Other state information systems include data collected from sheriffs,
police and the courts. Like ADRS, the FBI-sponsored Uniform Crime Report
program is also maintained at OSBI. Current data provided by sheriffs and police
for this program are aggregrated counts of offenses and arrests which cannot be
linked directly to either ADRS or ODOC data. However, a national study funded by
the Bureau of Justice Statistics is likely to recommend that UCR reporting be
expanded to include case-specific information which would permit direct links
between this important information and data collected by other agencies in the
criminal justice system. The Administrative Office of the Judiciary in Oklahoma
compiles information regarding court collections and expenditures and court
caseloads. These data are aggregated as civil and criminal case dispositions
with sub-categories such as divorce, traffic, DUI, felony and misdemeanor.
An important aspect of the expansion of the Department's House Arrest
Program is assuring public safety. Accurate assessment of the risk of violent
behavior from an inmate Is a necessity for this program. The Department has
selected a risk assessment instrument developed in Iowa which came to the
attention of the Department through an article in The Daily Oklahoman newspaper.
It is a well-documented measure, the extended use of which is being supported by
the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Kansas Advisory Committee on Prison
Overcrowding has also recommended use of the instrument in that state.
However, as with other risk measures, it has been determined that juvenile
criminal history is an important indicator of future risk. Currently such data
are not available to the Department of Corrections in Oklahoma.
Actions of the Department of Corrections
Based on the foregoing analysis, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
will take the following actions to ensure prison population growth is controlled
in a manner which is cost effective and efficient while maintaining public safety:
1. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will evaluate and report to the
Board of Corrections the impact of "cap" legislation in terms of population
reduction, cost reduction and recidivism.
2. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will evaluate and report to the Board
of Corrections the impact of the first six months of House Arrest program
activities (October i - April 1) in terms of population reduction, cost
reduction and recidivism, including use of the Iowa Risk Assessment
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