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Evidence-Informed Case for Automated Telephone Reporting

There is ample evidence in criminal justice research to support the notion that supervision strategies should be based on those programs and services that have proven the ability to influence positive change in those under supervision including successful completion of supervision and reduction in recidivism. While little research has been done specifically related to Automated Telephone Reporting (ATR) there is relevant research that provides a solid foundation for using automated supervision management tools for low risk persons. Fieldware commissioned a paper to explore and present this research and how it supports programs such as ATR.

Criminal Redirection Officer?

Deloitte recently published a report on “Government Jobs of the Future”.  It takes a look at what will government work look like in 2025 and beyond.  We felt it relevant to post as they reference “job profiles of the future” within the report.  Here is an excerpt of the one that caught our attention. Criminal […]

A Tor Primer for Probation and Parole Officers

We recently ran across this article by Art Bowker on the Corrections.com website and thought it relevant to post based on some recent conversations with our customers.  Here is an excerpt. Probation and parole officers know about drug users and what to look for right? We test for drugs, we look for unexplained cash, and […]

Drug users on probation can be required to remain drug-free, court rules

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that it was not cruel and unusual punishment to put a person who is on probation in jail after one positive test for drugs.  Experts have been watching the case closely, as thousands of people who struggle with substance use disorder find themselves caught up in the nation’s judicial […]


Recently we have all seen significant media coverage regarding criminal justice reform. While much of the coverage has focused on prison reform and re-entry issues the world of pre-trial is also undergoing its own changes. Pre-trial release/supervision has been a part of the broader community supervision world since the early 1920’s and initially focused on […]

The DUI Offender

Over the last several years the issue of the chronic drinking and driving offender has received increasing scrutiny from the criminal justice system and the community at large. Many states have passed new legislation increasing penalties for this population. Nevertheless, a considerable number of DUI offenders, both chronic and first timers, end up under community […]

Colorado Probation: Clearing the Clutter

Colorado is Clearing the Clutter from the Noise Kristen Hilkey (Colorado Probation Supervisor) and Ken Tomlinson (Colorado Probation Analyst) presented “Clearing the Clutter from the Noise” at the recent National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) conference in Indianapolis. Kristen and Ken led the conference participants in a one and a half hour discussion […]

From the Field with Ken Tomlinson

Anyone who has worked in the criminal justice field for any length of time has undoubtedly heard the phrase evidence based practices.  But what does that really mean and how is it applied in the day to day management of those under community supervision.  According to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) “The terms best […]