Revocations are an issue that community corrections leaders absolutely must confront, and understanding why they happen is critical to tackling them effectively. Like every aspect of the justice system, now more than ever before, pretrial, probation, and parole departments are under a microscope from both internal and external stakeholders. As such, it is imperative that the issue of revocations be front and center in the crucial conversations taking place among community corrections practitioners at every level.
Drawing on the work of the Reducing Revocations Challenge (RRC) – a national initiative funded by Arnold Ventures, this plenary session will provide attendees with an approach for identifying the biggest drivers of revocations in their jurisdictions, guidance for developing and implementing bold, yet feasible, policy and practice solutions to address them, and suggestions for monitoring and measuring impact of those implemented solutions.
Speakers will highlight the work of up to three probation agencies participating in the RRC and how they used the valuable data collected to identify key drivers of revocations in their contexts. They will also talk about how they have selected and developed unique strategies to reduce revocations. Without a doubt, their findings and focused approaches will benefit countless agencies that look to enhance their current efforts to increase success stories.
Reagan Daly is the Research Director at the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, where she oversees a broad portfolio of research projects in criminal justice and other public policy areas, including data and performance measurement work for more than 25 sites participating in the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, and ISLG’s work on Arnold Ventures’ Reducing Revocations Challenge. Prior to joining the Institute, Reagan served as the Assistant Commissioner for Research and Planning at the New York City Department of Probation (DOP), where she helped advance data-driven decision-making by providing research and analytic support to departments and units across the agency. During her time at DOP she oversaw the implementation of new risk-needs assessment instruments, including the development of a monitoring and validation plan; and, together with partners from the Center for Court Innovation, designed a quasi-experimental evaluation of DOP’s neighborhood-based model of probation supervision, called the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON), that was funded by the National Institute of Justice. Prior to DOP Reagan was an Associate Director at the Vera Institute of Justice. She received her Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.