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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter discusses current policy and program innovations in institutional corrections. Several jurisdictions have made considerable policy and program revisions in order to align correctional practices with evidence-based approaches. The authors present the advances in policies that emphasize the Risk-Need-Responsivity framework, reentry, and good-time credits in order to emphasize how these policies provide a foundation for the expansion of prison programming. Next, novel programming approaches, including efforts to build self-efficacy through strength-based approaches, build attachments and empathy to advance interpersonal skills, and address obstacles to reentry to the community, are reviewed. The link between prison programming and the legitimacy of a prison regime is discussed. Finally, a research agenda designed to advance policy and program innovations in prison settings is presented.

Keywords: prison policy, prison programs, evidence-based corrections programs, institutional corrections, Risk-Need-Responsivity

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