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Electronic Supervision and the Importance of Evidence-Based Practices

NCJ Number
Federal Probation Volume: 74 Issue: 2 Dated: September 2010 Pages: 4-11
Matthew DeMichele Ph.D.; Brian Payne Ph.D.
Date Published
September 2010
8 pages

This article examines the use of evidence-based practices to guide decisionmaking regarding electronic supervision and monitoring of offenders.


The analysis of evidence-based practices found that evidence-based principles provide some direction for agencies that are considering the use of electronic monitoring and supervision in their jurisdiction. Evidence-based practices is a straightforward process that agencies use to analyze evidence to determine which practices should be eliminated, changed, or discarded all together. This article discusses the differences between evidence-based practices and emotional-based practices, and examines how agencies can determine which policies and practices show success. The article also discusses the integrated evidence-based practices model developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NCI) and the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) for use in implementing evidence-based practices. NCI and CJI also developed eight evidence-based principles that can aid in effective interventions. These eight principles are discussed in detail as they apply to electronic monitoring policies and practices. Figures, tables, and references