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NCJ Number: 250577 Find in a Library
Title: Improving Management of Jail Populations (Case Study)
Corporate Author: Booz Allen Hamilton
United States of America
Date Published: February 2017
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Booz Allen Hamilton
McLean, VA 22101
US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Case Study; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This case study describes the process and outcomes of the training and technical assistance provided to Nevada’s Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Program’s (OJP’s) Diagnostic Center to better address the challenges in delivering detention services in a safe and secure environment.
Abstract: In 2014, the CCDC’s average daily population reached an all-time high of 3,907 per day and an average length-of-stay of 23.3 days, although the operating capacity was at 2,563. This posed significant challenges for CCDC staff in providing services in a safe and secure environment. The OJP Diagnostic Center was contacted by the CCDC leadership in August 2015, requesting training and technical assistance (TTA). The goal of this TTA was to improve management of CCDC’s population by reducing overcrowding and improving pretrial decisionmaking to minimize public safety risks and maximize resource use. The Diagnostic Center’s responsibility was to identify model practices that could inform decisionmaking on how best to manage the CCDC’s population. This process was guided by the collection and analysis of local data relevant to the challenges of CCDC’s management. The insights gained from these efforts are 1) that jail management requires a coordinated, system-wide approach that incorporates all components of the criminal justice system; and 2) that data-driven and research-based tools can improve detention decisions while relying on less costly and more service-based alternatives for those justice-involved individuals posing minimal risk. Some preliminary stakeholder perceptions of the TTA results thus far are improved coordination among justice partners; the adoption of a tested, validated, evidence-based pretrial risk assessment; improved data collection and sharing; and a reduced pretrial jail population. 3 figures
Main Term(s): Correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Case studies; Evidence-Based Practices; Interagency cooperation; Jail management; Nevada; Office of Justice Programs (OJP); OJP Resources; Pretrial detention; Pretrial release; Prison overcrowding; Technical assistance plans; Technical assistance reports; Technical assistance resources
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