State Public Safety Project
Contracting Agency: The PEW Charitable Trusts

APPA is currently working with The Pew Charitable Trusts, as host to the Public Safety Performance Project, and in collaboration with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), to help advance Pew’s goal of promoting fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. APPA and NCSC are assisting Pew in helping states develop and adopt effective probation supervision policies and practices around the use of administrative responses, both sanctions and incentives, which align with Pew’s goals and corrections reform efforts.

Summit on Effective Responses to Probation and Parole Violations

On December 11-12, 2012, APPA and its partners, Pew and NCSC, jointly sponsored a convening of representatives from 14 states to address the use of administrative responses in probation and parole supervision. The conference was designed to assist the states by highlighting effective procedures and common performance measures in administrative responses. In addition, it provided an excellent opportunity for individuals to interact with representatives from the legislative, executive and judicial branches in their respective states and others around this timely public safety issue, and to share their experiences and observations with other participants and a faculty of national experts.

Available Products from the Summit

Effective Responses to Offender Behavior: Lessons Learned for Probation and Parole Supervision

Several documents were developed for the Summit (see above). This report highlights key lessons learned around planning and implementation of sanctions and incentives, with particular attention to ways in which states and local jurisdictions can improve effective responses in probation and parole supervision. This report first provides an overview of the research and rationale supporting swift and certain sanctions and responses shown to be effective in community supervision. Second, the report provides key lessons learned based on the feedback received by attendees at the conference. Lastly, the report summarizes practical implications about the use of the effective administrative response approach in community supervision, including directions for future research. A separate executive summary was also developed for the report

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Project Contact
Nathan Lowe
Research Associate
American Probation and Parole Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578–1910
Phone: (859) 244-8057
Fax: (859) 244-8001