Opportunities for Police Cost Savings Without Sacrificing Service Quality: Reducing Fuel Consumption (Research Report)
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Police vehicles burn a great deal of fuel while patrolling continuously. Various approaches have been proven to significantly reduce the amount of fuel used and its cost. Hybrid vehicles typically get two-three times higher mileage per gallon than conventional vehicles and have proven viable for policing, in many cities, including New York. Computers in vehicles that reduce trips back to stations, fuel-saving driving techniques (such as reducing idling), good vehicle maintenance (such as maintaining proper tire pressures), use of on-line reporting and other strategies such as community policing that require fewer vehicle trips also can reduce fuel consumption.
Opportunities for Police Cost Savings Without Sacrificing Service Quality: Reducing False Alarms (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: April 12, 2013||Publication Date: April 12, 2013|
In many cities, false alarms from home and business security systems number in the tens of thousands each year, waste millions of dollars of officer time, and detract from attention to reducing crimes. Options are presented on ways to substantially reduce the effects of such false alarms and the police responses to them. We analyzed experiences of Montgomery County, MD; Seattle, WA; and Salt Lake City, UT, which reduced false alarms by 66-90% and saved 10-30 police officer-years annually.
Transition from Prison to Community Initiative: Process Evaluation Final Report (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: January 07, 2013||Publication Date: January 07, 2013|
This evaluation of the Transition from Prison to the Community (TPC) initiative found improved collaboration among participating state agencies and their service provider partners and identified enhanced efforts to employ risk/needs assessments, assess program quality, and monitor performance. Developed and funded by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), TPC provided states with support and guidance in preparing prisoners for release, facilitating their transition to the community, and overcoming barriers to reintegration.
Supportive Housing for the Disabled Reentry Population: The District of Columbia Frequent Users Service Enhancement Pilot Program (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: November 02, 2012||Publication Date: November 02, 2012|
Using qualitative and quantitative data, this report discusses the history, performance, and progress of the District of Columbia Frequent Users Service Enhancement Pilot Program, implemented by the Corporation for Supportive Housing. As a supportive housing reentry program focused on disabled individuals with histories of homelessness and incarceration, the program intended to provide housing and coordinate services for 50 "frequent users" leaving the city jail. Over the first year of operations, the program successfully identified and targeted more than a dozen frequent users and linked them to supportive housing through effective cross-system coordination. Policy implications of the evaluation findings are discussed.
Surveying the Field: State-Level Findings from the 2008 Parole Practices Survey (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: December 21, 2011||Publication Date: December 21, 2011|
Parole supervision is the key mechanism facilitating the return of prisoners to the community. To examine the current state of parole practice, the Urban Institute conducted a survey of parole supervision field offices. In this report, the authors examine survey results at the state level to supplement and extend the national-level analysis presented in the previously released An Evolving Field. This analysis provides a more nuanced view of parole practices and, despite differences in population and structure of justice systems, shows the varying strengths, weaknesses, and similarities across states.
|Posted to Web: September 23, 2011||Publication Date: September 23, 2011|
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