Where are you in the recidivism reduction cycle?

By |2019-07-15T01:52:15+00:00July 15th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, Northpointe Suite|

Reducing recidivism is one of the most important things we can do as supervision professionals. It’s also one of the hardest. Part of what makes recidivism so difficult to tackle is that successes and failures happen on the individual level, but only systemic change can truly make a difference.

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It’s Time to Review Your Restrictive Housing Procedures

By |2019-07-18T16:37:41+00:00July 15th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

Restrictive housing, when used effectively, can help jail staff maintain safety and protect vulnerable inmates. However, overuse of this tool has led to ongoing problems for jails throughout the country. Constant vigilance of restrictive housing procedures and practices is necessary.

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The Practice of Pretrial: What Successful Counties are Doing

By |2019-07-08T18:35:49+00:00July 8th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, Northpointe Suite, Pretrial|

Pretrial practices are seeing upheaval across the country, and as many jurisdictions push for reforms, there is an abundance of information and misconception in the public eye. Ground yourself in the basics of pretrial, and learn what successful counties have in common.

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The First 72 Hours & the Dangers that Loom

By |2019-06-24T15:38:38+00:00June 24th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

One of the primary ways jails can limit their liability, accurately classify inmates, and efficiently handle an influx of inmates is by using pre-classification, also known as initial classification, housing.

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On the Rise: The Cost of Mental Health Care

By |2019-06-14T17:17:35+00:00June 12th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

One third of adults in prison are mentally ill. One quarter have a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder. Prison inmates are seven times more likely than others in their community to have a substance abuse disorder.

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Zoom Out: Your Caseload Needs a Wider Lens

By |2019-06-01T12:57:33+00:00June 1st, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, Northpointe Suite|

Don’t just manage cases; manage your caseload. Taking in the full spectrum of your caseload and monitoring how individual cases fit into it can help you ensure you’re giving your clients the most appropriate level of supervision and resources.

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Spark Real Change: Top Strategies for Case Planning

By |2019-05-15T15:35:55+00:00May 15th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, Northpointe Suite|

Case planning is more than just establishing a check-in schedule and lining up interventions. Read equivant’s top strategies for effective supervision planning that makes a real difference for your clients and your community.

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Classification Works in Criminal Justice: Here’s Why

By |2019-05-07T14:18:30+00:00May 7th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification, Northpointe Suite, Resources, Videos|

In this episode, Dr. Tim Brennan, leading criminologist and classification/assessment expert, takes decades of research and simplifies it into practical, actionable information that justice professionals can start using on-the-job immediately.

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Shift Your Expectations: Good Behavior IS Possible

By |2019-04-29T00:22:02+00:00April 29th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

Let’s jump right to the bottom line: The key to effectively managing inmate behavior is classification. Past generations of jails relied on physical barriers to maintain safety. Inmates were expected to behave badly, and they did. The focus was on containment, not management.

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How Safe is Your Jail Staff? There IS More You Can Do.

By |2019-04-15T15:54:11+00:00April 15th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

How often is your team injured on the job? How often do illnesses and injuries require absences from work? How stressed is your team? For most jail supervisors, the answer to all three questions is VERY. The National Institute of Justice (2017) reports that correctional officers experience higher rates of nonfatal workplace injuries and absences due to work-related illnesses and injuries than most other professions, topped only by police officers and security guards. Correctional officers also experience high levels of stress and negative mental health outcomes.

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