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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.
Prison Industry Enhancement Certificate Program (PIECP)
Program Summary: The program engages state prison inmates in private sector jobs (which pay minimum wage or higher), in an effort to increase post-release employment and reduce recidivism. The program is rated Promising. Compared with inmates who worked in traditional prison industries and participated in other activities such as education and drug treatment, program participants had significantly higher post-release employment and lower recidivism rates.
Red Hook Community Justice Center: Criminal Court for Adults
Program Summary: This is a problem-solving community court that seeks to prevent crime. One component of the program, the Criminal Court, hears misdemeanor cases and seeks to provide quick and meaningful sanctions to defendants in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The program was rated Promising. The program had a statistically significant impact on recidivism rates for defendants.
Chicago Parent Program
Program Summary: A culturally relevant parent-training intervention for black and Hispanic parents of children ages 2 to 5 years from low- income, urban areas. The program’s goals are to promote parenting skills and competency and prevent or reduce problem behaviors in children. The program is rated No Effects. The evaluations had mixed findings. Overall, the evidence suggests the program did not have a significant impact on parenting skills, parenting competency, or problem behavior in children.
Ada County (Idaho) Drug Court
Program Summary: Provides court-supervised, community-based outpatient drug treatment and case management services to felony drug offenders. The goals are to increase offender accountability, decrease the likelihood of recidivism, and reduce drug dependency. The program is rated Promising. The program was shown to significantly reduce a participant’s likelihood of recidivating.
Queensland (Australia) Community Engagement Trial (QCET)
Program Summary: The program tested whether police use of a specialized script (based on principles of procedural justice) during random breath-test traffic stops could improve perceptions of police and change people’s views about drinking and driving. The program is rated Promising. The program was shown to significantly change citizens’ views on police and drinking and driving, increase satisfaction and compliance with police, and strengthen perceptions of procedural justice and police fairness.
PROmoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER)
Program Summary: This is a program delivery system focused on community-based collaboration and capacity building. The PROSPER model is designed to assist communities properly implement evidence-based initiatives that are then supported in the community and sustained over time. This program is rated Promising. Results indicate that students in the PROSPER intervention schools had significant reductions in the use of substances such as alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, and cigarettes; as well as in conduct problems.
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