A Case Study Of The Implementation Of Staff Training Aimed At Reducing Rearrest (STARR)

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Cathy Marcum, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: THE IMPLEMENTATION of evidence-based practices (EBP) into community corrections has become one of the most important initiatives in the field. Although the early focus was on effective programs for offenders, more recent emphasis has been on the skills needed for probation officers to provide effective supervision. This shift was partially due to a meta-analysis indicating that community supervision, as currently practiced, had virtually no effect on recidivism rates (Bonta, Rugge, Scott, Bourgon, & Yessine, 2008). However, Bonta et al. also noted that many officers were not practicing the risk-need-responsivity (RNR) principles, which is crucial to impacting recidivism rates. Prior meta-analytic reviews of treatment programs (see Andrews & Bonta, 2010) have found that not following RNR principles actually results in an increase in recidivism, while preliminary studies of officers randomly assigned to training in RNR show those offenders supervised by officers who adhere to the RNR model had lower recidivism rates. Given the potential for substantial reductions if the principles are followed, a number of training programs have been developed, including the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS), Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS), and Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Rearrest (STARR).

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Clodfelter TA, Holcomb JE, Alexander MA, Marcum CD, Richards TN. A Case Study of the Implementation of Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Rearrest (STARR). Federal Probation. 2016;80(1):30-38. Publisher version of record available at: https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/fedpro80&div=8
Language: English
Date: 2016
Training, Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Rearrest (STARR), programs for offenders, probation

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