Judicial Education with Pew, National Center for State Courts, and National Judicial College
Funded through Pew's Public Safety Performance Project (Pew PSPP) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), a partnership between CJI, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the National Judicial College (NJC), will educate and mobilize chief justices and other state court leaders in support of sentencing and corrections reforms that align with the project's goals and focus, and will help create national visibility and awareness of the need for such reforms. The partnership worked to provide nonpartisan research, analysis, training and consulting services regarding evidence-based practices to court officials and community corrections executives. It also made such information and services available to state courts and judges throughout the country, coordinated the work of a national working group on using risk and needs assessment information at sentencing, and finalized and supported the delivery of a model curriculum for state judges on evidence-based practices to reduce recidivism. The goal of this initiative was to help states develop evidence-based sentencing practices and effective community corrections programs for appropriate offenders that promote public safety, hold offenders accountable and reduce costs to taxpayers. This assistance focused on information and tools, such as offender risk assessments for appropriately assessing and sentencing offenders, and evidence-based programs that have proven cost effective in reducing recidivism.
Read a description of CJI's training Evidence-Based Sentencing to Improve Public Safety and Reduce Recidivism: A Model Curriculum for Judges