Best Practices

Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice Launched

The project web site of the Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB), cbkb.org, is now online, providing useful resources for justice practitioners and policymakers interested in using cost-benefit analysis methods and applications to better evaluate the economic impact of criminal justice policy choices.

The new web site features educational materials, such as webinars and toolkits, to guide visitors through the steps of a cost-benefit analysis. It also serves as a resource clearinghouse, with announcements of the latest publications and events, and a reference database of hundreds of cost-benefit studies.

Please visit cbkb.org, to learn more about this exciting new resource to the field of criminal justice.

CBKB is administered by the Vera Institute of Justice's Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit and funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Rhode Island Youthful Offender Program

Rhode Island's maximum security prison has experienced a rise in youthful offender violence including ganging up on each other with multiple attackers and increasingly using homemade weapons.  In response to the increasing violence a new Youthful Offender Program (YOP) was created that includes three separate classes: Self Change, Nonviolence, and Anger Management/Cognitive Restructuring.  Each of the classes is 12 weeks long and the program lasts between nine and ten months.  Click this link to read the entire program description.

Members' Best Practices, 2000

In 2000, 33 ASCA members submitted articles on a wide range of correctional practices they thought produced the best results.  ASCA staff edited and organized the submission into a publication entitled Best Practices in Corrections.  A copy of that publication may be downloaded by clicking on this link.

ASCA - Correctional Best Practices: Directors' Perspective

Reentry Best Practices

Under the leadership of then President Reginald Wilkinson, ASCA published in 2004 Reentry Best Practices: Directors' Perspective.  Reentry best practices were submitted by member agencies and clustered into five substantive areas.  They were: (1) Prison Programs; (2) Transitional Programs; (3) Mental Health/Substance Abuse Programs; (4) Community Supervision Strategies; and (5) Promising or Unique Services.  A copy of the publication may be found by clicking on the link below.

Reentry Best Practices Publication

Best Practices Seminars

New Hepatitis C Treatment Protocol

The Delaware Department of Corrections Medical Director, Dr. Spencer Epps, made a presentation Hepatitis C Treatment in Corrections: New Medicine, New Challenges at the August 6, 2011 Research and Best Practices Committee meeting about the proposed changes in the Hepatitis C treatment protocol that can have a significant impact on correctional agencies' inmate medical costs.  The new protocol is recommended as more successful treatment for those who do not respond to the current Hepatitis C treatment but at a significantly higher cost.  Click here to view Dr. Epp's presentation.

Dr. Epps contact information is:

Spencer Epps, MD, MBA
Medical Director
Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services
Department of Correction, State of Delaware
Telephone #: (302) 857-5395
Fax #: (302) 857-5496
Email: spencer.epps@state.de.us

BJA and JRSA Joint Seminar on Sentencing and Corrections in the States

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) held a joint seminar on Sentencing and Corrections in the States on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. We have attached the PDF of the Powerpoint presentation, which is available on the JRSA website: http://www.jrsa.org/pubs/journal/index.html.  Information about the special issue of the Justice Research and Policy journal is also available on that site.

The speakers were:  Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director, Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA); Richard Kern, Executive
Director of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission; William Bales, Associate Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
at Florida State University; James Austin, President, JFA Institute; and William Sabol, Chief of Corrections Statistics, BJS.

This joint seminar presentation was based on a special issue of the JRSA's Justice Research and Policy journal, which examines sentencing and incarceration practices in five states and nationwide.   Audience included OJP staff and external researchers, policy makers, and the media, with interest in corrections and sentencing.  Click here for more information on this seminar.

Technologies

Papers

NIC Retirement Research Paper

Preparing Future Leaders: Understanding Retirement in Corrections is a research paper authored by Meghan Hambacher from the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs.

Retiring leaders are a part of life for any agency. Researchers are attempting to forecast the impact of this ‘retirement tsunami’ by utilizing past understandings to drive the way.  Attention is turning toward what can be done to retain the knowledge held by those leaving, to lend the appropriate resources to future leaders in corrections.  Little research has been dedicated to understanding the true impact of retiring leaders on the correctional arena. The purpose of this project is to gather information from retiring leaders regarding the impact that retiring will have on the system and how best to identify avenues not only to attract but also to prepare future leaders. “The greatest challenge in managing change is not discerning what needs to change, but managing the transition from ‘what is’ to ‘what is desired’” (Campbell, 2006, p. 252). Life requires that we consistently change; therefore, we must understand that nothing is ever constant. The wealth of knowledge that continues to exit the correctional arena on a daily basis needs not only to be identified but also capitalized on in order for successful implementation by future generations. By developing an understanding of how best to strategize and develop plans given these retirements, corrections agencies are better prepared. Based on this research recommendations shall be delivered to NIC on how to equip and charge the agency with tools and knowledge to move forward with sound understandings of the current retirement trend.

Click here for the full research paper.

Bridging the Correctional Education Information Gap: Lessons Learned from Piloting a Voluntary Correctional Education Data Collection System

D. Lee, D. Giever, M. Tolbert, and L. Rasmussen, 2012
This report summarizes the findings from a pilot of the revised Correctional Education Data Guidebook and a secure online data collection system. It provides an overview of the project's history and pilot activities, presents information about correctional education drawn from the pilot states' data, and describes the pilot states' experiences collecting and submitting data and the lessons learned from the pilot.
Click here for the report.
Click here to visit the Correctional Education Data Network website.

June 2011 Current Issues Document

The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) conducts a semi-annual survey of its membership to identify the current issues faced by correctional agencies and their relative priority.  In June and July 2011, ASCA conducted a survey of members to identify and rate the level of importance of the top four issues facing their agencies and to rate issues identified in previous surveys to determine the continuing relevance of these issues for their agencies.  Twenty-seven agencies responded to the survey.  Click here for the report of the June 2011 Current Issues in Corrections Survey.

National Institute of Justice Introduces a New Research Publication

The National Institute of Justice introduces Research Report Digest, a new publication that presents findings from research funded by the National Institute of Justice. Here you will find brief descriptions of studies in a variety of criminal justice disciplines, such as criminology and forensic sciences and evaluations of technologies that are used in the law enforcement and corrections fields. The entries include links to the full research reports.

Research Report Digest will keep you informed of all NIJ's final grant reports and supplements information that is published in the NIJ Journal and on the NIJ website. Please let NIJ know if you have questions about these NIJ studies.

Evidence-Based Adult Corrections Programs: What Works And What Does Not (2006)

This study by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy provides a comprehensive review of evidence-based programs for adult offenders. We asked a simple question: What works, if anything, to lower the criminal recidivism rates of adult offenders? To provide an answer, we systematically reviewed the evidence from 291 rigorous evaluations conducted throughout the United States and other English-speaking countries during the last 35 years.

Click here to download a copy of Evidence Based Research Results (to download PDF 1.6)

Evidence-Based Practice Skills Assessment for Criminal Justice Organizations

The National Institute of Corrections in partnership with the Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice has published an evidence-based practice skills assessment (EBPSA) guide for criminal justice organizations. The assessment guide is a self-report measurement tool designed to gauge the extent to which correctional staff demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully implement Evidence-based Practices (EBP). Click here to download the full publication.

ASCA December 2010 Current Issues Document

The most pressing issues facing corrections administrators are the subject matter of all ASCA's trainings and programs. All ASCA trainings feature sessions whereby administrators suggest and discuss issues that are currently challenging them, issues that are emerging for their jurisdictions, and issues that are apparently decreasing in significance. A living Issues document is maintained not only from these trainings, but also from surveys conducted during the year. The most current list of issues of concern to ASCA members was initially generated during the All Directors Training (ADT) program held in Charleston, SC in December 2009.  It has been regularly updated with further input from the membership, most recently from a Member survey conducted in November and December 2010 and through discussion of current issues at the 2010 All Directors Training held in San Francisco, CA December 3 and 4, 2010.  The final report of issues facing corrections may be viewed by going to this link.

January - June 2010 Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) Digest

The latest issue of the SAC Publication Digest is now available on the website of the Justice Research and Statistics Association.  This Digest contains abstracts of Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) reports published January - June 2010, including reports produced for the SACs by outside authors or organizations.  The SACs are state agencies that collect, analyze, and disseminate justice data, and these reports cover a wide array of topics and analysis approaches for criminal justice data at the state level including state corrections. Click here to view or download the new Digest.

Institutional Corrections Research Network (ICRN) Report and Appendix

The attached reports are activities from the Institutional Correctional Research Network from 2007-2009 submitted to the National Institute of Corrections prepared by: Association of State Correctional Administrators. Click here to review the report and Click here to review the Appendix.

ASCA June 2010 Current Issues Document

ASCA polled member agencies in June 2010 to update the Current Issues Document that was developed during the Special Issues Seminar and All Directors Training held in Charleston, SC in December.  The result of the poll have been incorporated in to a new Current Issues Document that shows State budget cuts continue to be the leading issue facing corrections agencies today.  Click this link to download the full Current Issues Report.

2009 Survey Results

2010 Survey Results

2011 Survey Results

Past Events and News

Research and Best Practices Committee Met in Washington, DC


08/10/2013 10:15 AM

The ASCA Research and Best Practices Committee met on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM in the National Harbor 3 room of the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center.  The Committee was briefed on upcoming studies from BJA, a  survey of inmates, and the U.S. Department of Education, Program for International Assessment of Adult Literacy Competencies (PIAAC) study.

The following documents were used for the meeting:

Click here for the roster of Research and Best Practices Committee members
Click here for the Research and Best Practices mission statement
Click here for the agenda for the Research and Best Practices Committee meeting
Attachment A - Minutes from the January 26, 2013 Research and Best Practices Committee meeting
Attachment B - BJS Survey of Prison Inmates
Attachment C - Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC); Powerpoint presentation
Attachment D - Boston Reentry Study
 

Minutes from the Summer 2013 Research and Best Practices Committee Meeting

The ASCA Research and Best Practices Committee met on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C..  The Committee heard presentations from BJS about their upcoming survey of inmates; Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey of adult competencies; stab vest wound characterization study; and the Boston reentry study. Click here for the draft minutes from the Research and Best Practices Committee minutes.

Minutes from the January 26, 2013 Research and Best Practices Committee Meeting

The ASCA Research and Best Practices Committee met on January 26, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston, TX.  Correction Education Association Executive Director Steven Steurer updated members about the upcoming changes to the GED test and told them that CEA has been provided funding from NIC to provide training for GED instructors.  Univ. of Michigan Doctoral Candidate Jay Borchert told members about his doctoral project conducting PREA research and requested assistance from ASCA members.  ASCA Senior Associate Wayne Choinski updated members about two ongoing studies; a wound characteristic study being conducted by NIJ and Wayne State Univ. and a Body Armor study funded by NIJ.  Click here for minutes from the Research and Best Practices Committee meeting approved at the August 10, 2013 meeting.

The Research and Best Practices Committee Met in Houston, TX

The ASCA Research and Best Practices Committee met on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Houston, TX.  The following documents were used at the meeting:

Minutes from the August 6, 2011 Meeting of the Research and Best Practices Committee

The Research and Best Practices Committee met on August 4, 2011 at in Kissimmee, FL.  At the meeting, members heard a presentation about new Hepatitis C treatments that have a potential to add significant costs to agency medical budgets; a presentation from ATSM about testing standards for building materials and products; changes to the GED testing protocol; and the ASCA/RAND correctional cost cutting proposal.  Click here for minutes from the August 4, 2011 meeting of the Research and Best Practices Committee.

Institutional Corrections Research Network (ICRN) Meeting

The work of the Institutional Corrections Research Network (ICRN) has been captured in the minutes of the ICRN meetings, as well as in ASCA’s report to NIC on the results produced by the ICRN.


Photos from the August 6, 2011 Research and Best Practices Committee

The Research and Best Practice Committee met on August 6, 2011 in Kissimmee, FL.
Click here for photos from the Research and Best Practices Committee.

Photos from the Winter 2011 Research and Best Practices Committee Meeting

Click here to view photos from the Research and Best Practices Committee meeting held on January 29, 2011 in San Antonio, TX

National Institute of Justice Introduces a New Research Publication

The National Institute of Justice introduces Research Report Digest, a new publication that presents findings from research funded by the National Institute of Justice. Here you will find brief descriptions of studies in a variety of criminal justice disciplines, such as criminology and forensic sciences and evaluations of technologies that are used in the law enforcement and corrections fields. The entries include links to the full research reports.

Research Report Digest will keep you informed of all NIJ's final grant reports and supplements information that is published in the NIJ Journal and on the NIJ website. Please let NIJ know if you have questions about these NIJ studies.

Interstate Data Sharing Becomes a Reality for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

BJA is pleased to announce that the Kentucky and Ohio Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) have officially launched the electronic Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX). The goal of PMIX—made possible through funding from BJA's Harold Rogers Prescription Monitoring Program—is to help states implement a cost effective technology solution to facilitate interstate data sharing between PDMPs.

The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system and the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) have been the leaders in testing and now implementing PMIX in collaboration with BJA, the IJIS Institute, the Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs, and other state PDMPs. PMIX, designed and implemented with the input and participation of state PDMP administrators, is an inclusive solution that enables national interoperability while remaining entirely under the control of the state PDMPs.

PMIX has delivered the tools and standards to build the capacity for states to easily and efficiently share data across state boundaries. The specific technology used significantly reduces the cost and effort that would be required to implement a communications link with every single exchange partner state. This single link allows a state PDMP to process a request for information from one of its authorized users to additional states via a single query that is seamless to the user. Throughout the transaction, the PMIX "hub" retains no prescription or confidential data whatsoever, thus protecting each state's ability to control access to its own data, as well as the privacy and confidentiality rights of data that resides within the PDMP systems.

State adoption of PMIX and thereby the ability to request data from another state, especially a border state, will help stop those who have taken advantage of the lack of information sharing across jurisdictional boundaries, and result in an enhanced and more effective tool for health care providers and law enforcement to prevent and detect prescription drug abuse through PDMPs. BJA is committed to fully implementing PMIX and ensuring state PDMPs receive funding, training, and technical assistance to expand interstate data sharing.

To learn more about PMIX and PDMPs and to request technical assistance, visit www.bja.gov/grant/prescripdrugs.html.

Sept 5 Office of Justice Programs Information Sharing News

The Office of Justice Programs Information Sharing News for the week of September 5, 2011 has articles about Jim Burch named as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs, and Attorney General Eric Holder Makes a Pitch for Public Safety Network.  Click here for the September 5, 2011 OJP Information Sharing News.

Summer 2010 Research and Best Practices Committee Meeting

The ASCA Research and Best Practices Committee met on July 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM in Chicago, IL.  Main topics of discussion included review and revision of the Committee Mission Statement and demonstration of the new Committee web pages developed under the BJA Byrne Clearinghouse Grant.
Click Here for photos from the Correctional Research and Best Practices Committee Meeting.

Click here for minutes fromt he meeting