Probation Services & Evidence-Based Practices

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In 2001, corrections professionals throughout the state, representing all three correctional delivery systems (CPO, CCA, & DOC), identified strategies for community-based correctional services. In 2004, the statewide Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Policy Team was established in order to continue system wide efforts to monitor continuing research and effective correctional practices. EBP strategies, if followed, are more likely to result in the best outcomes for preventing and reducing crime. Carver County Court Services has adopted these approaches in our delivery of services. This report outlines the practices employed by our department and how they reflect EBP strategies for probation supervision services.

The EBP strategies that we strive to follow are as follows:

  • Utilization of restorative justice practices
  • Assess actuarial risk and needs
  • Skill training and cognitive behavioral interventions
  • Use of effective case management plans for high-risk offenders
  • Provision of primary supervision services and sanctions
  • Targeted supervision workload/caseload standards
  • Transition community integration services
  • Improved evaluation and outcome measurement.

In 2004, under the Commissioner of Corrections, the Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Policy Team was created.  The EBP team represents all three correctional delivery systems in Minnesota, and has continued the efforts cited above, as well as Eight Guiding Principles of Effective Correctional Practices (as supported by the National Institute of Corrections, American Probation and Parole Association, and other correctional organizations).  Carver County Court Services is represented on the EBP team, and our Director has chaired this committee since it's creation.  More recently, the EBP Policy Team was given a legislative mandate to evaluate the state of Evidence-Based Practices in Minnesota, and provide recommendations for EBP going forward in the state of Minnesota.  See the completed report below for more information on the Eight Guiding Principles cited above and their application to the probation field in Minnesota:

Study of Evidence-Based Practices in Minnesota:  2011 Report to the Legislature


Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices


Restorative Justice

Use of Automated and Validated Risk Assessment Tools

Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

Case Management Plans

Primary Supervision Services and Sanctions

Supervision Workload/Caseload Standard

Transition Community Integration Services

Evaluation and Outcome Measures