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Four Ways to Fight Human Trafficking in YOUR Community

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: All, Blog, Classification, Custody, Custody Management|

Human trafficking is everywhere. It’s in our country. It’s in your community. And it has the potential to be in your jail or even your social circle. Three of the top five risk factors for human trafficking are substance use, unstable housing, and mental health concerns, all of which are also frequently found in incarcerated individuals. But the scariest fact about human trafficking is that its reach isn’t limited to vulnerable populations – anyone, of any race, gender, or age can become a victim at any time.

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Can you defend your pretrial practice? 3 points to consider

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: All, Blog, Risk & Needs Assessments, Supervision, Supervision Case Management|

Being able to defend your pretrial practice is essential for everyone at your agency because if you’re not making strategic, goal-driven decisions, you risk having a “practice” that’s an aggregation of tools and processes and not a defensible strategy at all. Every tool, every process, and every decision related to pretrial must be data-driven and helping you reach your goals.

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Voices of Authority: How Brazos County Keeps Headcount Down and Good Behavior Up

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: All, Blog, Classification Management, Custody Management|

In this series, Greg Eash, a 25-year veteran correctional officer specializing in classification and inmate behavior management, sits down with corrections experts who are making a difference in their communities to learn about their successes, challenges, and what’s next for their jail.

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Measures for Justice: Stories of Data in Action

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: All, Attorney, Attorney Case Management, Blog, Court Case Management, Custody Management, Justice-Involved Youth, Podcast, Resources, Supervision Case Management|

Amy Bach, founder of the non-profit Measures for Justice, lives by the motto: “You can’t change what you can’t see.” Illuminating the truth through data has been her life’s passion, and Amy works with agencies across the country to make meaningful change to promote justice. Hear stories about data research at MSJ, and get advice for how your agency can start moving toward greater transparency and positive change.

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Problem-Solving Courts: Show Us the Money

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: All, Blog, Risk & Needs Assessments, Supervision, Supervision Case Management|

Problem-solving courts are designed to address the underlying cause of the crime (e.g., a substance abuse) rather than simply punish a person for the crime itself. They’re rehabilitative. They reduce recidivism. And when they’re operating effectively, they’re a coordinated effort involving the judge, district attorney, defense attorney, treatment provider, supervision professional, and often a program coordinator.

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Risk Level vs. Supervision Level: Common Misconceptions

By |April 8th, 2020|Categories: All, Blog, Risk & Needs Assessments, Supervision, Supervision Case Management|

Risk level and supervision level don’t match up on a clean 1:1 basis, and it’s up to supervision professionals to understand the nuances of each to make appropriate supervision decisions. Risk and supervision levels are two distinct guidelines based on different inputs, and risk level should be used to inform supervision level, not replace it. Let’s take a closer look.

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