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Reducing Recidivism through Mobile and Machine Learning Technologies

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $923,138)

The Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) provides opportunities to increase community corrections agencies’ ability to assist in reducing crimes committed by those supervised in the community.

The goal of the FY 2019 ISI is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies to increase probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision. Such efforts would reduce crime, admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. ISI is part of BJA’s Innovations in Public Safety portfolio, also known as the “Innovations Suite.”

The Innovations Suite of programs invests in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies that are effective and economical. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime challenges they are facing and to direct resources to the highest priorities. The Innovations Suite of programs represents a strategic approach that leverages innovative applications of analysis, technology, and evidence-based practices with the goal of improving performance and making America safer. Successful partnerships between practitioners and researchers require investments of planning, time, communication, complementary skills, and adequate resources.

The grantee will use their 2019 ISI funds to develop place-based supervision strategies to reduce distances between clients and supervision offices and treatment centers. KYDOC proposes an innovative project that uses mobile and machine learning technologies to reduce recidivism by bringing effective supervision strategies directly into clients' lives through their smartphones. This project targets specific barriers to compliance by making existing programs and services more accessible, encouraging positive behavioral changes, and identifying which clients pose the highest and lowest risks for recidivism.


Date Created: September 30, 2019