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Minimum Supervision: Who Performs Better?

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dc.contributor.advisor Taxman, Faye S
dc.contributor.author Cartagena, Reyna V
dc.creator Cartagena, Reyna V
dc.date 2017-04-24
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-25T15:27:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-25T15:27:36Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8K680
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10968
dc.description.abstract Interventions that are better suited for high-risk offenders do damage to the low-risk population, leading to an increase in recidivism (Lowenkamp et al., 2006). This argument is made based on limited evidence that all low-risk offenders are better suited for administrative handling than higher risk offenders. Randomized controlled trials conducted by Barnes et al. (2010, 2012) found that administrative caseloads of 400+ lowrisk offenders had no significant impact on the rate of recidivism for this population. This suggests that the low-risk population can largely be left alone, an assumption agencies have embraced to reduce workload. However, the question remains: does this make sense? Can an agency responsible for supervising justice involved people in the community simply leave low-risk offenders alone? This thesis project attempts to answer this question by exploring the factors that influence supervision outcomes for the low-risk population supervised by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington, D.C. Case and offender-level characteristics were analyzed to examine the supervision outcomes of this population. Logistic regression results found that low-risk offenders on parole or supervised release were over 11 times more likely to end supervision unsuccessfully than low-risk probationers. Results also show that low-risk offenders who incurred a rearrest during their supervision term were over 43 times more likely to be removed from low-risk supervision altogether, regardless of case type. Findings indicate that differences between low-risk offenders do exist and influence supervision outcomes. This encourages discussion as to whether or not administrative management of this population should be reconsidered.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject low-risk en_US
dc.subject community corrections en_US
dc.subject RNR en_US
dc.subject re-entry en_US
dc.subject probation en_US
dc.subject parole en_US
dc.title Minimum Supervision: Who Performs Better? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Criminology, Law and Society en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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