Swift and Certain Responses to Violations: Have We Found the Silver Bullet for Recidivism Reduction, or Have We Created an Obstacle to Evidence-Based Practices for Recidivism Reduction?


Monday, February 26, 2024
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Session Type: Workshop

The history of probation, parole, and community corrections is replete with examples of practices and programs that begin with the promise of enhancing public safety, but end with disappointment. There are many reasons why our profession adopts new strategies for doing business. Ideally, it should be because public safety and justice are enhanced. In reality, however, the adoption of new programs and practices may be based on political and public perceptions and seemingly commonsense, which in the end may be closer to nonsense. This workshop will explore what works and what does not regarding recidivism reduction, the politics of community correctional policies and practices, and the need for a creating a work environment where line staff can effectively manage short-term risk and accomplish long-term behavioral reform.


Dr. Mario Paparozzi
Professor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Dr. Paparozzi worked at the New Jersey Department of Corrections. He held positions from parole officer trainee through supervisory/management titles including Deputy Interstate Compact Administrator, Assistant Commissioner of Community Programs, and Chairman of The New Jersey State Parole Board. After retiring from his practitioner career, Dr. Paparozzi accepted a faculty appointment at The College of New Jersey’s Department of Law and Justice. In 2003, Dr. Paparozzi accepted a position at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Paparozzi’s numerous publications are extensively cited by scholars and practitioners. Dr. Paparozzi has provided numerous keynote addresses, seminars, and professional training in 46 states, Singapore, the District of Columbia, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Bermuda, Poland, Germany, and The Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. He is a past-president of the American Probation and Parole Association, was a member or the Manhattan Institute's council to reinvent probation. He founded the New Jersey Parole Officers’ Benevolent Association - PBA #326. Dr. Paparozzi has appeared on several television and radio shows in the United States and Canada, including A&E’s Investigative Reports, NBC’s Dateline, Al Jazeera America, and Geraldo Rivera. Dr. Paparozzi Member of Columbia University’s Criminal Justice Lab, EXiT (Executives Transforming Probation and Parole).