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Effective Community Supervision Programming

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This entry describes and discusses aspects of a comparatively recent innovation in criminal justice services, which has taken hold in a number of countries: the development and implementation of structured programs designed with the specific purpose of reducing the recidivism rates of participants. While such programs have been delivered both in prison and community settings, the present entry focuses primarily on the latter. Following an introduction of some basic concepts, the entry provides an account of the theoretical rationale that underpins this departure, and reviews sources of evidence on the principle of risk-need assessment which has informed the choice of methods and contents used in programs of this type. This is illustrated with reference to some well-established types of program, before turning to a discussion of some of the practical issues arising from engaging in work of this type.

Several key issues are then examined, including the following: the evaluation...

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McGuire, J. (2014). Effective Community Supervision Programming. In: Bruinsma, G., Weisburd, D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_483

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