(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Justice and the New Hampshire Department of Corrections hosted a symposium on Community Corrections and Diversion Court programs on Thursday, February 17, 2011. Two experts in the fields provided information on the latest research and what works in Community Corrections as well as a breakout session on Drug/Mental Health Court teams.
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney said, “The symposium highlighted our best practices in community corrections and identified strategies we can employ to improve public safety by achieving better outcomes for our prison population.”
Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “The information presented to us today was based on the most current research into the best practices of Corrections. We have a better understanding of which evidence-based practices lower prison populations, enhance success for offenders, and increase public safety within our communities.”
The first speaker was Dr. Edward J. Latessa, a Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He has published over 110 books in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice and has directed over 100 funded research projects including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. He focused on the need to provide consistent, evidence-based, cognitive behavioral treatment as a way to lower recidivism.
The second speaker was Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., who is a Senior Scientific Consultant for the Treatment Research Institute, Chief of Science and Policy for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He spoke about the need to provide the right treatment to the right offenders.
About one hundred participants from the Department of Corrections, County Departments of Corrections, the Department of Justice, the Judiciary, and representatives from community-based providers attended the symposium. The two speakers also gave a short presentation to legislators.