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In addition to continuing to capture ongoing reviews of justice programs, CrimeSolutions.gov now also presents reviews of justice practices. A practice is a general category of activities, strategies, or procedures that share similar characteristics with regard to the issues they address and how they address them. While CrimeSolutions.gov program profiles can answer questions like "Did the ABC Mentoring Program in Anytown, USA achieve its goals?", a practice profile might be used to answer "Does mentoring usually achieve its goals?" See Why Programs and Practices? to learn more.
On CrimeSolutions.gov you will find:
- Research on the effectiveness of programs and practices as reviewed and rated by Expert Reviewers
- Easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program or practice achieves its goals: (Program Review and Rating from Start to Finish and Practice Review and Rating from Start to Finish)
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- Profiles of programs and practices with research findings
What is the difference between programs and practices on CrimeSolutions.gov?
|Description||A specific set of activities carried out according to guidelines to achieve a defined purpose.||A general category of programs, strategies, or procedures that share similar characteristics with regard to the issues they address and how they address them.|
|Question Answered||How effective is this specific program according to the most rigorous evaluation(s) available?||How effective is this general practice on average across many evaluations?|
|Example||Did the ABC Mentoring Program in Anytown, USA achieve its goals?||Does mentoring usually achieve its goals?|
Read more About CrimeSolutions.govCrimeSolutions.gov is not an exhaustive list of all justice-related programs and practices, and inclusion on this site does not constitute an endorsement of a program or practice by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more.
Kansas Senate Bill 123 (Alternative Sentencing Policy for Non-Violent Drug Possession Offenders)
Program Summary: The Kansas state Senate Bill established a program that provided mandatory community-based drug treatment for nonviolent offenders convicted of a preliminary offense for drug possession.
Front-End Diversion Initiative
Program Summary: A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Surveillance
Practice Summary: Public surveillance systems include a network of cameras and components for monitoring, recording, and transmitting video images. The ultimate goal of installing public surveillance cameras is to reduce both property and personal crime.
Correctional Work Industries
Practice Summary: Correctional work industries are designed to provide work experiences for inmates while they are incarcerated.
Mass Media Campaigns to Prevent Illicit Drug Use of Youth
Practice Summary: Antidrug mass media campaigns concentrate on preventing, reducing, or stopping the illicit drug use of young people (which generally includes individuals 26 and younger), because initiation of substance use typically begins during adolescence or young adulthood.
Multimodal Community-Based Prisoner Reentry Program
Program Summary: A community-based prisoner reentry program that provides substance abuse treatment to medium- to high-risk offenders placed on 24-month community correctional supervision, with the aim of reducing relapse, rearrest, and reincarceration in program participants.
Corrections-Based Adult Basic/Secondary Education
Practice Summary: Adult basic education (ABE) classes for incarcerated adult offenders provide basic skills instruction in arithmetic, reading, and writing. ABE classes are targeted to adult prisoners who read below the ninth grade level. Those who can read at a ninth grade level move onto adult secondary education (ASE) classes.
Corrections-Based Vocational Training Programs
Practice Summary: Vocational training or career technical education programs in prison are designed to teach inmates about general employment skills or skills needed for specific jobs and industries.
Postsecondary Correctional Education (PSCE)
Practice Summary: Postsecondary correctional education (PSCE) is academic or vocational coursework taken beyond a high school diploma or equivalent that allows inmates to earn credit while they are incarcerated.
Rochester (N.Y.) Domestic Violence Court Judicial Monitoring
Program Summary: A program designed to provide judicial monitoring by the court, which involved frequent court appearances by the offender before a judge. The goal was to ensure compliance with program requirements and other court orders, and deter future violence and re-abuse of victims.