Innovative Policies in Action: Making Probation and Parole Smaller, Less Punitive, and More Hopeful, Equitable and Restorative


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Three years after its inception, EXiT: Executives transforming probation and parole has been at the forefront of advocating for probation and parole to be smaller, less punitive, and more hopeful, equitable and restorative. This workshop will provide an overview of the twelve foundational EXiT policy aims and examples of how former and current probation and parole leaders have worked in their jurisdictions to achieve these policy aims. Presenters will provide attendees with strategies and potential avenues for leadership, policy and partnership to transform their probation/ parole agencies.


Marcus Matthew Hodges
Associate Director, CSOSA

Marcus Hodges has 29 years of community corrections experience across several important positions. He currently serves as Associate Director for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in Washington DC. Mr. Hodges was the President of NAPE from 2014-2018. He also assists in facilitating the APPA Leadership Academy and provides guidance as a co-chair on APPA’s Diversity Committee. In 2018, he received the Middle Correctional States Association Award for Innovation in Community Corrections. In 2020 he was awarded Probation Executive of the Year from NAPE/Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Brian Lovins
Principal, Justice System Partners

Dr. Lovins earned his PhD in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently president-elect for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). Prior to JSP, Dr. Lovins worked for Harris County CSCD as the assistant director. He was tasked with developing and implementing agency wide change plans to drive increased successful completion rates. In addition, he was the associate director for the University of Cincinnati's Corrections Institute, the School of Criminal Justice's training and research department. He has developed a state-wide juvenile risk assessment (Ohio Youth Assessment System: OYAS) and adult risk assessment (Ohio Risk Assessment System: ORAS), as well as validation of a series of pretrial risk assessments. Dr. Lovins has been invited to present to over 200 agencies and routinely delivers trainings on the principles of effective intervention, risk assessment, and the delivery of cognitive-behavioral interventions.