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Beating the System: More people are staying out of Prison

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What do these 35 states have in common?  Every one of them has reformed their criminal justice system.  The have reduced Over the past 10 years the US corrections industry has made excellent progress


Pennsylvania is one of the Poised to Reform Probation and Parole


Reducing recidivism and improving the criminal justice system are some of the few truly bipartisan priorities in America today.  The



Congratulations to West Virginia, Virginia, South Dakota, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, and Alabama for improving the outcomes of more



State and local leaders have made recidivism reduction a public safety priority in recent years, pursuing a variety of strategies that are starting to see real results. A broad cross-section of states, 11 of which are profiled here, have experienced impressive declines in their return-to-prison rates since recidivism was at its most recent peak in each state. States measure recidivism in different ways, so the data presented here highlight individual examples of state success and are not for the sake of comparison.* To sustain and expand the results that states are seeing, they must use recidivism reduction methods that work, take them to scale statewide, and rigorously track outcomes.


The National Reentry has published an infographic which outlines the progress of 11 states, from Florida to Massachusettes to Ohio and beyond.


The Changing State of Recidivism: Fewer People Going Back to Prison


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Getting Closer to Customers in 2019: Here we grow Again

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Getting closer to customers is a strategic initiative for Sentinel Offender Services this year. We are doing this by opening new branch offices in communities across the country.  Since January we have opened three new offices. Each location allows us to deliver products, services. and community-based programs and get to know our customers on a more personalized basis.

Every Sentinel office is both identical and unique.
  • Identical because of our commitment to quality management processes that are ISO 9001:2015 Certified. Following this global standard ensures that customers will receive consistent service quality no matter where they do business with us.
  • Unique because the products, services, and programs that are delivered at each location are customized to meet the needs of the local population. Some offices only offer GPS, others installation and retrieval services, while some operate full-service Day Reporting Centers. Whatever the requirement, Sentinel customizes the offering to meet the needs of our customer.

The Riverside County office opened its doors this January in the heart of downtown Riverside, California. From this location, we serve the courts, adult probation, and the Sheriff’s Department with alcohol monitoring, GPS, RF and case management services.  The staff makes weekly visits to local county probation offices to help with any front-line issues.

In April, Fairfield, Ohio office went life! As is often the case at our customer’s request, we are co-located with our customer at the county jail. Supporting Municipal Court, Juvenile Probation and the Court of Common Pleas the Sentinel team delivers GPS tracking, installation and removal and alcohol monitoring services.

Monday, May 6, 2019 marked the grand opening of the Meriden, Connecticut office. Working with several departments in the judicial branch of the state, the office provides dispatch, inventory control services and coordinates the field service team.

Sentinel has had a business relationship with the state of Connecticut for more than 20 years. Investing in a local office allows us to build on that solid foundation. Meriden was the perfect fit, as it is centrally located with easy access to the entire state and has a good business environment.

The Sentinel team welcomed staff from several groups within the judicial branch.  At the ribbon cutting commemorating the occasion, the program director expressed his appreciation for the long-standing relationship with Sentinel and the new investment in a Connecticut office. He stated that this will help Sentinel to better understand nuances associated with traffic and locations that are likely to experience more crime.


Many thanks to all who attended this special event. Below are a few candid snapshots of the reception.

Sentinel Celebrates Second Chance Month 2019

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The US SenateHouse of Representatives, and the White House have all officially proclaimed April 2019 as Second Chance Month in the US.  From the White House proclamation:

“…(we call on) all Americans to commemorate this month with events and activities that raise public awareness about preventing crime and providing those who have completed their sentences an opportunity for an honest second chance.”

Partnering with the National Reentry Resource Center * and other like-minded national organizations, Sentinel Offender Services is helping to bring awareness to the importance of successful offender reentry. Second Chance Month is a time when organizations and individuals focus on the importance of helping convicted criminals to successfully reenter society. This was first observed in the United States in 2017.


The world of offender management has changed since we began this business over 25 years ago. Sentinel Offender Services has changed and evolved as well.  We continue to help court systems, law enforcement, and corrections agencies to serve and protect local communities and help offenders get on the path to a better life.


Many of our most effective programs and tools are delivered every day through local offices, Day Reporting Centers (DRC) and Community Based programs across the US.

Throughout the month of April we look forward to celebrating Second Chance Month. We will share personal successes and new tools and technologies that help offenders stay on a path to a better life.


Research on Offender Programs and Promising Practices

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In case you missed it,  the story linked below includes excellent data on the importance of investing in community-based programs for offenders.

In remarks from June 2018, NIJ Director David B. Muhlhausen emphasizes both the importance of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) and continuing to improve results. He references several studies from the past 10 years or so.

Here is the link to the article.

Three useful takeaways:

  1. Reentry programs that reduce recidivism are more important than ever.  The federal government has invested more than $1 billion in these over the past ten years and has committed another billion over the next ten years.
  2. Program content and delivery should continually improve.  Early programs that support this initiative show some positive results, but not enough.
  3. Programs must track and report results as objectively and scientifically as possible.  This takes time but is essential to have the greatest long-term positive impact on the professional community.

Read about a current Randomized Control Trial for a Day Reporting Center program designed to reduce recidivism in this research brief completed by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in February 2019.