This issue of Perspectives centers on
evidence-based practices along with some of the challenges and payoffs
EBP brings to community corrections. In their article, "The Evolution
of Community Supervision Practice: The Transformation from Case
Manager to Change Agent", Guy Bourgon, Leticia Gutierrez and Jennifer
Ashton address the evolution of the role of the line officer, showing
how the case manager role has to evolve into a change agent. The
article by Bourgon and his colleagues was first published in the Irish
Probation Journal and is reprinted here with permission. APPA thanks
the Irish Probation Journal for allowing Perspectives to share this
In, “The Road to EBP”, Meghan Guevara summarizes
much of the NIC experience with implementation. As one of the
principal staff with the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) (NIC’s
primary partner on the EBP work), Meghan provides sound analysis and
sage advice to guide those heading down the road to EBP.
In his article about MI in Colorado, Brad Bogue
demonstrates that with the proper support (coaching and feedback),
large numbers of correctional staff in differing job titles across a
number of agencies can reach competency. This is an excellent example
of EBP implementation.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Perspectives!