Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) Webinars
Evidence-Based Practices Webinar from BJATraining on Vimeo.
There is a growing interest in criminal justice in the identification and use of evidence-based practices and programs (EBPs). While a number of practices and programs have been identified, less is known about the implementation and sustainability of EBPs. The panelists in this webinar discussed how states and localities can identify, implement, and sustain criminal justice EBPs. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Mary Poulin, senior research associate at the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) and supported by the JRSA. Panelists included: Mr. Craig Prins, executive director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission; Mr. Roger Przybylski, founder of the RKC Group; and Mr. Phillip Stevenson, director of the Statistical Analysis Center at the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.
National Instatute of Justice Webinars
Solutions in Corrections: Using Evidence-based Knowledge (May, 2010)
Professor Ed Latessa describes how his team and he assessed more than 550 programs and saw the best and the worst. Professor Latessa shared his lessons learned and examples of states that are trying to use evidence-based knowledge to improve correctional programs.
National Criminal Justice Association Webinars
Using Evidence Informed Principles in Juvenile Justice: Lowering Recidivism, Reducing Secure Detention and Promoting Positive Youth Development showcases concrete examples of how state level programs are helping to improve outcomes within state level juvenile justice systems and the populations they serve. This webinar looks at how policy changes related to status offenders have impacted secure detention and how evidence driven approaches to juvenile justice can make communities safer, save taxpayers money and allow for more prudent allocation of scarce resources. The presenters for this webinar include: Tara Andrews, deputy director for policy and programs, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Brian Bumbarger, founding director of the Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center at Pennsylvania State University and David Jones deputy secretary, Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Navigating Evidence-Based Policies and Practices: What States Can Do To Generate the Evidence from NCJA on Vimeo.
Topics for this webinar included: What states should know about adoption and evaluation of evidence based practices; What states can do to promote the adoption and evaluation of evidence based practices; Acquiring buy-in; and Strategies for incremental adoption. Presenters for this webinar were: Candice M. Kane, Ph.D., J.D., Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention and include an open discussion among the following panelists: Cynthia Lum, Ph.D., Deputy Director of The Center for Evidence Based Policy; Phelan Wyrick, Senior Social Science Analyst at the Office of Justice Programs; and Roger Pryzbylski, Founder of the RKC Group.
From Research to Implementation from NCJA on Vimeo.
From Research to Implementation focused on the process of creating evidence based practices, successful implementation and the importance of fidelity to a program model. The panelists discussed a number of issues including: the significance of research and program evaluation, using evidence based policies and practices (EBPP) to address community needs, how programs get recognized as EBPPs, replication and evaluation, and the importance of technical assistance in maintaining program fidelity.
The moderator for this webinar was Clay Yeager the former Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In the early 1990’s, Mr. Yeager was integral in the process of ushering into Pennsylvania the Communities that Care (CTC) model and dozens of other evidence based practices and programs. The presenters for this webinar included: Dr. Delbert Elliot, the Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CPSV) at the University of Colorado, Dr. J. David Hawkins an Endowed Professor of Prevention and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington, and Mike Pennington the current Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr. Elliot is best known as creator of the now famous Blueprints for Violence Prevention initiative. Dr. Hawkins is best known as the co-founder of both the Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP) and the well-known and internationally replicated Communities that Care Model.
Crime and Justice Institute Webinars
Evidence-Based Principles for Enhancing Correctional Results in Jails and Prisons (September 2010)
Approximately 97 percent of all inmates now in U.S. prisons will eventually be released and returned to the community. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 67.5 percent of offenders are rearrested within three years of release. While in prison, misconduct can be predicted and correctional programming that targets criminal risk factors significantly reduces the rate of prison misconduct and recidivism. Community corrections and prisons must work together to meet their shared responsibility to reduce risk and enhance public safety. The panelists for this webinar included: Daniel R. Craig, warden of the Medical and Classification Center at the Iowa Department of Corrections; Gary E. Christensen of Corrections Partners, Inc.; Cindy McCoy, director of the Grant County Correctional Services; and Max Williams, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Evidence-Based Policies and Practices to Reduce Recidivism: Implications for State Judiciaries (April 2010)
In the United States, 94 percent of our nation’s felony offenders are sentenced in state courts. Research has shown that incarceration is not an effective crime-control strategy. The criminal justice community needs data-driven sentencing policies that guide the management of offenders to the most effective interventions. Often, judges are natural points of contact and can be strong advocates of evidence-based practices and the use of data as a tool in sentencing. Effective treatment models are essential for many lower-risk offenders. Although there are barriers within systems, many of these are not outside the influence and control of judges and other members of the judicial system. During this webinar, panelists discussed evidence-based practices that help to reduce recidivism. The panelists for this webinar included: Honorable Christine Durham, chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court; Mr. Stephen Bouch, court executive officer of Napa County, California Superior Court; Judge Jean Maurer of the Multnomah County, Oregon Circuit Court; and Chairman Catherine McVey of the Pennsylvania Paroling Authorities. To see this webcast, click here.
Implementing Evidence-Based Policies and Practices in Community Corrections (March 2010)
The United States imprisons a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world. Currently there are now over 7 million adults under some form of correctional supervision, a number exceeding the population of 38 states. Between 1985 and 2004, state corrections expenditures increased over 200 percent while during the same period spending on higher education increased by only 3 percent. During this webinar panelists discussed evidence-based practices that provide today's leaders with ways to maximize limited public resources and yield better public safety results. The webinar was moderated by Mr. George Keiser of the National Institute of Corrections. The presenters included: Mr. David Guntharp, director of the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections; Ms. Sally Kreamer, director of the Iowa Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services; and Rep. Jerry Madden from the Texas House of Representatives. To see this webcast click here.
Pretrial Justice Institute Webinars
Series IV: Evidence-Based Practice in Pretrial Services: Applications of Principles, Laws, and Research (June 2010)
This webinar was hosted by Tim Murray, executive director of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) and included a panel discussion with Spurgeon Kennedy, deputy director of operations at the DC Pretrial Services Agency; Barbara Darbey, executive director of the Pretrial Service Cooperation; and Denial Peterca, manager at the Court of Common Pleas in Cayahoga County, Ohio. While at PJI, Tim has successfully garnered the support of stakeholders such as: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Counties, the American Bar Association, National Public Radio, the U.S. Department of Justice, numerous philanthropic foundations, and others in calling for safe and rational pretrial justice policies. Prior to joining PJI, Tim served in a variety of executive positions with the Bureau of Justice Assistance including deputy director. Tim was instrumental in the design and implementation of the nation's first Drug Court in Miami FL, he convened the first national drug court conference and served as the first federal drug court program office director. Tim is the proud recipient of Pioneer Awards from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), as well as NAPSA's Olgiati and Member of the Year awards.