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Elements of Change

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The Office of Research and Statistics distributes a quarterly newsletter, Elements of Change This newsletter highlights trends and issues in the criminal justice system such as alcohol and drug use, special correctional populations, crime prevention, sentencing patterns, and new laws.

Elements of Change is the easiest way to understand what the Office of Research and Statistics (ORS) is all about. The content of Elements of Change serves as an excellent reflection of the issues and projects that the Research Unit is working on at any given time.

The primary goal of the newsletter is to deliver research information in a concise manner so that everyone can take advantage of up-to-the-minute criminal justice information.

  • May 2012 (vol 16/no 1) 1.31 MB PDF File
    Evidence-Based Practices Implementation for Capacity (EPIC)
  • April 2010 (vol 14/no 1) 544KB PDF File
    Why has prison growth slowed?
     
  • May 2008 (vol 12/no 1) 374KB PDF File
    Colorado Sex Offender Risk Scale (SORS): Nine year follow-up
     
  • September 2006 (vol 10/no 2) 318KB PDF File
    Crisis Intervention Teams: A Community-Based Initiative
    Recipient of the Phillip Hoke National Publications Award for Excellence in the Research/Policy Analysis Category presented by The Justice Research & Statistics Association October 2007

     
  • July 2006 (vol 10/no 1) 288KB PDF File
    FY04 Decline in successful Community Corrections completion rates.
     
  • February 2005 (vol 9/no 1) 181KB PDF File
    This special issue takes a look at a Colorado prison-based therapeutic community for sex offenders.
     
  • July 2004 (vol 8/no 1) 208KB PDF File
    This issue takes a look at institutional sex offenders and their risk out in the community.
     
  • April 2003 (vol 7/no 2) 334KB PDF File
    Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 2002 Adult Prison and Parole Population Projections and Juvenile Detention, Commitment, and Parole Population Projections.
       
  • January 2003 (vol 7/no 1) 339KB PDF File
    Special issue that looks at drug use in Denver, Colorado.
      
  • August 2002 (vol 6/no 2) 139KB PDF File
    Special issue looking at Community Corrections in Colorado.
     
  • Jan/Apr 2001 (vol 6/no 1) 203KB PDF File
    Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 2000 Adult Prison and Parole Population Projections and Juvenile Detention, Commitment, and Parole Population Projections.
     
  • October 2000 (vol 5/no 4) 150KB
    Special issue looking at issues surrounding the polygraph (whether it is reliable, admissible, and ethical) and the polygraph's role as a containment tool for convicted sex offenders in the community.
     
  • July 2000 (vol 5/no 3) 104KB PDF File
    Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 1999 Juvenile Detention, Commitment, and Parole Population Projections.
       
  • April 2000 (vol 5/no 2) 186KB PDF File
    Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 1999 Adult Prison and Parole Population Projections.
     
  • January 2000 (vol 5/no 1) 172KB PDF File
    Special issue looking at the use of the polygraph and treatment with convicted adult sex offenders to reveal crossover in offending patterns.  
  • July 1999 (vol 4/no 3) 246KB PDF File
    • Drug charges vs. convictions.
    • Most serious offense charged, Denver metro vs. non-Denver Colorado.
    • Most serious drug offense charged, Denver metro vs. non-Denver Colorado.
    • Placement by most serious offense charged.
    • Behavior severity score by placement.
    • Five year crime trends.
       
  • April 1999 (vol 4/no 2) 81KB PDF File
    • Sex offender community notification.
    • American Indians and crime.
       
  • January 1999 (vol 4/no 1) 93KB PDF File
    • Fall 1998 prison population projections.
    • Sexually violent predator risk assessment scale.
    • United States homicide rates (looking at gun involvement and age)
       
  • October 1998 (vol 3/no 4) 99KB PDF File
    A special report from the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Research Project (a collaboration between the Piton Foundation and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice). Profiles of alcohol and other drug use by youth in juvenile detention.
     
  • July 1998 (vol 3/no 3) 89KB PDF File
    • Case processing evaluation of the Denver Drug Court.
    • New criminal justice legislation enacted by the 1998 Colorado General Assembly.
    • Who's high on what when committing a crime?
    • Drug use, age at onset.
       
  • April 1998 (vol 3/no 2) 94KB PDF File
    • Fall 1997 prison population projections.
    • Sex offender issues (Sex Offender Management Board, the polygraph, and lifetime supervision).
    • Fraternity and sorority involvement in heavy drinking.
       
  • October 1997 (vol 2/no 4) 88KB PDF File
    • A look at four proven prevention strategies.
    • The bottom line, cost-effectiveness of prevention.
    • Some local (Colorado) prevention options.
       
  • July 1997 (vol 2/no 3) 86KB PDF File
    • Juvenile crime funnel (comparison of juvenile population, arrests, detainees, probations, and commitments).
    • A profile of juvenile detainees by school status, income, ethnicity, and family composition.
    • Most serious charge/top five charges for juvenile detainees.
    • Admission and population trends at Colorado juvenile secure detention facilities.
       
  • April 1997 (vol 2/no 2) 1.41MB PDF File
    • Mandatory Parole.
    • Plea practices.
    • Juvenile detention and commitment population projections.
    • Most harmful drug substances.
       
  • July 1996 (vol 1/no 2) 1.41MB PDF File
    • Juvenile detainees.
    • Crime funnel.
    • Plea practices.
    • Adult incarceration.
    • Internet workshop.
       
  • April 1996 (vol 1/no 1) 1.52MK PDF File
    • Arrest rates.
    • Adult sex offender management.
    • Drug use trends.
    • Juvenile incarceration.
    • Employment and program outcome.  

 

 
 
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