Evidence-Based Practice


Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice (2009). Implementing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Community Corrections, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.

This publication is part of the Evidence-Based Practice Box Set developed by the Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice and encompasses six principle areas: understanding evidence-based practice (EBP), discussion of the integrated model for implementing effective interventions in corrections, the principles of effective intervention, implementing EBP, leading organizational change and development and collaboration for systemic change. The is a critical piece of work, well worth reading, for any organization interested in or in the process of implementing EBP in an effective way.

The Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice (March 10, 2010). Series I: Implementing Evidence-Based Policies and Practices in Community Corrections.

This Webinar is part of the Wednesday Series: Using Science in Criminal Justice to Achieve Better Results, that took place March –September of 2010. This is the first webinar in the series and provides an excellent overview of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) including why and when they were developed. Additionally, the eight principles of EBP are outlined and discussed and the questions and answers from the presentation have been recorded. Presenters and Panelists include: George Keiser, formerly with the National Institute of Corrections, David Guntharp, Director, Arkansas Department of Corrections, Sally Kreamer, Director, Iowa, Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, and Representative Jerry Madden, Texas House of Representatives.

Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice, Kristy Pierce-Danford, & Meghan Guevara (2010). Commonwealth of Virginia: Roadmap for Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections.

The Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice (CJI) and the state of Virginia joined together in 2008 to evaluate the implementation of Evidence- Based Practices in Virginia’s local probation and pretrial services system of community corrections. Drawing from the lessons learned in real life implementation, CJI created a Roadmap to guide implementation in local and state level community corrections organizations. This roadmap highlights tools used and interventions that were successful, including suggestions for line staff, supervisors, directors and the department. Key strategies for each step of the process from initial assessment to work plan development to assuring quality and fidelity are laid out.

Center, B. (2007). Evidence-Based Practice in Los Angeles County Corrections: A Top-5 List of Real-World Foes. Large Jail Network Exchange pp 31-37. Journal of NIC's Large Jail Network.

The importance of implementing evidence- based practices (EBP) is becoming well recognized in the Corrections field. In this article, the author presents and discusses the top five obstacles the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has faced in their quest to use EBP and how they attempted to overcome those challenges.

Taxman, F., Shepardson, E. S., & Byrne, J.M. (2004). Tools of the Trade: A Guide to Incorporating Science Into Practice. National Institute of Corrections.

This Guide provides a comprehensive look at the elements of effective supervision, including assessment and planning, communication tools, and the use of incentives. The authors also provide a nice discussion of the various offender types. This is a good resource for those interested in learning more about successful supervision strategies.