The Platte Institute for Economic Research released the results of their “Securing Nebraska: Correctional Policy Improvements in the Cornhusker State” report that includes recommendations for corrections reform.
According to the Platte Institute, corrections policies which incarcerate but don’t reduce recidivism fail taxpayers and public safety Communications and Outreach Director Adam Weinberg says they looked at what other states were doing that showed a good success rate.
Weinberg says Arizona implemented a time credit program for probationers that included self improvement goals and in the first two years the number of those on probation convicted of new felonies fell by more than 31%. Kentucky implemented a presumptive probation program for low level drug possession offenses and strengthened probation and treatment programs in 2012. Early results show the FBI index crime rate dropped more than 9% in 2013.
Other recommendations the study recommends include:
Substance abuse probation with daily reporting and jail time sanctions for failure of random drug testing has shown good results in other states.
Nebraska should consider carving out a post-release community supervision period at the end of longer sentences. Comparable offenders released without supervision are 36% more likely to commit another offense.
Graduated public record sealing laws and limited liability for employers who hire ex-offenders can improve economic opportunities for those with a record.
Nebraska should end direct release of offenders held in solitary confinement.
The complete report is available at PlatteInstitute.org.