A Ten-Step Guide to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism

Source: Tony Fabelo, Geraldine Nagy, Seth Prins, Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, August 2011

From the summary:
The first section describes how officials can engage key stakeholders, evaluate agency policies, and develop a strategic plan for implementing reform; the second section provides recommendations for redesigning departmental policies and practices; and the final section includes steps for making the department transformation permanent. The report provides numerous examples of how these steps were used in one probation department in particular (Travis County, Texas). Since transforming its operations between 2005 and 2008, the Travis County probation department has seen felony probation revocations decline by 20 percent and the one-year re-arrest rate for probationers fall by 17 percent (compared with similar probationers before the departmental overhaul).

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