Massachusetts Trial Court Offers Evidence-Based Best Sentencing Practices

Data-driven best practices recommendations for judges and practitioners

Shorter, More Targeted Probation Terms?

Here's a National Institute of Corrections article that has many useful and well accepted concepts. These include Risk, Needs and Responsivity and other best practices. These are difficult to implement in a probation resource-poor environment. Also note on page 15 that the probation terms cited as examples of best practices are a year or shorter.… Continue reading Shorter, More Targeted Probation Terms?

Modern Electronic Supervision vs. Incarceration

This article (book chapter) has broader application than the title would suggest because it seems to be about a lot more than just electronic monitoring. The author argues that the data strongly recommends shifting a large segment of the jail and prison population to non-incarceration correctional choices. James Byrne on Smart Sentencing Revisited Research on… Continue reading Modern Electronic Supervision vs. Incarceration