Risk Differentiation and Intensive Supervision: A Meaningful Union?

Dena Hanley, University of Akron

Much attention has been focused on the relationship between risk level and correctional service delivery. The risk principle purports that intensive services should be reserved for higher risk offenders. Prior research has found that appropriate services (those based on the principles of risk, need and responsivity) have been able to reduce recidivism by 30 percent. This study presents findings from a secondary data analysis, examining whether the risk principle holds for supervision service delivery, specifically intensive supervision. This data set contains information from fourteen sites in different parts of the United States and utilizes random assignment. Logistic and linear regressions are used. Implications for future research and policy implications are discussed.

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