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

Conducting structured risk assessments with offenders is valuable but expensive. Brief risk assessments are less time- and resource-intensive but can allow criminal justice entities to determine which individuals are low-risk vs which should receive a comprehensive risk assessment. In UCJC's 2014-2015 study, we evaluated brief instruments that predict general and violent recidivism, failure to appear, and technical violations. . .

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Piloting Utah’s Response and Incentive Matrix: Results from Staff and Stakeholder Surveys

UCJC conducted an evaluation (2015) of the Response and Incentive Matrix (RIM) developed to respond to compliance with and/or violations of Utah probationers' and parolees' supervision conditions. The tool was created by a committee that included representatives from the Utah Sentencing Commission, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) . . .

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Evaluation of the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP)

UCJC conducted an evaluation (2014-2015) to determine whether a program conducted by The Road Home (TRH) increased housing stability, access to mental health treatment, and quality of life. TRH's program, the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP), was developed to address existing gaps in services by providing substance abuse and mental health treatment . . .

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Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Utah Department of Corrections Evidence-Based Practice Adherence Summary Report

To help support the Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice asked UCJC to conduct a 2-year evaluation (2013-2015) of 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.

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Evaluation of Early Case Resolution

In 2012-2014 UCJC conducted an evaluation of the Utah Third District Court's Early Case Resolution (ECR) Court pilot program. ECR's purpose was to identify lower-level cases that were eligible for expedited processing in order to increase the speed of processing for all cases filed in the 3rd District Court . . .

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