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October 5, 2005

Fascinating new paper on community supervision from Vera Institute

The Vera Institute of Justice has produced a fascinating new paper exploring the important question, "Can community supervision compete with incarceration as a means of crime control?".  The new paer is entitled "Probation Reform: Is Zero Tolerance a Viable Option?" and is available at this link.  Here is the brief description of the paper from the Vera Institute:

Can community supervision compete with incarceration as a means of crime control?  Mark Kleiman, professor of policy studies at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and the author of "When Brute Force Fails: Strategic Thinking for Crime Control," believes it can.  At a July 2005 roundtable discussion sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Kleiman told a group of researchers and prominent community supervision administrators, "If we get [community supervision] right, we could cut incarceration by 50 percent, have less crime rather than more crime, and spend the same amount of money."  This paper, produced by the Vera Institute of Justice with support from NIJ, summarizes the discussion between Kleiman, who has proposed a new model of community corrections based on his theoretical work, and his audience of researchers and community corrections administrators, who represent a wealth of practical experience.

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Doc, this was pretty much the motivation for HB 2193, which was passed by the Texas Legislature this spring but vetoed by Gov. Perry. The idea was to cut probation lengths in half, reduce caseloads, and use drug courts, intermediate sanctions, and other probation-strengthening tools to better supervise offenders instead of incarcerating them during the period they're most likely to re-offend. I wrote about narrow the piece of TX probation reform that DID pass, BTW, here:

http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2005/08/silver-linings-probation-strengthening.html

Thanks for this, Doc, good stuff.

Posted by: Scott | Oct 7, 2005 8:48:29 AM

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