Developing Model Community Corrections Programs

Reducing recidivism is a key goal for probation and parole programs. Researchers have found that some probationary practices result in oversupervising low-risk probationers while underserving those with the greatest needs (usually the high-risk repeat offenders), which leads to greater recidivism.

NIJ has partnered with other agencies to develop and evaluate model community corrections programs that use evidence-based practices. These include proper offender assessment tools, continuous organizational monitoring using performance-based measures, and different interventions for low-risk offenders than for high-risk offenders. [1]

Notes

[1] See Implementing Performance-Based Measures in Community Corrections, by H.N. Boone, Jr. and B.A. Fulton, June 1996, NCJ 158836, and Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections: The Principles of Effective Implementation, National Institute of Corrections, April 2004.

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011