Applying Procedural Justice Principles in Adult Probation


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
11:45 AM - 12:45 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Everyone benefits when probation is administered fairly and in keeping with principles of procedural justice. The Urban Institute, American Probation and Parole Association, and Center for Court Innovation, with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, have partnered to develop and pilot a new procedural justice training curriculum for probation officers. Training sessions on procedural justice provide a structure for understanding how individuals involved in the criminal justice system should be treated by those in positions of authority, clarifying how treating those individuals with fairness and respect supports more positive interactions, improves their attitudes toward their supervising officers and the law, and ultimately results in greater supervision compliance. This workshop will discuss foundational procedural justice principles and techniques and how they may be utilized in a community supervision setting. Additionally, faculty will provide an overview of the current pilot project and future research efforts.


Caitlin Flood
Senior Policy Specialist, Center for Court Innovation

Caitlin is a senior program manager on the training and technical assistance team. In this role, she provides consulting and training services to jurisdictions on the topics of procedural justice and problem-solving justice, including support of the 2018 Community Court Grant Program. Before joining the Center, Ms. Flood worked on securing grant funding and developing reentry programs at The Fortune Society, a reentry non-profit in Queens serving individuals with justice involvement. Ms. Flood began her legal career as a public defender at the Office of the Public Defender, Hudson County Trial Region (NJ), representing individuals facing felony charges. She holds a B.A. in Government & Law and Philosophy from Lafayette College and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

Megan Foster
, American Probation and Parole Association

Megan Foster is a program analyst with the American Probation and Parole Association. In this role, she manages and works on a variety of APPA’s grant-funded projects. These projects range from training and technical assistance to research and evaluation of community supervision programs. Her projects have included workforce and workload issues, tribal program, victims’ issues in community supervision, justice reform and implementation of evidence-based practices. Prior to coming to APPA, she worked as a direct practitioner and program manager in victims’ services and reentry programs. She has specialized experience working in reentry with women and families as well as training and implementation of trauma-informed practices and programs. Megan received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University and her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Emily Gold LaGratta
Deputy Director, TA, Center for Court Innovation

Emily is the deputy director of training and technical assistance and director of procedural justice initiatives. In this role, she provides consulting services to jurisdictions and develops practitioner resources on a variety of topics. She helps oversee the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative and its Community Court Grant Program in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. Emily also leads the Center's technical assistance efforts on the topic of procedural justice and has served as the project manager for the Improving Courtroom Communications project. She provides and coordinates training, site assessments, and site-based implementation efforts for jurisdictions interested in improving litigant perceptions of fairness. Before joining the technical assistance team, she was on the planning team for several New York-based initiatives, including the Brownsville Community Justice Center and Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. She is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Jesse Janetta
Senior Policy Fellow, The Urban Institute

Jesse Jannetta is a senior policy fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads projects on prison and jail reentry, community-based violence reduction strategies, and community supervision. He is the project director for the Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation Fund and co-leads the Risk Assessment Clearinghouse Project. He was previously project director for the Transition from Jail to Community initiative and coprincipal investigator for evaluations of the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development strategy and the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. He applies mixed-methods approaches to process and impact evaluations and provides direct technical assistance to jurisdictions improving justice system functioning. Before joining Urban, Jannetta was a research specialist at the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine. He conducted several projects, including an evaluation of GPS monitoring for sex offender parolees, an analysis of parole discharge and violation response policies, and an analysis of the role of the Division of Juvenile Justice in the California juvenile justice system, measuring the scope of correctional control in California and assessing inmate and parolee programs in terms of evidence-based program design principles. Jannetta holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.