Corrections Community, NIC's excellent resource blog, has a couple of really good links for you to new reports that might just solve every problem you have in corrections sentencing. Seriously.
Education - A Key to Lowering Incarceration Rates?
In a new report from the Justice Policy Institute, researchers summarize "recent findings on what is known about educational attainment as it relates to crime trends and public safety." Studies cited include a paper published in the American Economic Review, and the Alliance for Excellent Education's 2006 report, Saving Futures, Saving Dollars: The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings. Among findings noted is that "a 5 percent increase in male high school graduation rates would produce an annual savings of almost $5 billion in crime-related expenses."
What Works With Juvenile Offenders?
The Washington State Institute for Public Policy has done it again, this time with a newly-posted report documenting six juvenile programs identified as evidence-based. Evidence-Based Juvenile Offender Programs: Program Description, Quality Assurance, and Cost includes brief program descriptions, cost per participant, plus citations to the research leading to the evidence-based designation.