Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $461,900)
The Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated (FI) Program is funded under the Edward Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program and a carve out from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program that is aimed at combating extraordinary or precipitous increases in crime. The FI Program furthers the Departments mission by trying new approaches, addressing gaps in responses, building or translating research knowledge, or building capacity to address the issues that bring fresh perspectives and ideas to enhance practices and prevent crime in the field.
The University of Cincinnati will utilize grant funds for a research project that will be undertaken in two stages and occur in two state department of corrections systems: Oregon and North Dakota. The first stage will involve the development and implementation of an assessment and treatment protocol to reduce placements in Administrative Segregation (AS) and institutional misconduct. In addition, inmates housed in AS will participate in correctional rehabilitation services to enhance institutional adjustment and facilitate the transition to general population (i.e., primary intervention). This treatment protocol will include an incentive-based program comprised of a combination of applied behavior analysis (ABA), individual counseling and interactive journaling, group interventions, and re-entry services. This project addresses a critical issue facing many jail and prison systems today. The findings of this study will provide useful information for correctional agencies seeking to reduce their segregated inmate population. CA/NCF