Criminal Justice

Entropy Limited has provided criminal justice management support in staff training, master planning, reorganization, population projection, correctional classification, parole and probation release risk assessment, prison industry and criminal behavior patterns.

Corrections Master Planning

In cooperation with the Law & Policy Associates, Entropy Limited studied risk and needs assessment, classification and decision-assist tools for prisons, parole, and community corrections as input to the development of a master plan for Iowa's corrections system. (For the Iowa state legislature.)

Population Projections for Corrections

Entropy Limited provided technical assistance on statistical procedures for population projections for purposes of resource (bed-space and staff loading) management. (For the South Carolina Dept. of Corrections, and the Illinois Dept. of Corrections.)

Correctional System Reorganization

Entropy Limited, under a subcontract from The Resource Group, Inc., prepared population flow schedules to accomplish orderly closedowns in the development of recommended correctional facility, management, personnel and program standards respecting institutional and community based operations of the Texas Youth Council for a court-ordered state-wide reorganization of juvenile correctional institution in Texas.  (For the Morales Implementation Planning Committee and the Mental Health Law Project.)

Law Enforcement Training Impact Evaluation

Entropy Limited, in cooperation with Arthur D. Little, Inc., analyzed data from higher education programs to determine their impact on subsequent employment and future job performance.  This study included characterization of pre-service and in-service students, characterization of the Law Enforcement Education Program and its impact on them, projections of student populations, locations, criminal justice agency needs, and preparation of future guidelines.  (For the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.)

Equitable Treatment of Inmates

Entropy Limited has analyzed data on housing assignments, jobs placement, and disciplinary actions for inmates of different ethnic groups and genders.  Included are facilities in New York, Michigan, Louisiana and others. (For various state agencies, societies and law firms.)

Correctional Industries

In cooperation with Arthur D. Little, Inc., Entropy Limited conducted on-site inspections and detailed analyses of personnel characteristics, education, training, work histories, and post-release employment patterns of former inmates of thirteen correctional institutions in New York State. (For the New York Department. of Correctional Services.)

Post-Release Criminal Behavior Patterns

Using data obtained under a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Entropy Limited analyzed socio-demographic histories, criminal career patterns and trends, and rehabilitation success or failure in post-release employment of institutionalized offenders.

Security and Needs Classification for Corrections

Entropy Limited has provided consulting assistance in the development of dangerousness indices and needs classification systems. (For the National Institute of Corrections and criminal justice and corrections departments of various states including Illinois, Louisiana, Iowa and Oregon.)

Early Release Risk Assessment

Entropy Limited analyzed risks associated with early release of inmates for the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission, Louisiana Parole Board, and the Louisiana Governor's Prison Overcrowding Policy Task Force. EL also provided early release risk assessment technical assistance to the Colorado Parole Board, the Hawaii Adult Probation Dept., the Tennessee Parole Board, the Oregon Criminal Justice Council, the Ohio Parole Board, the Iowa Dept. of Corrections and the District of Columbia's Office of Planning Support and Evaluation.

Parole Guidelines to Reduce Recidivism

Under the initial support of the U.S. Dept. of Justice and subsequent support of the Virginia Parole Board, Entropy Limited developed a system for assessing recidivism risks for parole decision-making by the Board, expressed in specialized scales to assess risk of future violence and felonies by parolees.  These risk scales passed independent Virginia legislative audit and were implemented as a decision-assist tools in the Virginia parole guidelines.  After two year of use, the recidivism rate dropped about 50%.

 

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