Research and the Department of Justice
One of the things that the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice has been doing of late that I find most interesting is attempting to think through a more productive connection between research and practice in criminal justice. Here is a link to Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson talking about the initiative.
Speaking of research, the Department of Justice has started to highlight preliminary results from the multi-site adult drug court evaluation that we have been working on in concert with the Urban Institute and RTI. Click here to see powerpoint presentations that explain some of the early findings, which seem to confirm that drug courts do indeed reduce re-offending and incarceration among other positive impacts.