CPOC Issue Brief:

Assessing Risks and Needs of Realigned Populations: 

Post-Release Community Supervision and Services
 

 

A first and essential step of California probation departments is to use risk and needs assessment for people being released back to the community from state prison under Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS). It is good public safety policy to use validated assessment tools to assign offenders to the right level of probation monitoring and match them with evidence-based programs that address the specific criminal risk factors of the individual.

This brief looks at the work county probation departments do to prioritize resources towards higher risk offenders, and refer people to programs most likely to reduce recidivism. As realignment continues to be implemented in counties, it will be important to understand whether the full range of evidence-based practices from offender assessment to probation supervision to treatment completion are properly resourced. Although risk and needs assessments can help to make better supervision and referral choices, probation collaboration with community partners is important to ensure quality, availability, and capacity of programs in their community. Criminal justice research has shown that combining probation monitoring with effective treatment will yield the greatest recidivism reduction...

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