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The effects of post-release community supervision reform

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Journal of Experimental Criminology Volume: 26 Dated: 2022
Date Published

This article presents the research methodology and outcomes for a test of the effects of being assigned to a collaborative model of post-release community supervision on high-risk male clients who were undergoing the community re-entry process after incarceration.


The authors of this paper report on their research testing the effects of assignment to a collaborative model of post-release community supervision (PRCS), which emphasizes release planning, prioritizes the officer-client relationship, and invites the client to actively participate in their re-entry process. Their methodology consisted of the conditionally exogenous assignment of 261 high-risk, male clients to the collaborative Pathways Home Program or a traditional PRCS supervision model. All clients were released from California state prison to PRCS in Alameda County, California, between December 31, 2018, and July 31, 2020. The authors found that clients assigned to the collaborative model were 17 percentage points more likely than the control group to report to their first probation meeting within the required 48 h following release. In the longer-term, they found that intervention clients were 14 percentage points less likely to have their probation revoked during the year following release, relative to those assigned to the traditional probation model. Results demonstrated that a collaborative model of post-release community supervision holds promise for helping high-risk clients successfully complete their supervision term. Publisher Abstract Provided

Date Published: January 1, 2022