June 2014  Vol. 32, No. 2



Assessing Attitudes Towards Defendants with Mental Illness

Evaluation of Utah's Employment Placement Projec: Cross-Agency Collaborations and New Data


Search and Navigation Improvements Made to BJS Website

Bureau of Justice Statistics Receives Policy Impact Award

BJS to Implement 2014 Census of Adult Probation Supervising Agencies

NCJA Announces New Webinar Series


JRSA Hosts Training and Technical Assistance Webinars

Toolkit Series Supports Use of Evidence-Based Practices by SAAs

JRSA Staff Assist DC Grantees with Evaluation Capacity



Ed McGarrell Is New Director of the Michigan SAC


Idaho SAC Reports on State Crime Victimization Survey


Evaluation of the 2013 Community Violence Prevention Program

Evaluation of Chicago Police Department's Crisis Intervention Teams

Evaluation of St. Leonard's Ministries: A Prisoner Reentry Program


Iowa SAC Director Paul Stageberg to Retire in June

Effects of Earned Time for Iowa Inmates Charged with Robbery


Kansas Sentencing Commission Authorized to Make Statewide Supervision and Placement Cutoff Decisions Based Upon the Risk and Needs of the Offender


2014 Crime and Justice Data Book Reports Decline in Maine Index Crime


SAC to Release the Result of a Project Studying Attitudes Toward Defendants with Mental Illness


Crime Analysis Using Vermont NIBRS Data: A Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Universities

West Virginia

Conducting two community corrections research studies

Evaluating the Impact of the Drug Market Intervention

SAC continues to assess LS/CMI implementation

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


Stephen Haas, President
Janeena J. Wing, Vice President
Lisa Shoaf, Secretary/ Treasurer
Danette Buskovick, Delegate
Mark Myrent Delegate
Roger Przybylski, Appointed Delegate
Phillip Stevenson, Past President

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

Shawn Flower, Research Associate
Karen F. Maline, Director of Member Services
Nancy Michel, Director of Publications
Stan Orchowsky, Research Director
Jason Trask, Program Associate
Lisa Walbolt Wagner, Research Associate
Carrie Williamson, Research Associate

Effects of Earned Time for Iowa Inmates Charged with Robbery

The Iowa SAC recently completed the report, An Analysis on the Effects of Earned time for Inmates Charged with Robbery. "Good time" - or "earned time" as it is called in Iowa - is a vehicle by which incarcerated inmates are able to earn time off their sentences. Earned time policies were created to serve two functions: 1) to allow for the management of prison populations, and 2) to promote positive inmate behavior while incarcerated. The purpose of the analysis was to examine the latter contention: do earned time policies achieve their intended purpose by reducing institutional misconduct?

Institutional misconduct rates were examined among inmates who were newly admitted to prison between FY2006 - FY2008 after originally being charged with either Robbery-1 or Robbery-2. A conviction under either of these offenses requires serving a mandatory minimum sentence of 70% of the maximum prison sentence before being eligible for release. The analysis compared misconduct rates between robbery offenders serving a 70% sentence and offenders convicted of an alternative (non-70%) crime.

The analysis found that inmates serving non-70% sentences tended to have higher amounts of total misconduct than the 70% group during early incarceration. Additionally, misconduct rates tended to decrease for both groups as release approached, although this reduction occurred much earlier for the 70% percent group. Lastly, age was one of the strongest and most consistently significant predictors of institutional misconduct.