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NCJ Number: 251357 Find in a Library
Title: Envisioning an Alternative Future for the Corrections Sector Within the U.S. Criminal Justice System
Author(s): Joe Russo; George B. B. Drake; John S. Shaffer; Brian A. Jackson
Corporate Author: RAND
United States of America
Date Published: November 2017
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Arlington, VA 22202-5050
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-MU-CX-K003
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the key findings of the Visioning a Future for the Corrections Sector panel, which was supported by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in an endeavor to frame goals, objectives, and outcomes for the criminal justice corrections sector in the future, along with potential facilitators for achieving them.
Abstract: The vision presented for the corrections sector is informed by the views and ideas elicited through a visioning exercise with experts in the corrections sector. The panelists agreed that the sector’s primary role is to facilitate positive offender behavioral change and that it should continue to leverage science, technology, and evidence-based practices in achieving this primary goal. In this effort, probation, parole, and community-based resources should be significantly expanded and adequately funded. Panelists highlighted the following promising solutions: 1) the use of proportionate prison sentences for dangerous offenders; 2) the provision of better opportunities for inmates to prepare for release; and 3) the creation of smaller, safer facilities located closer to inmates’ social support and resources critical to reentry success. Panelists suggested three types of changes: 1) new programs and improved education and training for corrections staff; 2) adequate public funding of the corrections system; and 3) culture change combined with sustained political will and backed by data-driven policy. 7 figures and approximately 100 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Alternatives to Incarceration; Community-based corrections (adult); Community-based corrections (juvenile); Long range planning; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report
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