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Corrections Technology and Practice Taxonomy

Institutional and community corrections agencies face increasingly complex tasks and challenges today. It is important, therefore, to identify opportunities where changes in tools, technology, practices, or approaches can help agencies respond more effectively to solve problems and mitigate risks in their role to protect the public. Identifying and prioritizing possible corrections innovations was the goal of this research effort, the results of which are described Fostering Innovation in Community and Institutional Corrections: Identifying High-Priority Technology and Other Needs for the U.S. Corrections Sector. The starting point for considering future technological and other innovations is the baseline that exists today. As a result, the effort developed a map or taxonomy of technologies and populated it based on information on tools and practices that are already in use. This tool presents that map in dynamic form, allowing the user to explore the different areas of corrections technology and practice and to make comparisons between community and institutional corrections.

The research reported here was conducted in the RAND Safety and Justice Program, a part of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

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