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ERIC Number: EJ798046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
The "Effectiveness" of Differential Supervision
Harris, Patricia M.; Gingerich, Raymond; Whittaker, Tiffany A.
Crime & Delinquency, v50 n2 p235-271 2004
This article presents an evaluation of the Client Management Classification System (CMC), a method for assessment and differential supervision of offenders that embodies the principle of responsivity. As in prior evaluations of the CMC, probationers whose officers were trained in CMC techniques experienced lower rates of revocation compared with regularly supervised subjects. However, the experimental group incurred similar or higher rates of rules violations and arrests. Of particular interest, the study found that supervision of experimental subjects did not conform to recommended CMC strategies. In combination, these results suggest the possibility that training in CMC successfully heightened officers' understanding of offender motivations and needs, leading them to view probationer misconduct in a more lenient and flexible context--and thereby producing the appearance of favorable outcomes. The findings have implications for the design of evaluations of efforts to implement principles of effective offender treatment in community corrections agencies. (Contains 7 tables and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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