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Findings From the Community Protection Research Project: A Chartbook, Sixth Edition

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Roxanne Lieb - May 1997

In 1990, the Washington State Legislature passed the Community Protection Act, a comprehensive set of laws that increased prison terms for sex offenders, established registration and notification laws, authorized funds for treatment of adult and juvenile sex offenders, and provided services for victims of sexual assault. The legislation directed the Institute to evaluate the effectiveness of these state-supported programs. This chartbook contains information selected from this research.

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Washington State Juvenile Courts: Workloads and Costs

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Mason Burley, Robert Barnoski - April 1997

To establish an accurate measure of the costs of supervising offenders sentenced in juvenile court, the Institute conducted a survey of the 33 juvenile courts in Washington. The survey was designed in cooperation with the Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators. This report highlights the findings from this survey, including information on caseloads and average costs of detention facilities and community supervision programs in Washington State.

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Performance Measures: Community Public Health and Safety Networks

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Sharon Silas, Roxanne Lieb - April 1997

Community Public Health and Safety Networks were created out of the 1994 Violence Reduction Act. Networks were charged with reducing violence, specifically youth violence, along with seven other "at-risk" behaviors. Fifty-three  networks were established and required to submit comprehensive plans to the Family Policy Council. These plans highlighted at least three at-risk behaviors to be targeted for reduction. Following approval of their plans, performance contracts were established that included a statement of work and specific performance measures. As the contracts progress, the state and networks will gain knowledge on the relative effectiveness of approaches. The report contains chosen risk factors, baseline rates, and targeted outcomes for 17 of the networks. 

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The Class of 1988, Seven Years Later: How a Juvenile Offender's Crime, Criminal History, and Age Affect the Chances of Becoming an Adult Felon in Washington State

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Robert Barnoski, Roxanne Lieb, Steve Aos - January 1997

The guidelines established by the Juvenile Justice Act of 1977 determine in large part how juvenile offenders are sentenced in Washington State. This report examines how three primary sentencing factors—a juvenile's crime, criminal history, and age—will affect the chance the juvenile will re-offend as a young adult.

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Evaluating Early Intervention in Washington State Juvenile Courts: A Six-Month Progress Report

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Robert Barnoski, Scott Matson - January 1997

The 1996 Washington State Legislature appropriated $2.35 million to 12 juvenile courts for early intervention programs targeting youth placed on probation for the first time and considered at high risk to re-offend. At the request of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy evaluated the program. The primary outcome measure is whether there is a reduction in subsequent court adjudications for those youth in the program. The program will be evaluated to determine the level of program success necessary for the state's investment to be cost-effective.

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Identifying Cost-Effective Strategies for the Criminal Justice System in Washington State: A Progress Report

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WSIPP - January 1997

This progress report contains new information on the fiscal costs of the criminal justice system in Washington and how they have changed over the last two decades. The report also discusses work underway at the Institute to assess the costs and benefits of criminal justice strategies.

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Protocols and Training Standards: Investigating Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

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Roxanne Lieb, Lucy Berliner, Patricia Toth - January 1997

A budget proviso in the 1996 supplemental budget directed the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to "collect data and information from jurisdictions within the state of Washington and outside the state of Washington, including other nations, that have experience with developing protocols and training standards for investigating child sexual abuse." This project incorporated a review of the scientific literature, model protocols and standards from other states and jurisdictions, and legislation in other states. In addition, a panel of state experts visited four counties in the state to observe their practices.

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Washington's Sexually Violent Predator Law: Legislative History and Comparisons With Other States

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Roxanne Lieb - December 1996

In 1990, Washington State enacted a law authorizing civil commitment of individuals found to be “sexually violent predators” at the end of their criminal sentence. This civil commitment law was part of an omnibus bill, the 1990 Community Protection Act. In order to increase the state’s knowledge about effective strategies with sex offenders, the legislature directed the Institute to evaluate this law’s effectiveness. This publication updates information on the implementation and background of sexual predator laws.

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Sex Offender Registration: National Requirements and State Registries

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Scott Matson - December 1996

This issue brief explains the general requirements established by the federal government for registration of sex offenders released from incarceration. Also included are the results from a 1996 Institute survey listing the number of registered sex offenders by state.

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An Examination of Organizational Structure and Programmatic Reform in Public Child Protective Services

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Charles Wilson, Paul Vincent, Ed Lake, JoAnn Plucker - December 1996

This report surveys the 50 states regarding their organization of children and family services, then analyzes the responses and supplemented information from national sources. In addition, case studies are described using five states that have undergone recent organizational or programmatic reforms in the area of child protection. These states are: Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, and Tennessee.

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