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Parolee-Parole Officer Relationship as a Mediator of Criminal Justice Outcomes

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 42 Issue: 7 Dated: July 2015 Pages: 722-740
Brandy L. Blasko; Peter D. Friedmann; Anne Giuranna Rhodes; Faye S Taxman
Date Published
July 2015
19 pages

Parolees enrolled in a six-site randomized clinical trial were asked to rate relationship quality with their supervising officer.


Results showed parolees assigned to the intervention endorsed significantly higher relationship ratings and demonstrated a lower violation rate than those assigned to the control group. Ratings of the parolee-parole officer relationship mediated the relationship between study condition and outcomes; better perceived relationship quality was associated with fewer drug use days and violations during the follow-up period, regardless of the study condition. Findings are discussed as they pertain to supervision relationships. Participants were assigned to a parole officer-therapist-client collaborative intervention designed to improve relationship quality (n = 253) or supervision as usual (n = 227). (Publisher abstract modified)