Paroling Authority Self-Assessment Toolkit

Practice Target 8:

Develop policy-driven, evidence-informed responses to parole violations that incorporate considerations of risk, criminogenic need and severity, assure even-handed treatment of violators, and utilize resources wisely.

Reductions in recidivism are associated with the targeting of evidence-based interventions according to offenders risk and criminogenic needs. When their non-compliance behavior is related to criminogenic needs—responses that link medium and high risk offenders with interventions can be effective in reducing violations. Responses to violations should be swift, certain and proportional20. Further, boards should consider the use of incentives as a powerful tool in shaping offender behavior and promoting positive behavioral change. To this end, offenders should be engaged through a range of incentives and rewards for positive progress toward specified goals and other prosocial behaviors21. Finally, Boards should be aware that the risk of recidivism is highest in the initial weeks and months following release from prison; recidivism rates stabilize in years two and three22 and resource decisions about how much and the types of interventions and conditions needed may be modified as appropriate over time.

Using the assessment scale below, select a response to each question that (in your judgment) best reflects how fully your state and your board currently implement this aspect of the practice target under consideration. After clicking the “submit” button at the end of this section, you can view and print a summary of your responses that you can then use to guide a discussion with your fellow board members.


Does your board:

Support its supervision partners to frontload supervision and support services for reentering offenders, providing more intensive services initially, and then diminishing the intensity over time as offenders' behavior dictates?
No Progress
Toward Implementation
Some Significant Progress
Toward Implementation
Full Implementation Unknown
1 2 3 4 5
Assign supervision conditions that are directly related to the risk level of the offender, and his/her criminogenic needs?
No Progress
Toward Implementation
Some Significant Progress
Toward Implementation
Full Implementation Unknown
1 2 3 4 5
Work with its supervision partners to agree on an approach to supervision that includes incentives to encourage desired behaviors?
No Progress
Toward Implementation
Some Significant Progress
Toward Implementation
Full Implementation Unknown
1 2 3 4 5

Work with its supervision partners to agree on a policy-driven approach to violations that includes responses to violations that:

Are quick, certain, and consistent?
No Progress
Toward Implementation
Some Significant
Progress Toward Implementation
Full Implementation Unknown
1 2 3 4 5
Are based upon the severity of the violation and the risk of the offender?
No Progress
Toward Implementation
Some Significant Progress
Toward Implementation
Full Implementation Unknown
1 2 3 4 5
Both hold offenders accountable, and provide problem-solving interventions to reduce the likelihood of future violations?
No Progress
Toward Implementation
Some Significant Progress
Toward Implementation
Full Implementation Unknown
1 2 3 4 5
In your judgment, how would you characterize your board’s progress in this area, considering the expectations/characteristics outlined above, and the previous discussion?
In your judgment, how would you rate the IMPORTANCE of bringing this practice target to full implementation in order for you to accomplish your goals as a paroling authority? Why?

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