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In Thinking About “What Works,” What Works Best?  

Author:  Jeremy  Travis.

Source: Volume 13, Number 04, Summer 2004 , pp.4-8(5)

Journal of Community Justice (formerly Journal of Community Corrections)

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As I have become immersed in this work— and particularly as I have witnessed the rapid pace of innovation around the topic of prisoner reentry—I have increasingly found myself asking how we would measure progress in designing new approaches to prisoner reentry. So, I was particularly pleased to see that for many years, the goal of the annual ICCA conference has been to focus on the question of “what works,” and to promote evidence-based practices. Truth be told, our evaluation literature is generally weak in its methodology, thin in the numbers of programs evaluated, and out of step with the cutting-edge innovations in our field.


Affiliations:  1: John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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