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NCJ Number: 251051 Find in a Library
Title: Using Translational Tools To Reduce Recidivism in Hidalgo County, Texas
Corporate Author: George Mason University School of Public Policy
United States of America
Date Published: September 2017
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
George Mason University School of Public Policy
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Grant Number: 2010-DB-BX-K077;
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Case Study; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the features and benefits of an effort to implement evidence-based practices in probation supervision for Hidalgo County, Texas.
Abstract: Beginning in 2012, George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) and the Hidalgo County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) collaborated to implement evidence-based practices for probation supervision. The project involved the use of special translational tools for justice professionals. Such tools assist agencies in converting research evidence into operational practices by using assessment information in case planning and referring individuals to treatment based on their needs and risk factors. Two translational tools were used. One is an eLearning system called Skills for Offender Assessment and Responsivity in New Goals (SOARING2) and the Risks-Need-Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Tool. SOARING2 is designed to educate justice personnel and treatment providers in the skills of evidence-based practices. It is coupled with onsite internal coaching to facilitate use of the skills in practice. The RNR Simulation Tool is designed to provide decision-support services that advance the use of evidence-based practices by linking probationers to appropriate services. These translational tools go beyond educating the population to decision-support activities designed for key justice and/or treatment decisions, because they can transform complicated information into simple information for users. All newly hired probation officers are required to complete SOARING2 eLearning modules as part of their core training. 8 figures and 5 references
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Case studies; Evidence-Based Practices; Probation casework; Probation effectiveness; Probation management; Probation or parole officer training; Probation or parole services; Texas; Treatment offender matching
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