Jails and Prisons

Sponsors: Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

Through this project, the Center provided facilitation for a meeting of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Council as it explored measures to address the conditions leading to jail overcrowding.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Drug Court Program Office

In collaboration with the Justice Management Institute, the Center played a role in preparing small group work exercises for a series of four regional workshops; conducted training modules on strategic planning and offender targeting; and facilitated team work sessions for interdisciplinary teams planning drug courts for their jurisdictions.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

The National Jail and Prison Overcrowding Project was created to assist states in managing the flow of offenders through their criminal justice systems in order to alleviate institutional crowding and to prevent future crowding. The National Project provided assistance to participating states in developing policies appropriate to the particular economic, political, and cultural environment within each. Center staff worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to devise the criteria, review the proposals, conduct on-site assessments, and select the states that would participate in the project. The focus of the project’s work was the policy group in each state, composed of key policymakers representing the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government, as well as ranking officials from corrections agencies, local law enforcement, prosecution, and local government. Center staff worked with state staff and the policy group to produce the information needed to analyze the source of population pressures, select appropriate policy options, and implement and monitor the options chosen. In addition, Center staff provided a range of direct services to the state projects, including facilitation assistance and training.
The project was conducted in two parts: four states participated between 1982 and 1984; five states from 1984 to 1987. Center staff worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to devise the criteria, review the proposals, conduct on-site assessments, and select the states that would participate in each phase of the project.

The focus of the project’s work was the policy group in each state, composed of key policymakers representing the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government, as well as ranking officials from corrections agencies, local law enforcement, prosecution, and local government. The project provided financial support to hire local staff in each site to support daily operations.

Staff from the Center worked with state project staff and the policy group to produce the information and data needed to identify and analyze the source of population pressures, select appropriate policy options, and implement and monitor the options chosen. In addition, Center staff provided a range of direct services to the state projects. Because of the value-laden as well as technical nature of the issues under consideration, national staff offered facilitation assistance and training to support consensus-building among policy group members as they moved toward policy adoption and implementation.