Interest in Police Patrol Careers

This is an interesting report that looks at possible causes of why people are not pursuing a career in policing.

Why, we wondered, despite the robust and increasing numbers of entry-level positions in police patrol, was the career of police patrol work such a “hard sell” with the current potential applicant pool? Also, why were some of those very individuals seemingly interested in specialized police work (e.g., detective or investigator, K9 officer, narcotics officer)

but averse to patrol officer positions? Were these potential applicants fearful of the selection process (i.e., invasive background investigations and social media oversight)? Were these people deterred from police patrol careers because of the perception that the initial training expectations were too rigorous (i.e., academy physical training and the challenge of attending a lengthy academy)? Another consideration which grew out of this conversation was the potential inability or failure of police agencies to possibly address basic recruit expectations, namely assistance with the application process, realistic job preview, and mentoring

Is There A Cure For Hate? : NPR

This is an interesting article which speaks to some of the issues and problems with rehabilitation and is similar to thoughts on the effectiveness of probation and parole

After the Pittsburgh mass killing, many are wondering how to turn extremists away from violence and hate. But there is very little research, and even less funding, to make that happen.
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Criminal Justice topics on the ballot

This is exactly the type of programs, policy, and laws that are an example of the impact of the Criminal Justice System on a Community.

Think about how these proposals would impact the community.

Are the proposals based on political rhetoric or evidence based practices?

The report from The Marshall Project that discusses several different Criminal Justice initiatives that can be decided at the Ballot box.   See the report HERE

Crime victimization in 2016 | Modern Policing

BJS has released its revised 2016 victimization report, available here. Long-term, the violent crime victimization rate has been fairly flat since 2010 and it is 75% lower than in 1993. The serious violent crime rate decreased 3% in 2016 over the previous year, while property crime was up 7%. There was a significant 31% decrease…
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Research Central: Risk Assessment and Behavioral Health Screening for Youth in Probation

OJJDP’s Risk Assessment and Behavioral Health Screening Project, cofunded in 2014 with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, examined whether using a risk assessment for reoffending coupled with mental health and substance use screening protocols improves case processing, service allocation, and recidivism rates.

The study encompassed multiple probation offices in Arkansas and Rhode Island. Both states administered a risk assessment instrument in conjunction with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Version 2 (MAYSI-2) for mental health screening and the CRAFFT substance use screening tools. As one component of the study, the researchers examined service referral, how services were used, and recidivism outcomes of youth. They also studied if and how services and outcomes were influenced by the potential behavioral health needs identified in MAYSI-2 and CRAFFT.

Overall, the researchers found that mental health services were used more often than risk-reduction services in most sites and had little influence on recidivism. There was some evidence that substance abuse treatment reduced recidivism among youth identified in CRAFFT as having a substance use problem.

This is a link to the OJJDP website:

Link to the REPORT:

Pretrial Detention and Bail

Here are a news article and a website on “Mass Bailout” and a publication on pretrial detention.

Ex-NYC Probation Chief: Why I Joined the ‘Mass Bailout’

 Mass Bail out of women and youth

 Research pretrial detention