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Federal Probation Journal - December 2012

Federal Probation Journal (December 2012) is dedicated to informing its readers about current thought, research, and practice in corrections and criminal justice. Explore the issue.

This Issue in Brief

Development and Implementation of a Case Review Conference Model for Juveniles: A Structured Approach to Learning from Unsuccessful Probationers

By Paula Smith, Ryan M. Labrecque, W. E. Smith, Edward J. Latessa

The medical field routinely uses mortality and morbidity reviews (MMRs) to enhance medical education and improve patient care through the critical examination of case studies. The University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute modeled the structure and content of the Case Review Conference (CRC) from the MMR medical model to provide corrections professionals with an opportunity to identify individual service changes as well as system-based issues in a community-based setting. The authors describe the CRC process in detail, summarize the results from a pilot project, and provide recommendations for future applications.

When a Person Isn’t a Data Point: Making Evidence-Based Practice Work

By Christopher T. Lowenkamp, Alexander M. Holsinger, Charles R. Robinson, Francis T. Cullen

While the field of corrections has increased the quality of programming and services over the years, the authors argue that the Evidence- Based Practices (EBP) movement in the field of corrections is widespread but still shallow. In an effort to illustrate how the field has thus far missed the essence of EBP in corrections, the authors present the history of EBP in the medical field, their observations of EBP in the correctional system, and recommendations to effectively implement EBP and achieve the maximum results of this paradigm.

Collaboration in Juvenile Justice: A Multi-Agency Study

By N. Prabha Unnithan, Janis Johnston

The authors assessed collaboration as part of an evaluation of a county-based multi-agency juvenile program. They found that while designated outcomes were achieved, collaboration was minimal, with disagreements about funding and based on the ideological orientations of participating agencies. Among obstacles to collaboration were communication problems, swings in attendance and representation, variable data gathering, and the unknown effectiveness of contracted programs and services.

Offender Workforce Development Specialists and Their Impact on the Post-Release Outcomes of Ex-Offenders

By Eric Lichtenberger

The author highlights the findings of a program evaluation that used post-release outcome information, among other sources, to determine the impact of the National Institute of Correction’s (NIC) Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) program as it was implemented by the Kansas Department of Corrections. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the extent to which the OWD specialists, and the program itself, had contributed to the successful reentry of ex-offenders.

Reentry Initiatives: A Study of the Federal Workforce Development Program

By Kelley B. McNichols

The federal Workforce Development Program (WFD) was established to assist ex-offenders in their transition from prison into the community setting. The author looked at a sample of offenders in a workforce development program to find characteristics of probationers that are associated with and predictive of successful reentry.

Inmates Who Receive Visits in Prison: Exploring Factors that Predict

By Richard Tewksbury, David Patrick Connor

The authors sought to identify factors associated with inmates that may influence the frequency of their receipt of visits inside prison. Their analysis centered on how both demographic and prison experience characteristics influence an inmate’s number of visits.

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