National Institute of Justice

September 16, 2014

NIJ release study on impact of ‘prison cycling’

The National Institute of Justice recently released a report on the impact of “prison cycling,”—the flow of inmates into and out of prison—on crime rates in communities. The report found that prison releases have a negligible impact on crime in general, but prison reentries increased crime in disadvantaged neighborhoods but […]
January 30, 2014

Study finds culture shift in reentry approach

Researchers studying the impact of the Second Chance Act say there has been a “culture shift” in the approach taken toward offender reentry with an emphasis on rehabilitation and evidence-based practices instead of services that only enforce reentry rules and regulations. The research, funded by the National Institute of Justice, is […]
August 14, 2012

NIJ keynote features criminal justice expert Joan Petersilia

Joan Petersilia, Ph.D., has spent more than 25 years studying the performance of U.S. criminal justice agencies and has been instrumental in affecting sentencing and corrections reform in California.  She is the author of 11 books about crime and public policy, and her research on parole reform, prisoner reintegration and […]
September 1, 2011

Report validates drug courts impact on drug usage, crime and cost savings

A study surveying 23 drug court locations and 1,156 drug court participants across the country has found that drug courts produce significant reductions in drug relapse and criminal behavior among participants. The courts also produce a number of other positive outcomes, according to the report by the National Institute of […]