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Evidenced Based Practices In Probation Challenges and Considerations. Scott MacDonald Chief Probation Officer Santa Cruz County. Why EBP?. Current system is not working Programs and practices are driven by fear and anecdote Lack of effective programs results in unnecessary incarceration

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Evidenced based practices in probation challenges and considerations

Evidenced Based Practices In ProbationChallenges and Considerations

Scott MacDonald

Chief Probation Officer

Santa Cruz County


Why ebp

Why EBP?

  • Current system is not working

  • Programs and practices are driven by fear and anecdote

  • Lack of effective programs results in unnecessary incarceration

  • Unnecessary incarceration can increase crime

  • We are currently spending a lot of money and time without results

  • EBP holds us accountable to results and better serves youth, family, victims and the public


Probation malpractice

Probation Malpractice?

  • Banked caseloads for high risk cases

  • Intensive supervision of low risk cases

  • Outward bound programs

  • Scared straight

  • Intensive supervision without treatment.

  • DARE programs


Implementing evidenced based practice in probation

Leadership

Vision / Mission Statement

Policy and Procedures

Policy and Implementation Teams

System Stakeholders / Collaboration

Planning

Communication

Resources / Budget

Systemic change

Recruitment and Hiring

Training

Performance Management

Measurement

Information Management

Research / Evaluation

Assessment and Classification

Case Planning

Treatment / Programs

Intermediate Sanctions

Implementing Evidenced-based Practice in Probation


Merging organizational components

Merging Organizational Components


Ebp is compatible with juvenile justice initiatives and reform efforts

System of Care and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Family Preservation

Least Restrictive Setting

Natural Setting

Interagency Collaboration

Family Involvement

Cultural Competence

Reducing Unnecessary Confinement

Developing Alternatives to detention

Reducing Racial Disparity

Avoid Net-widening

BARJ

Repair not retribution

Community Involvement

Skill building

EBP

Matching service to risk

Supports least restrictive interventions

Supports Data Driven process

EBP is compatible with Juvenile Justice Initiatives and Reform efforts….


Examples of ebp in santa cruz

Examples of EBP In Santa Cruz

  • Family Wellness – Parent Education

  • Thinking For A Change

  • Motivational Approaches to Success program

    • MET/CBT 5 Intervention with GAIN

  • Seven Challenges

  • Aggression Replacement Training


Embedding ebp curriculum into intensive programs

Embedding EBP curriculum into intensive programs.

  • Juvenile Hall

  • The Evening Center

  • Wraparound


Taking a research based perspective

Taking a Research based Perspective

  • Challenge Grant

  • Reclaiming Futures Evaluation

  • Grant Evaluations

  • Outcomes of reforms


Downsizing of delinquency in santa cruz

Downsizing of Delinquency in Santa Cruz

A Closer look at Reform Efforts In Santa Cruz


A significant reduction in the juvenile hall population

A Significant Reduction in the Juvenile Hall Population…

53%

Decrease


A significant reduction in the juvenile hall population1

A Significant Reduction in the Juvenile Hall Population…

58%

Decrease


A significantly shorter stay in juvenile hall

A Significantly Shorter Stay in Juvenile Hall…

15%

Decrease


There are significantly fewer latinos in custody

There are Significantly Fewer Latinos in Custody…

45%

Decrease


Racial disparity has been reduced along with reductions in bookings

Racial Disparity has Been Reduced along with Reductions in Bookings


Youth in alternatives to detention do not jeopardize public safety

Youth in Alternatives to Detention do not Jeopardize Public Safety…


Dropping arrest rates and stable felony adjudication rates

Dropping Arrest Rates and Stable Felony Adjudication Rates…


Probation department values

Probation Department Values

Reductions at all levels of Institutional care


Evidenced based practices in probation challenges and considerations

Santa Cruz County

Reductions at all levels of Institutional care, while increasing capacity of community based interventions...


Juvenile justice interventions general fund cost per child

Juvenile Justice InterventionsGeneral Fund Cost Per Child

*Detention alternatives include home supervision, electronic monitoring and

advocacy and recreation services through a community based agency.


Final thoughts

Final thoughts

  • If we over sell, we ultimately water down

  • Talking EBP is different that Walking EBP

  • It will take state and local leadership, researchers and foundation support to pull it off

  • This constitute broad culture change and big shifts in thinking– we are not their yet

  • A curriculum is not going to change lives– Beyond social learning there needs to be a youth development framework that supports and encourages prosocial growth through advocacy in addition to supervision as we know it in probation


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