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The Supervision of Low-risk Offenders: How the Low-risk Policy Has Changed Federal Supervision Practices without Compromising Community Safety

Volume 80 Number 1
June 2016

The authors present a preliminary analysis of the federal probation system's recently adopted evidence-based supervision policy for low-risk offenders, asking 1) Have the number of officer/offender interactions changed after implementation of the low-risk policy, 2) What are the recidivism patterns of low-risk offenders supervised by officers before and after the low-risk policy went into effect, and 3) Has the collection of imposed fines and restitution changed following adoption of the low-risk policy?