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This paper presents evaluation findings of the Dangerous Mentally Ill Offender program (DMIO). Results indicate a sustained rate of recidivism and cost-effectiveness after 2.5 years post program.

Local pretrial policy can have a substantial impact on the community, both in terms of finances and public safety. However, many counties lack the data needed to measure the impact of pretrial policy decisions, and they are unable to predict which options are likely to yield the greatest social benefit and return on investment. To provide counties with an additional tool for data-driven policy making, the Public Welfare Foundation and the Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ have developed a model for pretrial cost benefit analysis.

This issue brief outlines costs to consider when setting pretrial justice policy. While only some of these costs are quantifiable, they all have the potential to substantially impact communities. A consideration of costs and benefits also highlights the notable deficits in our current system, and the benefits of new policies with the potential to reduce costs as well as public safety risk.

The purpose of this guide is to help community behavioral health center administrators to understand the process of estimating and analyzing the costs of providing primary care services to adults with serious mental illness (SMI) so that they can effectively budget for and evaluate their integrated care program.

According to findings in this report, jails are far more expensive than previously understood, as significant jail expenditures such as employee salaries and benefits, health care and education programs for incarcerated people, and general administration are paid for by county or municipal general funds and are not reflected in jail budgets. Drawing on surveys from 35 jail jurisdictions from 18 states, this report determined that even the jurisdictions themselves had difficulty pinning down the total cost of their local jail or jail system. It also highlights how the surest way to safely cut costs is to reduce the number of people who enter and stay in jails. In doing so, jurisdictions will be able to save resources and make the investments necessary to address the health and social service needs of their communities, which have for too long landed at the doorstep of their jails. County jails in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Volusia were included in this analysis. Source: Vera Institute of Justice

This brief presents findings from an evaluation of the Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF) program. The Reclaiming Futures model unites juvenile courts, probation, adolescent substance abuse treatment, and the community to improve drug and alcohol treatment and connect teens to positive activities and caring adults.