The Impact of JOD Probation Review Hearings in Milwaukee

Megan Schaffer, The Urban Institute
Adele V. Harrell, The Urban Institute

ABSTRACT
For the Judicial Oversight Demonstration, judges in Milwaukee scheduled review hearings for offenders on probation for intimate partner violence. Hearings were held 90 to 120 days after sentencing. Probation officers filed reports with the court prior to each hearing on compliance, focusing on attendance and progress in court-ordered batterer interventions. Noncompliant probationers were sanctioned and often scheduled for an additional review hearing. The study compares recidivism among a sample of 300 JOD probationers scheduled for review hearings to 300 similar offenders on probation prior to JOD.

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Updated 05/20/2006