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New book by ACJRca member, Lois Davis, RAND Corp.

What Corrections Officials Need to Know to Partner with Colleges to Implement College Programs in Prisons

Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest at the federal and state levels in expanding higher education in prisons, particularly expansions that offer a path to degrees or industry-recognized credentials. This tool aims to provide guidance on key questions about in-prison college programs and help corrections officials in assessing such opportunities and partnering with colleges to implement an in-prison college program.

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From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Jail Costs Strain Local Budgets Even as Crime Falls

As many cities, counties, and states face significant budget pressures as a result of the pandemic, spending on jails is receiving increased attention. The cost of these facilities has grown 13% over the last decade, despite falling crime and fewer people being admitted to jail. Spending on jails far outpaces many other vital services, such as fire protection, housing and community development, and libraries. About 1 in 17 county dollars nationwide is targeted for incarceration costs, with jails among the top six cost-drivers for the average county.


Utah’s 2017 Juvenile Justice Reform Shows Early Promise

On March 24, 2017, Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed H.B. 239, a comprehensive set of research-based reforms designed to improve the state’s juvenile justice system. The bill is intended to keep youth who can be safely supervised in the community out of costly residential placements, expand community-based programs, standardize practices to reduce outcome disparities across racial and geographic lines, and divert youth charged with less serious offenses from formal court proceedings.  By 2022, H.B. 239 is projected to reduce the number of juveniles in out-of-home placements by approximately 47 percent, freeing up $70 million for reinvestment in evidence-based services in the community.


How Congress and the Administration Can Improve Public Safety and Save Taxpayers Money

A data-driven approach to criminal justice reform, one that replaces expensive, poorly performing criminal and juvenile justice policies and practices with those that work to improve public safety, shrink the size of the corrections system, and save taxpayers money, has yielded bipartisan support and proven results at the state level. For nearly a decade Congress has supported this work by appropriating federal dollars to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a Department of Justice (DOJ) effort that provides states with tools to understand their correctional systems and develop policies to safely reduce populations and costs. Pew has partnered with the DOJ on the initiative since day one to help usher in a new wave of data-driven reforms.




From Claremont Graduate University

Defy Ventures and the Drucker School of Management announce a new partnership to provide current and formerly incarcerated students with a certificate in entrepreneurship to help them successfully transition back into their communities.

High prison recidivism rates in the state and nationwide are exacerbated by a lack of job skills and educational training. Without training, many formerly incarcerated people struggle to find employment in their communities and often return to the criminal justice system. The Defy-Drucker partnership builds on Defy’s previous efforts to address this challenge and Drucker’s long-standing humanistic approach to management education.

“This partnership will open the door to future collaboration that will make Defy’s curriculum even more impactful for the currently and formerly incarcerated people in our program,” said Andrew Glazier, Defy’s President and CEO. “We are excited to be working with the Drucker community.”

For several years, Defy Ventures has offered a curriculum in business skills to train incarcerated people nationwide and show them how to start a business and improve their employment outlook. This training has been designed to provide a pathway to economic independence, and Defy has a track record of successful outcomes for graduates of their program.

That includes a recidivism rate under eight percent for program participants and the launch of 140 businesses since 2012. Defy Ventures also recently received a federal grant to expand its entrepreneurship programs.

Now, in collaboration with the Drucker School of Management, Defy will be leveraging the deep experience of the Drucker community to enhance the entrepreneurship curriculum and programming.


From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

It’s Time to Commit to Tackling Rising Jail Costs

The Justice Department also found that the number of people in jail for misdemeanors dipped 45%. Sustaining this drop could help curb rising jail costs.

How One State is Improving Its Probation Services

Alternatives to incarceration—when driven by evidence—have the potential to promote cost savings and equity. Massachusetts shows how to make it happen.

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From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Jail Costs Rise as Crime, Jail Admissions Fall

Despite a notable dip in crime and jail admissions from 2007 to 2017, jail populations barely budged—and jail costs grew. What’s more, our analysis shows no relationship between a state’s jail spending and its crime rate.

Dallas Program Helps People into Treatment, Not Jail

Police too often default to jailing people in mental health crises. To help turn the tide, a Dallas program employs clinicians at 911 call centers and pairs officers with paramedics and social workers on the streets.

Americans Support Limits on Pretrial Detention

Cutting down on pretrial detention has bipartisan support, our 2018 survey found. It was also popular among households with members of law enforcement.

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From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Juvenile Justice Reform Effort Kicks Off in PA

A bipartisan task force to reform Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system convened for the first time earlier this month. Over the next year, the group will meet monthly to examine how to improve youth outcomes.

Louisiana Reform Savings Go to Essential Programs

Two years after enacting landmark criminal justice reforms, tens of millions in savings are being reinvested in victims’ services and efforts to reduce recidivism. Louisiana’s criminal justice reforms helped reduce the prison population by 9 percent and the community-supervised population by 12 percent. Now, the Ford Foundation tells the story of the people who made it happen


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