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Extending Dynamic Mapping to Reentry Practitioners: An Exploration of Rhode Island's Community Supervision Mapping System

NCJ Number
Prison Journal Volume: 95 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2015 Pages: 493-509
N. G. La Vigne; M. Denver
Date Published
December 2015
17 pages
This article introduces the Community Supervision Mapping System (CSMS), a web-based tool that routinely integrates Rhode Island Department of Corrections' data into a user-friendly interface designed for those who supervise and provide service referrals to probationers.
Although dynamic mapping is an increasingly popular tool for law enforcement, this technology is uncommon for reentry practitioners. Using pre- and post-implementation survey data and actual usage data, the current study determined that probation officers who adopted the new technology found the system useful and easy to use. It also found that current usage is a better indicator of future use than is a respondent's reported intention to use the system. (Publisher abstract modified)