Race and Wrongful Convictions in the United States
National Registry of Exonerations, March 2017, 37 pp.
African Americans are only 13% of the American population but make up a majority of innocent defendants wrongfully convicted of crimes and later exonerated. This racial disparity is evident in all major crime categories, but this report examines it in the context of the three types of crime that produce the largest numbers of exonerations: murder, sexual assault, and drug crimes. more info >
Adult Criminal Justice: Benefit-Cost Analysis
Minnesota Management and Budget, December 2016, 65 pp.
Minnesota's Department of Corrections and county correction agencies provide a range of services designed to rehabilitate offenders and reduce their likelihood of future criminal activity. Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) conducted benefit-cost analyses of select corrections services in the state. more info >
Minnesota Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity
Voices for Racial Justice, July 2016, 64 pp.
Annual report that looks at the previous Minnesota legislative session, focusing on advancing racial equity. Individual legislators and the governor are graded on their support for bills to support education equity, health equity, economic and wealth equity, civil rights and criminal justice, and American Indian Tribal Sovereignty. more info >
How Effective is Correctional Education, and Where Do We Go From Here?
RAND, June 2014, 177 pp.
Includes a study on the effectiveness of correctional education programs for incarcerated adults, a review of correctional education programs for juveniles, the perspectives of state correctional education directors, and recommendations for improvements to further the field of correctional education. more info >
State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports. more info >
The effectiveness of incarceration-based drug treatment on criminal behavior
Campbell Collaboration, January 2012, 58 pp.
Summarizes the evidence regarding the effectiveness of incarceration-based drug treatment in reducing drug relapse and recidivism. more info >
Crime victims services
Wilder Research, March 2010, 32 pp.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs asked Wilder Research to develop brief reports that "tell the story" of victim services in the state and suggest new directions. Reports covered domestic violence, sexual assault, general crime, and child abuse. more info >
Behind bars II: Substance abuse and America's prison population
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, February 2010, 153 pp.
In-depth look at substance abuse and crime: prevalence of substance-involved inmates, substance use as a factor in crime, tobacco use among inmates, drug law violation convictions, substance abuse treatment of inmates, components of effective treatment, recommendations for the criminal justice system and government. more info >
Effects of cognitive-behavioral programs for criminal offenders
Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, August 2007, 27 pp.
A review of cognitive-behavioral therapy programs and the effects on offender recidivism. more info >
Sex offender recidivism in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Corrections, April 2007, 42 pp.
Explores the factors associated with sex offender recidivism and includes recidivism rates, policy implications, and a review of the literature. more info >
Minnesota felony driving while impaired report, 2007
Minnesota Department of Corrections, January 2007, 16 pp.
Information on Minnesota DWI statistics, including offender characteristics, court and sentencing characteristics, and treatment and post-release supervision. more info >
Every door closed : facts about parents with criminal records
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)|Community Legal Services, August 2003, 16 pp.
Series of fact sheets addresses issues faced by parents with criminal records including employment barriers, access to housing, the ban on financial aid for higher education, accessibility of public benefits, struggle with child support obligations. more info >
Safe homes, safe communities: A focus group report on offender housing
Minnesota Department of Corrections, February 2001, 32 pp.
Presents results of focus groups with Minnesota corrections and housing professionals and recommendations for providing housing to offenders. Also provides background information on why housing is needed and profiles of offenders released from correctional facilities. more info >
Getting back to work: Employment programs for ex-offenders
Public/Private Ventures, November 1999, 34 pp.
Provides an introduction to employment programs for ex-offenders. It includes a history of employment programs; discussion of the link between employment and recidivism; an overview of current initiatives, including program characteristics and profiles of specific programs; and suggestions for strengthening employment programs. more info >
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database
"Contains summaries of more than 160,000 criminal justice publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research." You can also search the NCJRS Virtual Library, a collection of more than 7,000 full-text publications. more info >
Social Programs That Work
This site summarizes the findings from well-designed randomized controlled trials. It includes programs in the areas of early childhood, education, substance abuse and treatment, mental health, crime and violence prevention, employment and welfare, and more. more info >