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Moving On (Minnesota)
Program Summary: This is a curriculum-based, gender-responsive intervention created to address the different cognitive–behavioral needs of incarcerated women. The program is rated Promising. The program was shown to significantly reduce recidivism as measured by rearrests and reconvictions, but did not have a significant impact on reincarcerations for a new offense and technical violation revocations.
Bronx (NY) Mental Health Court
Program Summary: This is a program that seeks to divert mentally ill, misdemeanor and felony adult offenders out of the justice system and into treatment. The goals of the diversion program are to ensure participants receive treatment for their mental disorders and do not have future contact with the justice system. The program is rated No Effects. Overall, there was no significant impact on re-arrests or re-convictions.
Risk Detection/Executive Function Intervention
Program Summary: This is a program for adolescent females with a history of violence/abuse and involvement in the child welfare system. The goal of the program was to reduce re-victimization in teen dating situations. The program used mindfulness-based, cognitive interventions to build skills for responding to risky situations and improving executive function (including reasoning and problem solving). The program is rated Promising. The intervention was shown to reduce sexual and physical re-victimization.
Social Learning/Feminist Intervention
Program Summary: This is a 12-session program for adolescent females with a history of exposure to violence/abuse and involvement in the child welfare system. The goal of the program was to reduce re-victimization in teen dating situations. The program used a health-promotion approach to help girls develop healthy relationships and to respond to abuse in their relationships. The program is rated Promising. The intervention was effective at reducing physical re-victimization, but not sexual re-victimization.
Sources of Strength
Program Summary: This is a school-based, suicide prevention program designed to build socioecological-protective influences across a full student population, using youth opinion leaders from diverse social cliques to develop and deliver, with adult mentoring, messaging aimed at changing the norms and behaviors of their peers. This program is rated Promising. Peer leaders in the intervention schools showed significant improvements on perceptions and behaviors pertaining to suicide and on social connectedness.
Youth Relationships Project
Program Summary: This was a community-based prevention program that targeted youths who were at risk of becoming involved in abusive relationships. The goals of the program were to increase youths’ awareness of the signs of an abusive relationship and teach them how to develop healthy, non-abusive relationships with dating partners. The program was rated Promising. The program was shown to significantly reduce abuse perpetration and victimization over time.
Police Foot Patrol–Philadelphia 2010
Program Summary: This strategy is aimed at reducing crime at violent-crime hot spots in Philadelphia, Pa., through police foot patrols. It involved having veteran officers patrol areas (an average of 3 miles of streets) during one shift per day. This program is rated No Effects. Relative to the control areas, increasing foot patrols at violent-crime hot spots had no impact on violent crimes, violent felonies, or citizens’ perceptions of crime and safety.
The Urban Debate League for High School Students
Program Summary: A competitive, social-policy debate program to advance academic achievement, community contributions, and life success of students in grades 9 to 12 in urban school districts. The program is rated Promising. The program was shown to have a significant, positive effect on high school graduation and college readiness, as indicated by ACT scores.
Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)
Program Summary: This is an initial training and coaching model targeted at community supervision officers. The overall goal is to teach community supervision officers how to translate principles of effective intervention into practice, and how to use core correctional practices in their interactions with offenders. The program is rated Promising. Officers in the treatment condition exhibited a greater use of core correctional skills over time than officers in the comparison condition.
Reading for Life (RFL)
Program Summary: This is a diversion program in which juveniles ages 13–18, who have committed non-violent offenses, study works of literature and classic virtue theory in small groups, led by trained volunteer mentors. The goal is to foster moral development and reduce recidivism. The program is rated Promising. Participants had a lower chance of being prosecuted for any offense (including misdemeanors and felonies) and had fewer arrests than the comparison group.
Over the past year, the increase in homicides in several American cities has captured the attention of the nation, but objective, scientific work to inform such conversations has been limited. NIJ commissioned a white paper by Dr. Richard Rosenfeld to examine the size and scope of the homicide increase based on data collected from police departments in 56 U.S. cities. The paper explores several possible explanations to this rise and identifies what further data and research is needed to confirm which explanations contributed to the increase in homicides. See the CrimeSolutions.gov’s Crime & Crime Prevention, Violent Crime topic page for reviewed and rated programs and practices in this area.
The American Probation and Parole Association sponsors the Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week to take place July 17-23, 2016. Community supervision professionals play an integral part in lowering prison populations and recidivism. The week is to commemorate the important work done in keeping our communities safe. CrimeSolutions.gov can help these professionals and their organizations identify evidence-based programs and practices focused on pretrial, probation and parole. Visit the Corrections & Reentry/Community Corrections topic pages.
On July 19, 2016, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center will host “The Model Programs Guide iGuides.” This webinar will provide an overview of MPG, the development of the MPG iGuides, and how communities can use them to address problems. Register for this free webinar.
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