Science Before Politics: Capacity Building Workshop on Justice Evidence-Based Research

Front row (left to right):  Mr. Assanee Sangkhanate, Head of International Affairs Section, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand; Mr. Watanakorn Sunnui, Legal Officer, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand; Ms. Nantarath Thepdolchai, Director, Institute for Justice Research and Development, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand. Back row:  James Hess, Ph.D., Analyst, CEBC; Mr. Vitaya Suriyawong, Director-General, Office of Justice Affairs, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand; Helen Braithwaite, Ph.D., Research Specialist, CEBC.

Front row (left to right): Mr. Assanee Sangkhanate, Head of International Affairs Section, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand; Mr. Watanakorn Sunnui, Legal Officer, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand; Ms. Nantarath Thepdolchai, Director, Institute for Justice Research and Development, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Back row: James Hess, Ph.D., Analyst, CEBC; Mr. Vitaya Suriyawong, Director-General, Office of Justice Affairs, Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand; Helen Braithwaite, Ph.D., Research Specialist, CEBC.

Helen Braithwaite, Ph.D., met with delegates from the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand who were at UCI to conduct a study visit entitled “Science Before Politics: Capacity Building Workshop on Justice Evidence-Based Research.”  She presented on the following topics: Development of the California Static Risk Assessment (CSRA) risk tool; An evaluation of the Parole Violation Decision Making Instrument (PVDMI); An NIJ-funded project on the fiscal crisis in corrections (prison closings); and evaluation of parole reform in California. Professor Richard McCleary also presented on projecting inmate populations, and Greg Boston, Director of Inmate Services at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD)presented on the In-Custody Transition Program (ICTP).

 

Just the facts

turner_100715_200x133UCI Professor Susan Turner studies crime and punishment to help State policymakers develop prison and parole programs based on effectiveness ­ not emotion or politics.

Link: http://zotzine.uci.edu/v02/2010_07/turner.php

CDCR Report: A Roadmap for Effective Offender Programming in California

In June 2007, a panel of national experts advising the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released their report “A Roadmap for Effective Offender Programming in California” that provided 11 key recommendations for improving the state’s rehabilitation model, as well as strategies to significantly reduce recidivism and overcrowding. The Center for Evidence-Based Corrections provided analytic support to the expert panel report in areas related to program participation and practices and mapping parolee returns in the state. The two articles below derive from this work:

CDCR press release: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/news/Press_Release_Archive/2007_Press_Releases/Press20070629.html

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