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Prison Reform: Reducing Recidivism by Strengthening the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education,Headlines,Women

https://www.justice.gov/prison-reform

Website which discusses recent reforms to federal prisons designed to reduce continuing crime from released inmates.  Also includes links to consulting report which proposed reforms and other documents relevant to prison reform initiatives.  From the Justice Department

 

Justice Department Announces Reforms at Bureau of Prisons to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Inmate Rehabilitation

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education,Headlines,Women

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-reforms-bureau-prisons-reduce-recidivism-and-promote-inmate

Agency press release which announces reforms including creating a semi-autonomous school district within the federal prison system, reforming federal halfway houses, paying for state-issued photo IDs for inmates prior to release, and providing additional services for female inmates to promote successful returns to the community;  From the Justice Department

 

Public Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/pffclrs14.pdf

Focuses on the services performed by crime labs across the U.S. including lab operations, functions, budgets, personnel, workload, and outsourcing. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/pffclqap14.pdf

There have been reports of deficiencies in U.S. crime labs.  This report covers such quality assurance practices as accreditation, proficiency testing, codes of ethics, written standards for performance expectations, externally certified personnel and more.  Covers 409 publicly funded labs.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014: Statistical Tables

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/capd0914st.pdf

Reports that the violent victimization rate against persons with disabilities was 2.5 times higher than the rate for persons without disabilities in 2014.  Also describes the types of disabilities and compares victim characteristics.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

State-Administered Indigent Defense Systems, 2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Finance,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/saids13.pdf

Describes methods of providing representation in legal cases in 28 states and DC, including type of attorneys, cases closed, caseload standards, funding sources, and how indigence is determined.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Jails in Indian Country, 2015

Categories: Crime/Justice,Native Americans,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/jic15.pdf

Presents trends in Indian country jails including inmate characteristics, offense type, midyear-peak-and average daily population, admissions, and average length of stay.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

FBI Releases 2015 Hate Crime Statistics

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2015-hate-crime-statistics

Press release featuring highlights from 2015 report on hate crimes.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

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