August 17, 2020
The purpose of the Research in Brief series is to evaluate popular or emerging policy and practice options pertaining to adults in the criminal justice system to determine whether there is an evidence base to support them. The briefs were written after researchers reviewed the best available research on the topics in the briefs. Researchers assessed the strength of the evidence in terms of the rigor of the research supporting these topics. In order to evaluate the strength of the research evidence in a standardized way, Robina Institute researchers created and followed an Evidence Assessment Criteria and a Hierarchy of Study Design.