Improving Agreement About Intervention Plans in Probation by Decision Support

Authors Jacqueline Bosker , Cilia Witteman , Jo Hermanns , Donnalee Heij
Published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Publication date 2014
Research groups Working with Mandated Clients
Type Article

Summary

Reliability in decision making about intervention plans is a necessary condition for evidence-based probation work and equal treatment of offenders. Structuring decision making can improve agreement between clinical decision makers. In a former study however, we found that in Dutch probation practice structured risk and needs assessment did not result in acceptable agreement about intervention plans. The Dutch probation services subsequently introduced a tool for support in decision making on intervention plans. This article addresses the question whether the use of this tool results in better agreement between probation officers. A significant and meaningful improvement in agreement was found on all domains of the intervention plan. Implications for probation practice are discussed

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Language English
Published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Year and volume 59 13
Page range 1459-1473

Jacqueline Bosker

Jacqueline Bosker | Professor | Working with Mandated Clients

Jacqueline Bosker

  • Professor
  • Research group: Working with Mandated Clients