8 Guiding Principles for Effective Intervention

Research shows that there are eight overarching principles that are effective in working with offenders. They are as follows:

1.) Assess Actuarial Risk/Needs
2.) Enhance Intrinsic Motivation
3.) Target Interventions
    a- Risk Principle: Prioritize supervision and treatment resources for higher risk offenders
    b- Need Principle: Target interventions to criminogenic needs
    c- Responsivity Principle: Be responsive to temperament, learning style, motivation, culture, and gender when         assigning programs
    d- Dosage: Structure 40-70% of high-risk offenders' time for 3-9 months
4.) Skill Train with Directed Practice (use Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Methods
5.) Increase Positive Reinforcement
6.) Engage Ongoing Support in Natural Communities
7.) Measure Relevant Processes/Practices
8.) Provide Measurement Feedback


Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections: The Principles of Effective Intervention

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National Institute of Corrections



Implementing Effective Correctional Management of Offenders in the Community: Outcome and Process Measures

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Brad Bogue
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