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Indiana Workload Evaluation: A Multi-Methods Investigation of Probation Supervision

The Justice Center evaluated two dozen probation departments in Indiana to learn more about officer workload. The results of this study will inform probation departments about how to best distribute their caseload assignments based on the different risk and needs levels of offenders.

Project Team

  • Principal Investigator: Matthew DeMichele, Ph.D.

About the Project

  • The Indiana Judicial Conference provided funding for the Justice Center to conduct a workload evaluation of two dozen probation departments.
  • Many probation departments currently use a one-size fits all approach to offender case assignments.
  • Some departments are now moving toward using a workload approach that recognizes differences in criminogenic needs and risk of recidivism.

Research Question

  • How can probation departments distribute caseload assignments in a way that maximizes officer time availability, skill level, and knowledge?

Project Details

  • The Justice Center conducted a survey of probation officers, a time study of officer practices over a 5-week period, and conducted interviews with probation chiefs.
  • These data collection methods led to preliminary results that demonstrated the amount of time officers spend each month supervising offenders of different risk and needs levels.

Final Report