Kansas Innovations in Supervision Initiative
Between 2007 and 2017, the state of Kansas experienced the country’s seventh-highest increase in incarceration rates. Over one-third of incarcerated people were serving time for a sanction or revocation from probation. Given this, a focus on community supervision has been a priority for the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC). Working collaboratively with The Carey Group (TCG) and KDOC’s leadership team, CEPP will help build KDOC’s infrastructure to use effective parole and probation supervision practices that reduce recidivism and promote more successful outcomes. This project is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) under its Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI).
CEPP will assist TCG in the assessment of KDOC’s current policies and practices, assess fidelity to evidence-based supervision practices, establish clear performance measures and methods, and enhance policy and practice guidance. CEPP will then develop a training and coaching plan and assist in ensuring long-term fidelity and sustainability.
The goal of this initiative is to help community supervision agencies in Kansas implement and effectively utilize evidence-based approaches which may result in increased probation and parole success rates, reductions in violations, and reductions in the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision.