Evaluation of North Carolina’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Program

Evaluation of North Carolina’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Program. RAND Corporation. Lois M. Davis, Michelle C. Tolbert. May 22, 2019

RAND researchers focus on North Carolina’s implementation of the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project. They examine the in-prison and community components of the program and the experiences of Pathways students and staff. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 112 pages].

Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success

Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success. Urban Institute. Erika Parks et al. August 18, 2016.

Over the past six years, 17 local jurisdictions across the country have implemented policies to reduce their jail populations and costs, improve public safety, and increase the efficiency of their justice system. Through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, sites implemented policies to address frequent front-end users, improve pretrial strategies, apply evidence-based practices in community supervision, and enhance data systems. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 24 pages, 396.2 KB].

The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice

The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice. The Sentencing Project. February 10, 2016.

The report highlights reforms in 30 states that demonstrate a continued trend to reform sentencing policies and scale back the use of imprisonment without compromising public safety. The report provides an overview of recent policy reforms in the areas of sentencing, probation and parole, collateral consequences, and juvenile justice. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 20 pages, 3.23 MB].

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education. RAND Corporation. Lois M. Davis et al. July 2015.

After conducting a comprehensive literature search, the authors examine the association between correctional education and reductions in recidivism, improvements in employment after release from prison, and learning in math and in reading. Their findings support the premise that receiving correctional education while incarcerated reduces an individual’s risk of recidivating. They also found that those receiving correctional education had improved odds of obtaining employment after release. The authors also examined the benefits of computer-assisted learning and compared the costs of prison education programs with the costs of reincarceration. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 113 pages, 0.9 MB].