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A Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis

March 16, 2011 Comments off

A Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis (PDF)
Source: Center for Court Innovation

An overview of law enforcement and government responses to mortgage fraud, foreclosure, and abandoned property, drawing on focus groups sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in January 2009. The focus groups brought together representatives from Indio, CA, Dallas, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Miami, as well as researchers, policymakers, and advocates from financial, housing, and law enforcement organizations.

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Building Support for Justice Initiatives: A Communications Toolkit

March 12, 2011 Comments off

Building Support for Justice Initiatives: A Communications Toolkit
Source: Center for Court Innovation

A manual to help justice practitioners communicate about their work with the public and key institutional stakeholders. Includes 10 key steps for effective communication, extensive links to on-line resources, and guides offering sample logos, brochures and flyers as well as practical tips for communication strategies like “Crafting a Core Message.”

Lessons from the Battle over D.A.R.E.: The Complicated Relationship between Research and Practice

February 23, 2011 Comments off

Lessons from the Battle over D.A.R.E.: The Complicated Relationship between Research and Practice (PDF)
Source: The Center for Court Innovation

An examination of the controversy over D.A.R.E., one of the most well-known and widespread crime prevention programs in the country, which has thrived despite research showing less-than-inspiring results. To its critics, D.A.R.E. is a cautionary tale of how criminal justice programs can live on despite evidence of failure. To its defenders, D.A.R.E. is a case study of resilience in the face of adversity. This paper unpacks the complicated relationship between research and practice, drawing lessons for future programming.

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