CSRA – Assessing Performance of the CSRA after California’s Public Safety Realignment and Prop. 47

June 2017

James Hess, Ph.D. and Susan Turner, Ph.D., the University of California, Irvine.

CSRA – Assessing Performance of the CSRA after CA’s Public Safety Realignment and Prop 47

Evaluation of the Francisco Homes Model for Paroled Lifers in California

Evaluation of the FH Service Model for Paroled Lifers in CA

David Pitts, Susan Turner and James Hess, The University of California, Irvine.

This study set forth a mixed methods approach to evaluating the Francisco Homes service model for lifers paroled from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to the Los Angeles area.

Does GPS Improve Recidivism among High Risk Sex Offenders? Outcomes for California’s GPS Pilot for High Risk Sex Offender Parolees

Susan Turner, University of California, Irvine; Alyssa W. Chamberlain, Arizona State University, Tempe; Jesse Jannetta, Urban Institute, Washington, DC; and James Hess, University of California, Irvine

The supervision and monitoring of sex offenders has been one of the most hotly contested areas in corrections policy in recent years.  The public has called for greater levels of offender scrutiny as the result of heinous acts perpetrated by sex offenders, while critics point to recent legislation with onerous housing restrictions coupled with public censure that prevent many offenders from reentering successfully into society.  The current study provides a test of the effectiveness of GPS monitoring for high risk sex offender parolees over and above surveillance and monitoring provided by specialized sex offender caseloads.  Using data from a GPS pilot program, 94 high risk sex offenders monitored by GPS and 91 high risk sex offenders on specialized caseloads were followed for 12 months.  GPS sex offenders were less likely to be found guilty of failing to register as non-GPS sex offenders and marginally less likely to abscond- reflecting relative success in meeting two goals of sex offender legislation – knowing where sex offenders are and making sure they are registered.  Additionally, GPS offenders were less likely to be found guilty of committing a new criminal violation; however we observed no significant differences in the type of new crime violation.

Victims and Offenders, 10:1-28, 2015.

Does GPS Improve Recidivism among High Risk Sex Offenders? Outcomes for California’s GPS Pilot for High Risk Sex Offender Parolees

The Effect of Camera Installation on Violence at High Desert State Prison

Kristy N. Matsuda,  Jim Hess, Susan Turner and Adrienne Credo, University of California, Irvine.

High Desert State Prison Camera Evaluation Final Report 5.9.2018

Encountering Correctional Populations

By Kathleen A. Fox, Jodi Lane and Susan F. Turner


While many researchers study offenders and offending, few actually journey into the correctional world to meet offenders face to face. This book offers researchers, practitioners, and students a step-by-step guide to effectively research correctional populations, providing field-tested advice for those studying youth and adults on probation, on parole, and in jails and prisons.

The book addresses topics such as how to build rapport with offenders and those who monitor them; how to select from the many types of correctional data that can be collected; how to navigate the informed consent process and maintain research ethics; and how to manage the logistics of doing research. With personal stories, “what if” scenarios, case studies, and real-world tools like checklists and sample forms, the authors share methods of negotiating the complexities that researchers often face as they work with those behind bars.