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Criminogenic Thinking among Justice-Involved Persons: Practice Guidelines for Probation Staff

Volume 86 Number 1
June 2022

This article provides probation practice guidelines for addressing criminogenic thinking; that is, thinking patterns and thoughts that facilitate criminal/antisocial behavior. Altering criminogenic thinking entails bringing such thinking to the client’s awareness while using cognitive-behavioral techniques to weaken thoughts that precede risky decisions and reinforcing thoughts that lead to more positive outcomes.