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COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY SUPERVISION AND DESISTANCE FROM CRIME JOAN PETERSILIA (Cochair), School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine RICHARD ROSENFELD (Cochair), Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, St. Louis RICHARD J. BONNIE, University of Virginia School of Law ROBERT D. CRUTCHFIELD, Department of Sociology, University of Washington MARK A.R. KLEIMAN, Department of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles JOHN H. LAUB, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland CHRISTY A. VISHER, Justice Policy Center, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC CAROL PETRIE, Study Director EUGENIA GROHMAN, Senior Project Officer LINDA DePUGH, Administrative Assistant
COMMITTEE ON LAW AND JUSTICE 2006-2007 JAMES Q. WILSON (Chair), Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles PHILIP J. COOK (Vice Chair), Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University DAVID H. BAYLEY, School of Criminal Justice, University of Albany, SUNY RICHARD J. BONNIE, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, University of Virginia Law School MARTHA CRENSHAW, Department of Political Science, Wesleyan University ROBERT D. CRUTCHFIELD, Department of Sociology, University of Washington JOHN J. DIIULIO, JR., Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania STEVEN N. DURLAUF, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison JOHN A. FEREJOHN, Hoover Institution, Stanford University ARTHUR S. GOLDBERGER, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison BRUCE HOFFMAN, Director, Washington Office, RAND Corporation ROBERT L. JOHNSON, Chair of Pediatrics, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School JOHN H. LAUB, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland TRACEY L. MEARES, School of Law, University of Chicago TERRIE E. MOFFITT, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London MARK H. MOORE, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University RUTH PETERSON, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University RICHARD ROSENFELD, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis ROBERT J. SAMPSON, Department of Sociology, Harvard University JEREMY TRAVIS, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York CHRISTY VISHER, Justice Policy Center, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC CAROL PETRIE, Director BETTY CHEMERS, Senior Program Officer LINDA DePUGH, Program Associate vi
Contents Preface ix Executive Summary 1 1 Introduction and Background 7 2 Dimensions of Desistance 19 3 Parole: Current Practices 32 4 Services and Programs for Releasees 40 5 Criminal Justice Institutions and Community Resources 63 6 Conclusions, Recommendation, and Research Agenda 72 References 83 Appendixes A Workshop Agenda 97 B Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff 100 vii
Preface Because the United States has the highest rate of imprisonment in the industrialized world, it also has the highest number of offendersâmore than 600,000âreturning to their communities, mostly cities, every year. Unfortunately, more than one-half of all released offenders will return to prison within 3 years of their release. The proportion of released offenders who return to prison has changed very little over the past three decades. It is in broad public interest to provide services and treatment in prison and as part of community supervision that will reduce the rate of recidivismâthe return to prison for parole violations or the commission of new crimes. Reductions in recidivism would simultaneously reduce state corrections costs and improve community safety. In this volume we attempt to pull together what is known from research about various models of community supervision designed to reduce recidi- vism and promote desistance from crime. We identify gaps in the research literature, and we discuss how currently available resources might best be used to improve community supervision outcomes. This report is based in part on a workshop held by the Committee on Community Supervision and Desistance from Crime in January 2006. Four leading scholars presented papers to stimulate and guide the committeeâs discussion of traditional and new models of community supervision. The committee owes much to their work: David Farabee of the University of California Los Angeles; Faye S. Taxman of Virginia Commonwealth Uni- versity; David B. Wexler, University of Arizona and University of Puerto ix
PREFACE Rico; and Pamela K. Lattimore, University of South Carolina and Research Triangle Institute. The committeeâs work was also aided by the workshop discussants, who represented a distinguished group from the research and practice communities: Michael Jacobson, Vera Institute in New York City; Martin Horn, commissioner, New York City Department of Corrections; Tom LeBel, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Sharon Neumann, assistant deputy director, Community Sentencing Division, Oklahoma Department of Corrections; Jennifer L. Skeem, University of California, Irvine; Honorable Cindy Lederman, administrative judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Juvenile Division, Miami-Dade County, Florida; Peggy B. Burke, Center for Effective Public Policy, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Jeremy Travis, president, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City. The committee is grateful to all of these wonderful scholars and practitioners whose papers and com- ments provided such a sound foundation for this report. The committee also offers grateful thanks to Glenn R. Schmitt, acting director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the time the workshop was held. He not only facilitated funding for the committeeâs work, but also gave unstintingly of his time and shared his ideas with the committee and workshop participants. The committee also thanks Thomas Feucht, assis- tant director for research and evaluation at NIJ for his invaluable support for this project, and Patrick Clark, acting director of the evaluation division at NIJ, who first broached the idea of focusing on desistance and the ways in which community supervision could foster less or zero offending among those released from prison. The successful reintegration of former prisoners is one of the most formidable challenges facing society today. We hope that this volume will be of practical use to both the research and corrections communities in helping released offenders to desist from crime and become fully integrated and law-abiding citizens. This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Councilâs Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in mak- ing its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Shawn Bushway, Program on the Economics of Crime and Justice Policy, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York; Michael E. Ezell, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University; Julie Horney, Office of the Dean, School of Criminal Justice, University at
PREFACE xi Albany, State University of New York; Lila Kazemian, Department of So- ciology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York; Michael D. Maltz, Criminal Justice and Information and Decision Sciences (emeritus), University of Illinois at Chicago; Ray Paternoster, Department of Criminology, University of Maryland, College Park; Alex R. Piquero, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York; Steven Raphael, Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; and Amy L. Solomon, The Urban Institute, Wash- ington, DC. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Alfred Blumstein, The H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was respon- sible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution. Joan Petersilia and Richard Rosenfeld Cochairs, Committee on Community â Supervision and Desistance from Crime