Community courts aim to improve outcomes by addressing factors linked to criminal behavior with access to treatment and services, and by emphasizing ties to a specific neighborhood. In 2009, San Francisco opened the Community Justice Center (CJC), a community court serving a traditionally high-crime area. This report examines whether the CJC reduces the risk of rearrest when compared to more traditional approaches for addressing arrestees.
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Police Department Investments in Information Technology Systems: Challenges Assessing Their PayoffSeptember 25, 2014
As local governments face declining revenues, budget tightening has presented police departments with challenging questions about how to deliver public safety more efficiently. In many jurisdictions, chiefs have adopted new technologies to reduce manpower costs. To examine the cost-effectiveness of doing so, the authors developed a model describing how information technology and policing activities work together to produce key policing outcomes.
Shining a Light on State Campaign Finance: An Evaluation of the Impact of the National Institute on Money in State PoliticsAugust 12, 2014
The National Institute on Money in State Politics collects, processes, and makes public information on campaign contributions made to state-level candidates for public office. Drawing on experiences of a variety of users, as well as a review of the publications that have used the Institute's data and research reports, this report provides an evaluation of the Institute's impact on the public discourse over campaign finance at the state level.
Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Fiscal Year 2012-2013 ReportAugust 8, 2014
California's Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act provides funds for counties to offer evidence-based programs for high-need juvenile probationers and at-risk youth. This report, based on the annual report to the state legislature, outlines the program's success for six outcome measures (completion of probation, restitution, and community service; arrests; probation violations; and incarcerations) and county-required supplemental outcomes.
The Future of Driving in Developing CountriesJuly 15, 2014
The level of automobility, defined as travel in personal vehicles, varies quite substantially between countries even at similar levels of economic development. Researchers sought to determine the factors besides economic development that affect automobility, their influence on automobility, and what would happen to automobility in developing countries if they progress along similar paths as developed countries.