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Turning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from an Offense- to Risk-Based System

Susan Turner, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine
Apr 24, 2014 from 05:00 AM to 06:00 AM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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In 2005, the California Department of Corrections added the word “Rehabilitation” to its name, signaling a major shift in its mission.  As part of the shift, the Department embraced the use of evidence-based practices for the treatment and supervision of offenders under its jurisdiction.  The Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the UC Irvine has assisted the Department in this effort over the past nine years.  One of the major initiatives was the development and validation of an automated risk assessment tool, based on computerized criminal history files.  This presentation discusses the development of the risk assessment tool and efforts to integrate it into the Department’s parole supervision practices.

Susan Turner is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She also serves as Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, and is an appointee of the President of the University of California to the recently created statewide California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB).

Dr. Turner's areas of expertise include the design and implementation of randomized field experiments and research collaborations with state and local justice agencies. At UCI, she is currently assisting the California Department of Corrections in the development and testing of a risk assessment tool as well as an evaluation of a parole violation decision making instrument designed to provide an orderly decision making process for response to violations of parole. She led a variety of research projects while she was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND, including studies on racial disparity, field experiments of private sector alternatives for serious juvenile offenders, work release, day fines and a 14-site evaluation of intensive supervision probation. Dr. Turner is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the American Probation and Parole Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and Chair of the Division of Corrections and Sentencing, American Society of Criminology. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


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