New Report: Implementing the Next Generation of Parole Supervision
Date:  06-22-2018

Findings from the Changing Attitudes and Motivation in Parolees Pilot Study
From MDRC:

Despite an increasing emphasis on reentry services for individuals leaving prison, recidivism rates remain high, and policymakers are searching for ways to help parolees make more successful transitions from prison. One strategy is to incorporate interventions into the parole supervision process. This paper presents findings from the Changing Attitudes and Motivation in Parolees (CHAMPS) study, which examined the implementation of a pilot of one parole-based intervention, known as the Next Generation of Parole Supervision (NG).

MDRC conducted the study, which was funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Drs. Caleb Lloyd and Ralph Serin developed the NG model with funding from NIJ, and the National Institute of Corrections developed the NG curriculum for parole officers. The Bureau of Justice Assistance funded the implementation of NG in the three study sites: Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Des Moines, Iowa.

NG is intended to improve parolee outcomes by enhancing parole officers’ knowledge and the strategies they use during their regular supervision meetings with parolees. Building on existing literature about best practices in parole supervision, the NG curriculum focuses on desistance — a process through which individuals who have been involved in crime change their self-perceived identity and cease participating in crime — and helps parole officers to use parolee-centered conversations to identify and reinforce a parolee’s strengths and to identify potential stabilizing and destabilizing influences in the individual’s life. Continue reading >>>

Read the full report here.