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Cost Effective Criminal Justice Interventions: A Report for Napa County, California
Those looking for strategies for addressing the challenges related to high-risk offenders will find this publication very useful. “This report examines the most commonly used programs for higher risk offenders and the research that supports or challenges their use. That is, some programs achieve their goals and some do not. Different programs are created for vastly different purposes such as to reduce jail usage or to decrease the likelihood of future crime. These programs or interventions would need to be held accountable to different research criteria depending on what they are designed to accomplish” (p. 3). Sections following an executive summary include: programs that hold offenders accountable and/or monitor their behavior while under supervision; programs that change the offender’s long-term behavior after discharge from supervision; programs that change long-term offender behavior while holding them accountable; programs that stabilize the offender in the community (usually following incarceration); and costs and benefits. Research shows that the most cost effective intervention for accountability and long-term behavior change is intensive supervision with treatment, while the least cost effective intervention for accountability and long-term behavior change is domestic violence courts.