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Nebraska Division of Parole Supervision has created a violence-reduction (VRP) aftercare program and a CBI intervention which maintains an open group structure to effectively reduce the recidivism rate of high-risk parole clients, particularly those who have been identified as likely to reoffend violently and those who have previously failed on community supervision. Long-term goals are to ensure 1) the highest risk parole clients receive a higher dosage of evidence-based interventions, 2) the reduced use of parole sanctions and revocations and 3) a reduced overall recidivism rate for parole clients. The ‘open’ nature of the programs (i.e., clients can begin at any session, rather than periodically as a cohort) facilitates the ability of a smaller parole agency with traditionally fewer resources to provide evidence-based, recidivism reduction programs with fidelity.


Smart Suite: Researcher-Practitioner Fellows Community of Practice

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Innovations Suite (INV Suite) refers to a series of BJA grant programs that follow a data-driven approach to support the effective implementation of evidence-based practices to reduce crime, enhance public safety, improve the delivery of justice, and support community revitalization. The Smart Suite includes a training and technical assistance (TTA) component to support BJA grantees. A key element of the INV Suite TTA is the Researcher-Practitioner Fellows Academy. The School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University leads this TTA program working with BJA and partners from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University, Justice Research and Statistics Association, the Center for Public Safety Initiatives at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and subject matter experts drawn from both the community of practice and research.

This case study was developed by the researchers and practitioners working in one of the Smart Suite grant programs. The case study is one of a series produced by the Michigan Justice Statistics Center.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-MU-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice



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