Four criminal justice programs have been cited by the National Criminal Justice Association as good examples of effective projects using federal aid that can be easily replicated elsewhere. The awards were presented last week in Bellevue, Wa., at the group’s annual forum. The Berks County, Pa., Community Reentry Program was cited for helping offenders, reducing the recidivism rate, and increasing public safety. The Iowa Jail-Based Substance Abuse Program was honored for treating problems “associated with both substance abuse and criminal thinking.” More than 90 percent of participants had not been arrested after a year.
Harriet’s House Transitional Housing for Female Ex-Offenders in North Carolina was praised for helping 128 women obtain and maintain permanent, safe, and affordable housing. The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center in Washington State got an award for helping victims of domestic abuse and their children. Also at the forum, Raymond Slaughter, former director of the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, got a career service award; Bruce Kelling of the Tiburon firm was honored by the IJIS Institute for longtime work on criminal justice records; and the Richmond, Va., Department of Information Technology and the Intergraph Corp. were cited for developing a system that enables alarm companies to transmit alarm reports electronically to the city’s 911 system, eliminating errors inherent in telephone calls and shortening response times.