The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Center for Effective Public Policy are pleased to announce the release of NICs publication, Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences
This is a great introduction to a new probation strategy which links the duration of probation supervision to the optimal amount of intervention an offender needs in order to reduce risk of reoffense. This monograph provides a policy and practice framework upon which this new model of supervision can be constructed. It offers a review of evidence-based approaches to reducing recidivism in our communities, the most recent research on dosage, and its applicability to sentencing and community supervision practices. It describes the models promise for increasing community safety through recidivism reduction, as well as achieving fiscal savings by reducing periods of supervision. Finally, the monograph offers a summary of the work of Milwaukee Countys criminal justice stakeholders as they design and conduct the nations first dosage probation experiment. Sections of this publication include: introduction to the dosage model of probation; the principles of effective intervention who we target of intervention matters (the risk principle), what we target for intervention matters (the need principle), how we intervene and interact matters (the responsivity principle), how well interventions are implemented matters, fidelity and integrity of corrections professionals interventions, and the relationship between early termination of supervision and recidivism; adding dosage to the equation how much dosage is delivered matters, and further study needed; implications the dosage probation model of supervision; and dosage probation in Milwaukee County.
The document is authored by Madeline M. Carter, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy and the Honorable Richard J. Sankovitz, Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Please click here
for the full press release. The referenced document is attached.