Supervising Female Parolees: Agent Survey Results from the Workload Study

Supervising Female Parolees – Agent Survey Results from Workload Study

Helen Braithwaite, Theresa Lavery, Holly Westfall & Susan Turner, University of California, Irvine

This is a brief summary report of the surveys from the “Parole Agent Workload Study.”

2016 Juvenile Justice Outcome Evaluation Report


Produced by the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, University of California, Irvine and The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Accuracy of Risk Assessment in Corrections Population Management: Where’s the Value Added?

In the book Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice, Drs. James Hess and Susan Turner’s chapter compares the predictive power of two instruments and three methods to test improvements in predictions for Felony and Violent Felony recidivism for a release cohort of nearly 100,000 California offenders.  They also hypothecized on some common limitations (with the domains captured) in the accuracy of the current recidivism risk assessments.

More information on the book can be found here: Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment – Theory and Practice

Counties need to help parolees access health care

Lois Davis (RAND Corporation) and Susan Turner (University of California, Irvine)

San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 2016

California’s Public Safety Realignment Act (AB109), transferred the responsibility for many nonviolent offenders from the state prison system to county jail or local probation. Most efforts to understand the effects of this law have understandably focused on jails, courts and public safety. But at Rand we focused on another key challenge to inmates’ successful re-entry — the health of such returning offenders and their need for physical, mental health and drug treatment.

To view article click here: Counties need to help parolees access health care

Predicting Risk: Who Knew It Was Such a Risky Business?

In the book Envisioning Criminology, Edited by Michael D. Maltz and Stephen K. Rice, Dr. Susan Turner’s chapter describes the inside story of her work in developing and testing a risk assessment instrument in California corrections.

If one glanced at the working paper on the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections website entitled “Development of the California Static Risk Assessment, CSRA,” the most likely reaction a reader might have is a yawn.  He or she might think the project was pretty dry and uneventful.  Not so.  What began as a fast turnaround project, done in collaboration with our client, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, morphed into a saga that would try the patience of any researcher.

More information about the book is at: Envisioning Criminology