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A CompStat-like system needs to be developed for corrections that would measure and publicize the recidivism rates of inmates discharged from specific institutions.

A CompStat-like system needs to be developed for corrections that would measure and publicize the recidivism rates of inmates discharged from specific institutions, said the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) in a recently published report. Stop Revolving-Door Justice lays out three suggestions for improving the U.S. correctional system. In addition to inmates, the CompStat program would include offenders on probation and parole, with the goal of using the data to compare the performances of those in charge of the institutions. PPI also proposes creating a new Office of Community Supervision (OCS) within the U.S. Department of Justice. OCS would procure money to double the current probation and parole work force of 50,000, which would reduce officer caseloads. In addition, it would place juvenile probation officers in schools with large numbers of youths at risk of incarceration. The final suggestion is to empower parole and probation officers to impose more effective sanctions on violators. This includes giving them the authority and resources to monitor the positions of newly-released offenders and administer drug tests more frequently. To read the report, visit www.ppionline.org.
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Title Annotation:Inter Alia
Author:Gormsen, Lia
Publication:Corrections Compendium
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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