Publications

The customized documents below were developed by the Diagnostic Center and based on substantial data collection. These documents offer communities relevant, reliable resources to address these criminal justice, juvenile justice and victim services challenges. To download a resource, click on the document title.

 

 

Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement: A Review of Strengths and Weaknesses of Various Models, Joseph De Angelis, Richard Rosenthal, Brian Buchner, September 2016.

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. Developed in collaboration with the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, 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.

Correctional Officer Wellness and Safety Literature Review

Correctional Officer Wellness and Safety Literature Review, Jaime Brower, January 2014.

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. The review concludes with a discussion of common themes among the handful of evaluated programs and offers recommendations for next steps to 1) better address the unique stressors facing correctional officers and 2) minimize the negative consequences of those stressors on COs, their families and the correctional agency.

Human Trafficking Executive Reference Guide

Executive Reference Guide: Human Trafficking, Diagnostic Center, August 2013.

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. Such programs include initiatives led by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security as well as research available from the National Institute of Justice on the characteristics of trafficking offenders and victims. Also compiled is a list of resources and hotlines available to assist jurisdictions reporting and investigating human trafficking cases.

First Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm: Model Practices for Law Enforcement Agencies When Arresting Parents in the Presence of Children, Lisa H. Thurau, Esq., May 2015.

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. The remainder of this report provides a detailed treatment of topics related to parental arrest; current efforts at the national, state and local levels to improve the treatment of children during parental arrest; and detailed model practices for improving the treatment of children during parental arrest.

 Assessing the Evidence

Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence, Michael D. White, August 2014.

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. Overall, this review provides a comprehensive discussion of the issues and evidence surrounding officer body-worn cameras. The review also provides a framework that will allow law enforcement agencies to consider the full range of issues regarding adoption of the technology.

Correctional Officer Wellness and Safety Literature Review

Promising Practices in the Use of Data and Justice Information Sharing: A Self-Evaluation Resource for California Counties, Diagnostic Center, June 2016.

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.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Resource Guide

Resource Guide: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Diagnostic Center, March 2015.

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. Resources in this guide are also aligned to one or more topic areas in the realm of CSEC and human trafficking in general, including: 1) Victimization, 2) Juvenile and 3) Outreach/Awareness, which were identified by the requesting community.

Fines and Fees Resource Guide

Resource Guide: Reforming the Assessment and Enforcement of Fines and Fees, Diagnostic Center, March 2016.

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. The resources included in this Guide are organized into four key areas: 1) Backgrounders 2) Case Studies, 3) Issue Studies, 4) Reform Guidance and 5) Reform Tools.

Youth Advocacy Executive Reference Guide

The Executive Reference Guide for Practitioners: Youth Advocacy, Community Relations and Gang Violence, Diagnostic Center, June 2013.

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. Also included are specific programs, approaches and trainings that address potential community outreach and security measures (e.g., neighborhood watch, patrols and lighting) and best practices in police-community relations. Lastly, this guide includes resources on gang membership prevention, intervention and violence prevention models, as well as in the benefits of leveraging the Domestic Violence Lethality Questionnaire.