Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Research in Brief Series

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Research in Brief Series Overview

The purpose of the Research in Brief series is to evaluate popular or emerging policy and practice options pertaining to adults in the criminal justice system to determine whether there is an evidence base to support them. The briefs were written after researchers reviewed the best available research on the topics in the briefs. Researchers assessed the strength of the evidence in terms of the rigor of the research supporting these topics. In order to evaluate the strength of the research evidence in a standardized way, Robina Institute researchers created and followed an Evidence Assessment Criteria and a Hierarchy of Study Design.

Research in Brief Publications

Use of Electronic Monitoring in Community Corrections

Drug Testing as a Condition of Supervision

Domestic Violence Courts

Reentry Courts

Use of Residency Restriction Laws for Individuals Convicted of Sex Offenses

Use of Registration and Notification for Individuals Convicted of Sex Offenses

Use of Structured Sanctions and Incentives in Probation and Parole Supervision

Capping Probation Supervision Terms

Goal-Based Supervision

Training Community Supervision Staff in the Use of Core Correctional Practices

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Community Supervision

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Research for the initial briefs in this series was conducted to support the development of a comprehensive policy framework for improving probation and parole systems nationwide. The Pew Charitable Trusts and Arnold Ventures convened an expert advisory council to review the research and available evidence on best practices, and to make recommendations on policies for the framework. The resulting report, “Policy Reforms Can Strengthen Community Supervision,” presents a roadmap for state lawmakers and community supervision practitioners to decrease the size of the supervised population, reduce the use of incarceration as a sanction for rule violations, and increase successful outcomes for people on probation and parole.

The Research in Brief series was prepared with support from Arnold Ventures.

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