Researchers found that almost half of a sample group under community supervision in Washington DC had not been examined by a physician for signs of mental distress. But after testing, some 30 percent tested positive for moderate depression and 21 percent were diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Every one-dollar increase in minimum wage decreases recidivism rates by four percent, according to a study of six million state prisoners between 2000 and 2014. The working paper is written by two economists who say their findings support arguments that higher wages in unskilled jobs make former prisoners less likely to look for illegal sources of income.
If you are released ahead of your trial date, you’re 14 percent less likely to be found guilty, according to an American Economic Review study. Compared to those who can’t make bail and are held in pretrial detention, your economic outlook is better too, researchers concluded in a study of court records in Philadelphia and Miami-Dade counties.
Can changing the way cops think on the job make communities trust them more? The results of a Seattle experiment that trained officers to gather and process information differently showed participants made fewer arrests and were involved in fewer use-of-force incidents, according to a study released Wednesday.
If cops charged with fatal shootings rarely get convicted, is there a better way of dealing with such incidents before they happen? According to a study published this month in the Annual Review of Criminology, there is.
Employers are more likely to hire formerly incarcerated individuals if a replacement is guaranteed in the event the individual doesn’t work out, according to a Rand survey. Certificates of previous work experience, guaranteed transportation and tax credits also help.
An investigation led by Human Rights Watch reveals that US federal law enforcement regularly conceals how evidence is obtained, sometimes illegally, through a common practice called “parallel construction.”
Brookings Institution researchers found that an increase in the number of substance abuse treatment facilities in communities causes a reduction in both violent and financially-motivated crime. The authors estimate that each additional treatment facility in a county reduces the social costs of crime in that county by $4.2 million per year.
Nearly a decade after a 2010 federal law to improve public safety in “Indian Country,” the Justice Department and related agencies are failing to address native Americans’ concerns about crime and substance abuse on their lands, according to the department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
When the Washington Department of Corrections learned a software programming error led to the erroneous early release of 3,000 prisoners, it took three years to address the problem. That led to at least two deaths—and some hard lessons about the need to recognize non-traditional emergencies before they became crises, according to a case study published in December.