Reduce Crime and Strengthen Communities
Use data to understand crime trends.
Examine crime, arrest, and victimization data.
Expand data collection metrics.
Enhance data sharing to improve public safety.
Improve responses to people who have behavioral health needs in local criminal justice systems.
Improve the identification of people who have behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system.
Ensure that a range of behavioral health treatment and service options are available within jails and prisons and in the community for people in the criminal justice system.
Increase the effectiveness of treatment and support services to improve public safety and health outcomes.
Strengthen collaboration between behavioral health and criminal justice agencies at the state and local level.
Help local governments use jail space cost-effectively.
Support collection and analysis of jail data.
Adopt policies that improve pretrial decisions and reduce burdens on jails.
Develop crime-reduction strategies that prevent violent crime and strengthen trust in law enforcement.
Ensure that local law enforcement agencies use evidence-based policing strategies to combat violent crime.
Advance violent crime reduction efforts by improving trust and cooperation between communities and police.
Provide law enforcement officers with the necessary tools and resources to respond to the needs of their communities.
Break the Cycle of Reoffending
Use data to drive recidivism-reduction efforts.
Track and publish multiple measures of recidivism.
Expand recidivism tracking to include the probation population.
Use measures that permit more timely analysis in addition to cohort-based measures.
Set recidivism-reduction goals for people leaving prison and people on probation.
Ensure the effective use of risk and needs assessments.
Design policies to support the statewide use of risk and needs assessments.
Establish quality-assurance practices for the use of risk and needs assessments.
Improve the effectiveness of supervision to reduce recidivism.
Establish caseload sizes that allow supervision officers to focus resources on people who are most likely to reoffend.
Improve supervision workforce practices, such as hiring, training, and evaluation.
Provide supervision officers with tools to respond swiftly and appropriately to the behavior of people on supervision.
Provide people on supervision with the resources they need to succeed.
Use programming and treatment that works to reduce recidivism.
Ensure sufficient availability of treatment and programs.
Reduce barriers to employment.
Reduce barriers to housing.
Use Cost-Effective Strategies to Invest in Public Safety
Examine drivers of corrections costs.
Identify how much states spend on prisons and supervision.
Analyze prison and supervision population trends to understand how they are driving costs.
Assess how state prison and supervision populations are projected to change.
Develop data-driven policy options to improve public safety.
Revise sentencing practices to prioritize prison space for people convicted of serious and violent offenses.
Promote success on supervision and use proportionate responses to respond to violations.
Improve the efficiency and consistency of the parole decision-making process and preparation for release.
Reinvest in strategies that improve public safety.
Identify funding priorities and allocate resources accordingly.
Regularly evaluate how to fund public safety priorities.
Leverage federal resources to drive innovation.
Ensure that state agencies have the capacity to collect performance measures.
Establish responsibility for reporting and monitoring results.
Educate stakeholders, policymakers, and the public to maintain momentum.
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