Publications

The goal of this publication is to provide an overview of civilian oversight models and a discussion of the strengths and challenges of each model. This report draws from available research as well as data collected from 97 police oversight agencies. This report is designed to help local policy makers, police executives and members of the local community explore key issues that can accompany the implementation and sustainability of civilian oversight of law enforcement at the municipal and county levels.

The goal of this publication is to offer a broad examination of the key issues facing civilian oversight of law enforcement in the U.S. Drawing from a review of the available research, as well as organizational data collected from 97 police oversight executives, this report is designed to help local policymakers, police executives and members of the local community explore the key issues that can accompany the implementation and sustainability of civilian oversight of police mechanisms at the municipal and county levels.

This review provides an overview of the academic literature on correctional officer (CO) wellness and safety. The review first describes the major categories of stressors encountered by COs, as well as the effects or consequences of those stressors. Second, the review provides an exhaustive examination of CO stress management and wellness programs, highlighting the scant evidence base on the effectiveness of those programs.

This Executive Reference Guide summarizes the Diagnostic Center’s response to requests from communities seeking assistance in identifying data-driven solutions, resources, publications and research related to human trafficking. The Diagnostic Center identified programs and initiatives that aim to prevent instances of human trafficking. Several federal and national programs have been identified that support the investigation, collaboration and coordination of local law enforcement to combat trafficking.

This report outlines several model practices that law enforcement agencies can use to reduce the trauma to children of arrested caregivers including:(1) Modify procedures to make arrests less traumatic for children; (2) Adopt protocols to ensure children are accounted for, left with competent caregivers and otherwise protected from harm in the aftermath of a parental arrest; and (3) Collaborate with social workers and child advocates to connect children of arrested parents with the services they need.

This publication provides a review of the available evidence on officer body-worn cameras. The goal is to provide a comprehensive resource that will help law enforcement agencies to understand the factors they should consider to make informed decisions regarding the adoption of body-worn camera technology. This resource also provides an overview of empirical studies to date that have examined the implementation and impact of officer body-worn cameras. The overwhelming theme from this review is the lack of available research on the technology.

The Diagnostic Center has developed this document to provide county level organizations general guidelines and model practices for data collection and information sharing-related activities. With a shift in focus to reduce California’s recidivism rates, counties must consider alternatives to incarceration through the adoption of evidence-based practices and the creation of community-based correctional programs. By implementing data collection and information sharing practices, the 58 counties have an opportunity to achieve improved returns on state and local correctional investments.

This Resource Guide identifies data-driven solutions, resources and related publications to address commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) issues. The resources identified by the Diagnostic Center are intended to be a starting point for executive-level decision-makers to explore how science and data can be used to inform policy decisions and support the creation of strategies to address crime problems at the state, local and tribal levels.

The Justice Department convened a working group to bring public attention to the connection between poverty and the criminal justice system and to highlight state reform efforts. This guide identifies resources and related publications to address issues related to fines, fees and other financial obligations. The resources are intended to be a starting point for executive-level decision makers to explore how science and data can be used to inform policy decisions and support the creation of strategies at the state, local and tribal levels.

This Executive Reference Guide summarizes the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center’s response to a community requesting assistance in identifying resources pertaining to issues around youth and education, with a particular focus on truancy, employment programs targeting at-risk and delinquent youth and best practices in the use of school resource officers.