Setting Parole Conditions to Achieve Public Safety

Moving Toward Implementing Practice Improvements and Performance Measurement

If a Board determines they want to undertake an effort to improve condition setting practices, the below seven step process is recommended as a way of moving forward.  Undertaking this process, as a team, will encourage the development of a shared understanding of the current approach to condition setting, provide an opportunity to revisit shared goals and values, and build a commitment to implement agreed-upon changes.   

The remainder of this section moves through these steps to assist parole Boards in exploring current understanding of the research, to explore existing policy/practice, assess whether opportunities for change exist, and plan for desired change.  Regardless of whether Boards are engaging this process as a full body, sub-committee, or working group, it will be important to move through this process as a team.  A team-based approach provides a strong basis for developing a clear, shared understanding of the current situation in which to examine what changes will strengthen their practice.

A "roadmap" that illustrates the steps recommended and provides a way to navigate to a description of each step:

Current Condition Setting Practice Step 1: Convene Board or working group and agree on a charter. Step 2: As a team, complete the NPRC Self-Assessment Tool Kit. Step 3: Review the evidence-based practice research on condition setting. Step 4: Develop a shared understanding of your board's current condition setting practice. Step 5: Consider your Board's goals for condition setting and develop a shared statement for your purpose; convene working sessions to discuss: number of conditions, standard and special conditions, targeting for maximum risk reduction, and conditions for special populations of offenders. Step 6: Develop a strategy to implement changes to condition setting policy and practice. Step 7: Develop a plan to measure performance.

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Step 1: Convene Board or working
group and agree on a charter.