WSIPPWashington State Institute for Public Policy
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In Washington, a similar analysis was conducted by the WSIPP regarding an expiring law that provided for "earned release time" for inmates who "demonstrated] good behavior and participated] in treatment programs in prison." (159) The WSIPP found that the earned release time program not only saved taxpayers money up front by reducing the amount of time inmates spent in prison, but also created benefits down the road by reducing long-term recidivism and by increasing earnings for offenders.
In Washington, for example, the WSIPP analyzed the costs and benefits of pre-K education for low-income children, as well as of an intensive nurse visitation program for low-income women having their first child.
(8) See WsippBenefitCostTechnicalDocumentation.pdf for more details on the WSIPP cost-benefit analysis methodology.
If you're missing information, you may be able to fill those gaps with WSIPP reference data.
Take, for example, cognitive behavioral therapy, a treatment program for adult criminal offenders that the Legislature asked WSIPP to assess in 2009.
(360.) These numbers are calculated by adding the low and high estimates of the costs of prison crime to the costs of incarceration described by the WSIPP, see id.
These estimates are deflated and converted into daily costs, which in turn are used to adjust the daily prison costs found by the WSIPP. See id.
Through this initiative, WSIPP began using cost-benefit analysis in an effort to determine which programs made economic sense for Washington and also lowered recidivism rates.
WSIPP has since moved into other areas, including child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, K-12 education and adult corrections.
To implement this project, WAJCA contracted with Allvest to develop the software tool and manage program installation and training in collaboration with WAJCA members and WSIPP. A special committee of WAJCA acted as the project advisory board and oversaw all activities.
Robert Barnoski of WSIPP. The instrument evolved from the Wisconsin Instrument and the Early Intervention Project, and incorporates current research findings, as well as current treatment strategies, such as emphasis on both risk and protective factors.