Criminogenic | Criminogenic Needs

Criminogenic Needs: Keys to Reducing Recidivism

The concept of “criminogenic” plays a pivotal role in understanding and addressing the factors contributing to criminal behavior. This blog post delves into the definition of criminogenic, explores criminogenic needs and risk factors, and examines dynamic risk factors. Understanding these elements helps us to better address the underlying causes of criminal behavior and reduce recidivism.

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Cafe aims to help at-risk youth, reduce recidivism

Grand St. Settlement is a social services organization in New York that focuses on empowerment, support, and advocacy. In operation since 1916, Grand St. serves thousands of New Yorkers through child and family centers, education, and skills-based programs. In November 2017, Grand St. Settlement announced a bold — and tasty — new venture: GrandLo Café.

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Help Reduce Crime Through Treatment, Not Charges

Treatment programs for offenders charged with minor crimes grant second chances and aim to solve underlying issues.   By Christopher Zoukis Utah has become the latest state to push for treatment — not prison — for minor offenses, as part of an effort to offer those without serious criminal histories and people with substance abuse and

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Mass Incarceration on Trial

By Scott McLemee The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. It has come down a sliver over the past six years: the all-time peak rate was in 2008, with 754 prisoners per 100,000 population. As of 2013, that figure had fallen to 716, but the U.S. has retained

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Social Failures Trickle Down To Our Prisons

By Jerry Large Reading a series of Seattle Times articles about “the empty promises of prison labor” made me think how hard it is to get something good from a system that is, at its core, all about failure on multiple levels — of individuals, of families, of government. Reporters Michael J. Berens and Mike

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School v. Prisons: Education’s The Way to Cut the Prison Population

By Deborah Stipek and Kathryn Hanson Victor Hugo’s 19th-century remark, “He who opens a college door closes a prison,” still holds true these days. The connection between education and incarceration was made starkly clear at Stanford’s 2014 Cubberley Lecture, exactly where actress Anna Deveare Smith brought to life the difficulties facing disadvantaged youth in American schools

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Opinion: Lewis W. Diuguid

By LEWIS W. DIUGUID / McClatchyDC  John Quinones said things about education that baby boomers of color depended on for the needed lift out of America’s ghettos and barrios. “It was a lifesaver for me,” said Quinones, ABC News anchor for the show “What Would You Do?” He spoke this month in Kansas City during

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How A New York Program is Reframing Prison Education

By Courtney Subramanian /  Image courtesy

About two hours miles north of Manhattan, a group of young men meet weekly to debate philosophy and discuss composition. The curriculum is like any other liberal arts course, but the classroom is quite different from what most people experience.

These classes take place behind the confines of the Otisville Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in New York where many of its inmates are serving life sentences.

Otisville was the first to implement the Prison to College Pipeline (P2CP), a partnership between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). Led by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Hostos Community College, the initiative selects inmates who have high school diplomas or GEDs and are eligible for release within five years to enroll as students through a process that includes assessment tests, submitting essays, and sitting down for an interview — much like the traditional college application process.

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Crime Declines While Anti-crime Funding Increases

By Christopher Zoukis 

Crime is down in the United States, but spending measures included in the $1.1 trillion federal budget passed by Congress in January 2014 will ensure that many law enforcement agencies receive more funding.

Insiders give much of the credit for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding increases to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, who is known as a strong proponent of crime-fighting expenditures. Senator Mikulski said the expanded funding represents a “truly bipartisan agreement that a significant number of members [of Congress] worked night and day [on] over the holidays.”

The big winners in federal law enforcement spending include the FBI, which received $8.3 billion, an increase of $248.7 million over FY 2013, and the federal Bureau of Prisons, which received $6.77 billion – an increase of $90.2 million.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also getting a boost in funding with a budget of $1.18 billion – more than $49 million over last year.

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Bamboo School for Children to be Built in Nepali Prison

Incarcerated parents in Nepal’s Birgunj prison are celebrating as plans have been made to create a school inside the prison facility for their children to attend.  The school will be located inside the Birgunj prison, which is located roughly 300 kilometers south of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. In a move inspired by the Mumbai

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