A Review of Brief Risk Assessment Tools Validated for use in Correctional Settings

Study Dates: 2014 – 2015 Study Description: Criminal justice researchers, government entities, and professional organizations endorse the use of structured risk assessments as best practice in correctional settings. When decisions regarding the placement, supervision, and treatment of offenders are informed by risk assessment, criminal justice systems are better able to address organizational goals related to public safety and efficiency,…
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Piloting Utah’s Response and Incentive Matrix: Results from Staff and Stakeholder Surveys

Study Dates: 2015 Study Description: In 2013, The Utah Sentencing Commission appointed a committee to research and develop an incentive matrix for Utah probationers and parolees. Members participating in this committee included representatives of the Utah Sentencing Commission, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), Utah Department of Corrections (UDC), specifically the…
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Evaluation of the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP)

Study Dates: 2014 – 2015 Study Description: The Road Home (TRH) received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop and evaluate the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP).This project is designed to improve housing and behavioral health outcomes for persons who have been chronically homeless and have substance use disorders and who…
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Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Utah Department of Corrections Evidence-Based Practice Adherence Summary Report

Study Dates: 2013 – 2015 Study Description: To help support the Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice asked UCJC to evaluate Utah’s treatment programs in both their prison and jails state-wide on their adherence to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) and provide ongoing quality improvement technical assistance. In January 2014, eight programs were selected…
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Evaluation of Early Case Resolution

Study Dates: 2012 – 2014 Study Description: The Early Case Resolution (ECR) Court pilot program was developed as a systemic approach to address challenges faced by the criminal justice system in Utah through a collaborative partnership of state and local agencies. By identifying lower level cases that were eligible for expedited processing, ECR Court aimed to:…
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Evaluation of the Chronic Homeless Services and Housing (CHSH) Project

Study Dates: 2011 – 2014 Study Description: In September of 2011, The Road Home received funding through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant to develop, implement, and evaluate the Chronic Homeless Services and Housing (CHSH) project over the course of a three year period. The CHSH project was designed to fill…
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Collaboration and Evidence-Based Practices: Utah State Office of Education and Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services

Study Dates: 2014 Study Description: To enhance the collaboration work in the State of Utah, the Utah Criminal Justice Center (UCJC) at the University of Utah began working with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) in January 2013. This partnership allows the State of Utah to construct…
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Determinants of Length of Stay in Utah’s Juvenile Secure Care Facilities

Study Dates: 2014 Study Description: This report provides a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the factors that predict length of stay (LOS) in Utah’s juvenile secure care facilities. The report examines both youth-level and system-level factors related to LOS. Departures from the goals of Utah’s indeterminate sentencing structure are documented, and recommendations for improving the processes that…
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Development of Utah’s Incentive and Response Matrix: Year 1 Report

Study Dates: 2014 Study Description: In 2013, The Utah Sentencing Commission appointed a committee to research and develop an Incentive and Response Matrix for Utah probationers and parolees. Members participating in this committee included representatives of the Utah Sentencing Commission, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC), specifically their Adult Probation and…
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Prisoner Reentry Project

Year 1: Prisoner Reentry Initiatives: Review of the literature and Reentry in Utah. Study Dates: 2013 Study Description: This report provides an overview of promising reentry practices for adult, general offenders exiting prison and includes a systems assessments of current state of Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) reentry programs and processes. Year 1 Report Year 2: Parole, Re-incarceration, and…
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