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Federal Probation Journal - June 2013

Federal Probation Journal (June 2013) is dedicated to informing its readers about current thought, research, and practice in corrections and criminal justice. Explore the issue.

This Issue in Brief

Overcoming Legal Barriers to Reentry: A Law School-Based Approach to Providing Legal Services to the Reentry Community

By Todd A. Berger, Joseph A. DaGrossa

Offenders returning home after serving terms of incarceration face an assortment of barriers to reentry, many of which are legal-related. The authors describe a joint effort undertaken by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Rutgers University School of Law (Camden) to provide legal services to offenders designed to overcome some of these legal barriers to reentry and assist them in their reintegration.

Policy Implications of Police-Probation/Parole Partnerships: A Review of the Empirical Literature

By Adam K. Matz, Bitna Kim

Over the past decade, aligning with the tenets of community policing and community corrections, there has been a growing interest in police-probation/parole partnerships. The authors review the literature on police-probation/parole partnerships, summarize the strength of partnerships, and provide recommendations to mediate unintended negative effects.

Community Management of Offenders: The Interaction of Social Support and Risk

By Anna Macklin

One factor beginning to gain attention in the management of offenders in the community is the role of social capital including social support and social bonds. The author examines how social support can be supported through effective practice by probation and parole officers, arguing that the literature on effective correctional practice offers guidance on how to improve the incorporation of social support within offender management processes, including findings on effective practices for particular types of offenders.

Creating a Supervision Tool Kit: How to Improve Probation and Parole

By Lily Gleicher, Sarah M. Manchak, Francis T. Cullen

Recent research reveals two “tools” that probation and parole officers can use in their interactions with supervisees to lessen recidivism: building quality relationships with offenders and using risk-need-responsivity (RNR) principles to guide the content of office visits. The authors encourage systematic efforts to expand the number of evidence-based tools that officers can employ to improve the effectiveness of offender supervision.

Using Research to Improve Pretrial Justice and Public Safety: Results from PSA’s Risk Assessment Validation Project

By Spurgeon Kennedy, Laura House, Michael Williams

The authors provide a descriptive overview of a new pretrial assessment instrument designed by the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA). As the implementation process moves forward and PSA compiles and analyzes data on the instrument, the authors plan to present more detailed information on the implementation process and data analysis.

Officer Stress Linked to CVD: What We Know

By James M. Vicini Jr.

The author presents the results of a number of researchers into causes of law enforcement officer health incidents, especially focusing on the role of varied stressors and their link to cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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