June 22, 2017
Categories: community-based

By CSG Justice Center Staff

JRStockImageSquareNorth Dakota Presiding District Court Judge Frank Racek is calling for state leaders to work together to transform the current system for delivering community-based services to people in the criminal justice system to one that follows risk, needs, and responsivity principles. Judge Racek argues that the system for delivering rehabilitative treatment must:

  • Focus on people’s individual criminogenic needs;
  • Assess people promptly to help inform decisions and create action plans;
  • Respond to program participants’ setbacks appropriately; and
  • Evaluate programs regularly to ensure that they’re effective.

Judge Racek was a member of the Incarceration Issues Committee, which met throughout 2016 to study North Dakota’s criminal justice system. As a result, North Dakota enacted SB 2015 in April 2017, which allocated $7.5 million to expand the availability of and access to community-based behavioral health services for people in the criminal justice system.

Read more about Judge Racek’s views on rehabilitation here.

Source: JusticeCenter