custody,
How are youth
grouped in living units and programs?
Which youth are
are available in each facility?
How accessible are
social, emotional and legal supports?
What is the
quality of the youth-staff relationships?
clear are the facility’s rules?
clear is the facility’s commitment to justice and due
methods of control and discipline do staff use?
To read the bulletin, please
National Institute of
published a roundup of its five most popular documents,
training material and articles during the month of May.
Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive
Behavior Change Program
The Thinking for a Change (T4C) program teaches
offenders how to change their thinking patterns and
The focus of the Cognitive Interventions Program is to
change the criminal behavior of offenders by motivating
them to change themselves.
Motivating Offenders to Change: A Guide for
Probation and Parole
This publication provides probation and parole officers
and other correctional professionals with both a solid
grounding in the principles behind MI [motivational
interviewing] and a practical guide for applying these
principles in their everyday dealings with offenders.
Jail Reentry - Transition “Toolkit” Now Online
This Web-based learning resource guides local criminal
justice agencies and community-based organizations
through implementation of the TJC model, in whole or in
State and Federal Prisoners Returning to the
Community: Findings from the Bureau of Justice
Statistics address: parole/conditional release
supervision increasing slowly after decade of rapid
growth; characteristics of persons under
parole/conditional release supervision changing;
parole/conditional release violators linked to rise in
prison admissions; parole/conditional release failure
rates high; and more.
Visit the NIC Web
http://nicic.org to download these documents.
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