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22nd Annual International Research Conference
"50 Years of Doing What Matters - Intergrating Innovative Practices"
September 14 - 17, 2014
The Westin Hotel, Cleveland, OH
2014 Annual Conference
22nd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE
"Integrating Innovative Practices: From the achievements of the past to what matters going forward: Innovation, integration and implementation of research and practice."
SEPTEMBER 14 to 17th The Westin, Cleveland, Ohio
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About Community Corrections
The supervision of returning citizens and provision of supportive services to these individuals outside of jail or prison. Community corrections includes parole, probation, residential and employment services, and other support programs.
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Risk Assessment Instruments Validated and Implemented in Correctional Settings in the United States: An Empirical Guide
The rates of crime, incarceration, and correctional supervision are disproportionately high in the U.S. and translate into exorbitant costs to individuals, the public, and the state. Within three years of release from jail or prison, twoSthirds of offenders are rearrested and half are incarcerated for a new crime or parole violation. Though many offenders recidivate, a considerable proportion do not. Thus, there is a need to identify those offenders at greater risk of recidivism and to allocate resources and target risk management and rehabilitation efforts accordingly. Risk assessment, a crucial component to implementing evidenceSbased recidivism reduction strategies, is the process of estimating the likelihood an offender will recidivate by identifying those offenders at higher risk and in greater need of interventions. Assessment results, based on ratings of empirically or theoretically based risk and/or protective factors, can be used to determine intervention targets, appropriate programming level and intensity, and supervision level. There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that assessments of risk completed using structured approaches produce estimates that are both more accurate and more consistent across assessors compared to subjective or unstructured approaches. More and more, structured risk assessment approaches are being used in correctional agencies.
Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees Across the United States
With over 95 percent of people in the nation's state prisons expected to be released at some point, officials at all levels of government recognize the need forinitiatives to support the successful reentry of these individuals to their communities. For the estimated 60,000 youth incarcerated in juvenile detention and correctional facilities on any given day, there is a particular urgency to help them avoid crime and improve their prospects for a successful future when released.
In 2008, Congress responded to these needs by passing the Second Chance Act, first-of-its-kind legislation that was enacted with bipartisan support and backed by a broad spectrum of leaders in law enforcement, corrections, courts, behavioral health, and other areas. The legislation authorizes federal grants that support reentry programs for adults and juveniles, nearly 600 of which have been awarded to government agencies and nonprofit organizations in 49 states by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs.
The program snapshots below illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment. Also highlighted are programs that address the needs of a particular population, such as youth, women, and tribal communities. Representing a wide range of populations served, these programs also demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can address recidivism and increase public safety.
2014 ICCA DC Forum
On March 11th, 2014, fifty ICCA members attended our annual DC Day Forum held at the True Reformer Building in Washington, DC. Those in attendance received valuable information regarding current initiatives and coming trends in the field of community corrections. Presenters represented both governmental and private agencies including:
Each presentation was followed by a Q&A session, with lively feedback from the audience. Participants received summaries of pending legislation relative to community corrections issues. As is the usual practice for ICCA members, many Forum participants scheduled meetings with their legislators on the following day to express support for these pending bills, as well as to discuss their local initiatives.
After a one year hiatus, ICCA was pleased to be able to bring back this annual forum for our membership. Our thanks to Community Resources for Justice and Dismas Charities for sponsoring the Forum luncheon, and to SecurManage for sponsoring the reception. We also thank the Pillsbury Law Firm for providing space for the ICCA Board meeting and Strategic Planning session on March 10th.