Many of the 13 strategies will sound familiar to regular Grits readers and anyone who has followed Sen. John Whitmire and Rep. Jerry Madden's probation reform initiatives over Texas' last two legislative sessions. They are:
A new policy brief from the Pew Public Safety Performance Project highlights community corrections strategies that can help policy makers and practitioners improve public safety and make better use of scarce public funds. Putting Public Safety First: 13 Strategies for Successful Supervision and Reentry is part of an ongoing series of policy briefs published by The Pew Center on the States. The 13 strategies outlined in this brief were the consensus findings from two meetings of national experts held over the past year by the Urban Institute, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the JEHT Foundation.
This briefing is a companion piece to a longer report produced by the Urban Institute with the support of the JEHT Foundation, NIC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The report includes examples from the field and describes each of the 13 strategies in more detail....
We hope you can use this policy brief to help make the case for more cost-effective corrections in your work with policy makers and managers.
See more detail in Pew's public policy brief and the Urban Institute's full report.
- Define success as recidivism reduction and measure performance
- Tailor conditions of supervision to the individual
- Focus resources on higher risk offenders
- Frontload supervision resources
- Implement earned discharge
- Supervise offenders in their communities
- Engage partners to expand intervention capacity
- Assess criminal risk and need factors
- Balance surveillance and treatment in case plans
- Involve offenders in development of the case plan
- Engage informal social controls
- Use incentives and rewards
- Respond to violations with swift and certain sanctions
RELATED: Ana Yañez Correa from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition had an op ed in the Statesman this week focusing on prisoner reentry strategies that help offenders succeed on community supervision.