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Evidence-Based Probation Supervision Programs

The department is in the process of implementing Evidence Based Practices (EBP) in community corrections. EBP is based on a large body of research (evidence through meta-analysis that demonstrates what works to change offender behavior. A federal stimulus JAG grant has allowed the department to purchase a researched and validated risk assessment tool to assess risk to reoffend, determine criminogenic needs and target appropriate interventions for adult probationers. This tool is predictive of recidivism in general and high-risk violence, property and drug offenses in particular. This instrument will allow the department to improve the classification of adult offenders, target higher risk offenders for specific interventions and assist in individualizing supervision plans to provide offenders with opportunities for behavior chance. Department staff have been involved in intensive skill training and will be using the Assessments.com STRONG risk assessment tool this fiscal year.

Community Corrections Performance Inventive Funds Act of 2009 (CCIPF)

The community Corrections Incentive Act (SB 678) is intended to achieve two major changes in the probation system. First, it encourages the development of evidence-based intervention programs through the establishment in each county of a "community corrections program," which is defined as a "system of felony probation supervision services" implemented by probation with the advice of a county interagency Community Corrections Partnership (CCP). Second, the Act seeks to "reduce the felony probation failure rate (recidivism) by investing in probation" through creation of sustainable state funding to support implementation of the above evidence-based practices. Funding is based on improved probation outcomes as measured by a reduction in probation failures committed to prison.