- What Works and What Doesn’t in Reducing Recidivism: Applying the Principles of Effective Supervision, by Dr. Edward Latessa
CJAD also posted a data-filled presentation from Adam Gelb at the Pew Center on the States comparing Texas' criminal justice system with the rest of the country:
At one in 22 adults in prison, jail, on probation or on parole, Pews says Texas ranks fourth nationally in the proportion of its population under correctional control, behind Georgia, Idaho and the District of Columbia. (One in 13 adult Georgians, believe it or not, are in prison, jail, on probation or on parole.)
The most remarkable new fact-bite for me out of Gelb's presentation were Pew's numbers on the percentage of state workers employed in corrections (page 15 of the pdf). The national average is 11%. The average in southern states is 12.1%. But in Texas, 16.9% of state employees are in corrections, and that's with TDCJ more than 1,000 guards short of full staffing! Corrections makes up 8.6% of Texas' state general funds, says Pew, compared with 6.8% on average in other states.
Both these presentations contain a lot of interesting tidbits and are well worth the few minutes it takes to read through each of them - even without the presenters' commentary, they're mostly self-explanatory.
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