AUSTIN— Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime initiative published the policy perspectives Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Probation and Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Parole.
Three Tips for Policymakers for Improving Probation:
- Reduce criminalization and incentivize and expand use of police and pretrial diversion.
- Assess risk and criminogenic needs of each person placed on probation, tie conditions to the assessment, regularly reevaluate based on progress, and account for special populations.
- Ensure probation conditions are the least restrictive necessary to protect public safety.
Three Tips for Policymakers for Improving Parole:
- Develop treatment and release plan soon after incarceration and deliver recidivism-reduction programming prior to earliest parole date with seamless transition through reentry and supervision.
- Make parole release decisions based on objective factors focused on forward-looking risk.
- Ensure parole board members have diverse and relevant expertise and the independence and tools to make sound decisions
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