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A Randomized Control Trial of a Targeted High-Risk Offender Program Across Three Jurisdictions

NCJ Number
Police Quarterly Volume: 22 Issue: 2 Dated: 2019 Pages: 192-216
Craig D. Uchida; Marc Swatt; Julie Schnobrich-Davis; Christine Conner; Mariel Shutinya; Daniel Wagner
Date Published
25 pages
This study reviewed findings from Project Regional Analytics for the Safety of Our Residents, a modified focused deterrence program operated across three jurisdictions in Massachusetts.

Unlike most other evaluations of targeted high-risk offender programs, the impact on individual-level offending was examined in this study. Data from records management systems in three police agencies were extracted and used to create social-harm risk scores. The top 150 offenders were selected for inclusion in this study. Subjects were blocked into three groups according to their composite score and then randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. All treatment group offenders were invited to a notification meeting where they decided whether to participate in the program with a police officer and social worker case management team. The outcome examined in this study was time to a new arraignment. Nonparametric and semiparametric methods detected no significant difference between groups after approximately 1 year. Implications for future research and practice are then discussed. (publisher abstract modified)