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The Kansas Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Analyzing the effects of graduated sanctions on probation outcomes

Wed, Nov 14, 2:00 to 3:20pm, Marriott, M105, Marquis Level


This study analyzes the effectiveness of Kansas House Bill 2170. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) enacted graduated sanctions—immediate and short terms of incarceration for probationers’ technical violations—to increase compliance among probationers and ultimately reduce recidivism. Using data from the Kansas Department of Corrections and the Kansas Sentencing Commission, for fiscal years 2014 to 2017, this study tests whether the use of graduated sanctions affects the likelihood of violations and recidivism among felony probationers. Major findings and policy implications will be discussed.