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Federal Probation Journal - June 2012

Federal Probation Journal (June 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

Implication and Impact of the Central District of California’s Suicide Prevention Program for Federal Sex Crime Defendants

By James M. Byrne, Donald Rebovich, Arthur Lurigio, Karin Tusinski Miofsky, Jacob Stowell

Four suicides of sex-crime defendants in the Central District of California from 2004–5 prompted the pretrial services office to “create a program to protect defendants against self-incrimination while managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicidality.” The authors describe implementation of the program and provide a preliminary assessment.

Determining the Long-Term Risks of Recidivism and Registration Failures among Sexual Offenders

By Daniel B. Freedman

The author tracked sexual offenders for recidivism and registration failures for nine years to examine the association between recidivism and registration failures and determine the utility of static risk factors, including registration failures, for predicting recidivism.

Characteristics of Parole Violators in Kentucky

By Gennaro F. Vito, George E. Higgins, Richard Tewksbury

The authors draw on data from 10,912 offenders in the state of Kentucky who were paroled and tracked for five years post-release, identifying five statistically significant static predictors of reincarceration for a parole violation.

Computer-Based Employment Applications: Implications for Offenders and Supervising Officers

By Christopher E. Kelly, Jamie J. Fader

Obtaining and maintaining lawful employment is a common condition for community supervision and a critical marker of conventional living that can supplant the “need” to commit crime. The authors present data on the application procedures of 113 retailers and explore the implications of the move from traditional paper applications to computer- and Internet-based ones.

Prisons, Community Partnerships, and Academia: Sustainable Programs and Community Needs

By Peter Boghossian, Megan Glavin, Tom O’Connor, Jeff Boyer, Dave Conway

The authors describe the elements of a successful, sustainable community partnership between Portland State University and an Oregon Department of Corrections state prison, explaining the benefits and obstacles of academic-prison partnerships for all parties.

The Probationer’s Perspective on the Probation Officer-Probationer Relationship and Satisfaction with Probation

By Brian DeLude, Damon Mitchell, Charles Barber

The primary purpose of the study was to examine the association between probationers’ perception of their relationship with their PO and their sense of the overall helpfulness of probation. In addition, the authors examined whether probationers’ perception of this relationship varied by demographic characteristics or probation characteristics and ascertained the general satisfaction level of the probationers.

Supervision Fees: State Policies and Practice

By Paul Peterson

The author describes the varied history of states’ policies and practices in imposing and collecting supervision fees, and measures of their effectiveness.

Developing Leaders in the Federal Courts: Twenty Years of the Federal Judicial Center’s Leadership Development Program for Probation and Pretrial Services Officers

By Michael Eric Siegel, Alyson J. Higgins, Christine Valentine

In 1992 the Federal Judicial Center designed a Leadership Development Program to promote a new generation of leaders who are aware of the changes in the system and equipped to meet new challenges. The authors describe the genesis of the program and how it works.

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