Evidence Based Practices
The incorporation of evidence based practices into corrections policy and state sentencing is perhaps the most significant improvement in correctional agencies in this century. Evidence based practices imply that there is a definite outcome of a process that is measurable and practical (CJI, 2009).
The Augusta Correctional Center first implemented the EBP in 2004. The agency implemented the scientific based program in a transitional phase so that all the officers would perfectly comprehend how the system works. It was fully implemented by December 2005. According to Latess and Lowenkam (2006), this transitional implementation is the best so that the move does not interfere with the other processes of the correctional facility.
It is safe to say that the Evidence Based Practices’ program has been highly successful in the Augusta Correctional Center. The community correction agency has seen a reduction in its recidivism rates since it implemented evidence based practices in its operations. By implementing the eight principles of the EBP, the agency had seen a 35% drop in recidivism by 2010. The recidivism rate in the correctional facility has dropped by 75% by the end of 2015 with hopes that recidivism can be obliterated in the near future using EBP.
The implementation of the EBP has also had an impact on the caseloads of case managers and probation officers. Their caseloads significantly reduce due to the lower rates of recidivism. Individuals are not falling back to criminal behavior and they are more focused on rebuilding their lives. The case manager or the probation officer can dispose of such cases within a short time. The case manager now has the ability to maximize his time and efforts to help other criminals thanks to EBP.
Criminal and Justice Institute-CJI (2009). Implementing evidence-based policy and practice in community corrections.
Latess, E.J., & Lowenkam, C. (2006). What works in reducing recidivism? University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 34(9): 23-26.