Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $749,946)
The Second Chance Act, signed into law on April 9, 2008, provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities, including resources to address the myriad needs of these offenders to achieve a successful return to their communities. As a complement to the Second Chance Act programs, the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Smart Supervision Program (SSP) seeks to improve probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which would in turn reduce admissions to prisons and jails and save taxpayer dollars. Funds can be used either to implement evidence-based supervision strategies or to innovate new strategies to improve outcomes for supervisees. The goals of this program are to develop and test innovative strategies to implement evidence-based probation and parole approaches that improve supervision success rates, thereby increasing community safety, and reduce violent and other crime by effectively addressing individuals risk and needs and reducing recidivism.
The recipient will use award funds to administer the Corrections Intensive Probation Supervision Program (CIPSP) project and will test new policies and strategies in community supervision and treatment to increase public safety and generate savings by addressing two of the primary drivers of incarceration in Louisiana: 1) 60% of offenders are incarcerated for non-violent, non-sex offenses and 2) 23% of annual admissions are revocations of probation and/or parole for technical violations. The CIPSP will be used to promote the use of evidence-based programs and strategies by service providers that provide treatment, aftercare, reentry services, and alternatives to incarceration to those on supervision. The CIPSP will demonstrate the use and efficacy of evidence-based practices and principles to improve the delivery of probation and parole supervision strategies and practices to reduce recidivism utilizing intensified case management and swift, certain, and fair sanctions to offender participants in coordination with program partners. The 150 target participants comprise a subset of high-risk/high-needs non-violent, non-sex offenders, who would not otherwise be considered appropriate for probation supervision, using an alternative model of shorter term incarceration and structured post-release supervision.