Counties need to help parolees access health care

Lois Davis (RAND Corporation) and Susan Turner (University of California, Irvine)

San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 2016

California’s Public Safety Realignment Act (AB109), transferred the responsibility for many nonviolent offenders from the state prison system to county jail or local probation. Most efforts to understand the effects of this law have understandably focused on jails, courts and public safety. But at Rand we focused on another key challenge to inmates’ successful re-entry — the health of such returning offenders and their need for physical, mental health and drug treatment.

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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).

 

Expert Panel Study of the Inmate Classification Score System

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) commissioned researchers from the University of California to evaluate the department’s Inmate Classification Score System (ICSS).  The heart of the issue is whether CDCR’s current ICSS accurately assesses an inmate’s threat to institutional safety and accurately places him in the appropriate security and housing level.

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Parolees with Mental Disorder: Toward Evidence-Based Practice

Jennifer Eno Louden, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso, and Jennifer L. Skeem, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
April 2011

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From Policy to Prisoners to People: A ‘Soft-Mixed Methods’ Approach to Studying Transgender Prisoners

Valerie Jenness, Ph.D., Univeristy of California, Irvine
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
In press

Link: http://jce.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/08/06/0891241610375823

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