Blog & News

Supervised Women: Global Increases and How to Help

March is Women’s History Month, offering a great opportunity to review issues related to women in the criminal justice system.  Criminal behavior does not discriminate by gender but women in particular have a greater lack of services upon entering this system.  At the SAW Project, we promote changing supervision practices so that offenders can reside in their home, parent children, maintain jobs, and pay taxes; all while being held accountable

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2021 Year in Review

What an interesting year it’s been! Like many others, the pandemic has challenged us at the SAW Project, but our goal of bringing positive change to the global supervision industry through international collaboration has continued. Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to achieve significant accomplishments. 2-Minute Insight Series This year we launched our series called ‘2-Minute Insights’ which now includes over 70 video interviews. Insights were gathered from

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April is Second Chance Month

It is so exciting that President Biden agrees with the SAW Project mission!  In his Presidential action dated March 31, 2021, he proclaimed April 2021 as Second Chance Month and stated: “After incarcerated individuals serve their time, they should have the opportunity to fully reintegrate into society.”  We could not agree more.  Our mission at the SAW Project is to share details of effective supervision practices so that we can

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REDUCING TIME BEHIND BARS

A proposed policy by the Minnesota Department of Corrections would allow inmates to leave prison earlier if they show progress toward their rehabilitation. What a concept! Since the 18th century we have lived with a prison model for ‘correction’.  In fact, America’s first prison was founded in 1790 by the Pennsylvanian Quakers.  It was thought that prisoners would spend time being penitent, leading to behavior change, and thus, this place

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Gary Hill: Expert in Action

Recently I was honored to interview Gary Hill, Chief Executive Officer of CEGA Services and President of Contact Center, Inc., a private, nonprofit, international information and referral clearinghouse. He tells us about the history and purpose of these important agencies and how they’ve impacted community corrections. We are lucky to have him as a SAW Project Advisory Board member. Gary works internationally on a regular basis.  During our conversation, he shares

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David Byrne as Role Model

David Byrne has become my role model.  Why?  Because along with creating the coolest music and musical performance EVER (in my humble opinion), he has created an amazing website for sharing ideas to improve our world called Reasons to Be Cheerful. His tagline?  “Because the world is full of better ways.”  In his own words: “I thought to myself, “If somebody else figures something out, if it has been tested, proven

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Interview with APPA Executive Director

The American Probation and Parole Association is our partner organization in the SAW Project. Check out this interview with Veronica Cunningham, Executive Director of the APPA.https://lnkd.in/eYd5Cqh Veronica shares details about the APPA and why she believes the SAW Project is so important!

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Japan’s Volunteer Probation Officers

In 2015, I had the honor of speaking with a delegation of Probation Administrators from Japan and learning core elements of their community supervision practices.  One specific component that was very interesting to me dealt with their utilization of Volunteer Probation Officers. This article shares information specific to that model, as well as points that we may consider for application in our local operations.  To see the full article, as

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5th World Congress – CALL FOR PAPERS

The World Congress on Probation and Parole is held every two years. It brings together experts, researchers and practitioners from around the world to promote and develop probation and community corrections through the sharing of practical and academic knowledge. The next event will be held September 28 – October 1, 2021. You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for a presentation at the 5th World Congress on Probation and Parole!

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Improving Reentry from the Inside

Today, I attended the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Webinar: “Reducing Reoffending and Enabling Reintegration”, with Professor Fergus McNeill of the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  This talk was scheduled for presentation at the UN Crime Prevention Congress in Kyoto in April 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Professor McNeill argued that, in order to reduce re-offending, it is crucial to enable reintegration and in fact, this

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