10 ways of looking at justice CBAs in the real world
It still surprises us: We ask busy, talented people if they’ll write for the CBKB blog—and most of them say yes. We’re grateful to the authors of this year’s guest blog posts, who covered a lot of ground, from policy reform in Alaska to social impact bonds on Rikers Island; from court performance measures to effective corrections programming and youth crime-prevention strategies. We learned a lot about the benefits and costs associated with those initiatives and many others, and we hope you did too.
Our 2013 guest bloggers, listed in alphabetical order:
- Shay Bilchik, director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, and Kristen Kracke, a social science specialist at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), wrote “How do you scale evidence-based programs? A look at OJJDP’s Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative.”
- Teri White Carns, senior staff associate with the Alaska Judicial Council, wrote “How cost-benefit analysis helps Alaska get smarter on crime.”
- Karen Clay, an economic historian and an associate professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, spoke with us about teaching cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to graduate students.
- Grant Duwe, research director for the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), wrote “Why should a corrections agency care about CBA?”
- Sara Heller, an assistant professor of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and a former researcher at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, wrote about a randomized, controlled trial of an intervention for young men from high-crime Chicago neighborhoods, a study that included a CBA. See Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview.
- Tracey Kyckelhahn, a statistician with the Bureau of Justice Statistics and author of the report State Corrections Expenditures, 1982-2010, wrote about the bureau’s sources for justice system costs and some challenges associated with collecting and analyzing them.
- Kristin Misner of the New York City Mayor’s Office wrote about social impact bonds and the ABLE project at Rikers Island.
- Tom Roy, commissioner of the Minnesota DOC, wrote “CBA can help agencies spend limited resources wisely.”
- Marc Schabses, cost-benefit coordinator for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, wrote about how his agency is using CBA as part of its business model.
- Richard Schauffler, director of research services for the National Center for State Courts, wrote about court performance measures, resource allocation, and cost data.