Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Kathleen Gathercoal, Ph.D.
Abstract The National Institute of Corrections selected the Yamhill County Department of Corrections to implement a new evidenced-based decision making program within their criminal justice system. As part of the new program, every individual who was arrested and placed on probation went through a case analysis assessment and had their treatment programs approved by a judge prior to sentencing. In this study 20 randomly selected individuals who received their treatment programming prior to sentencing were matched to 20 randomly selected individuals who received treatment programs post-sentencing. The hypothesis of this study was that those probationers in the pre-sentencing group who had the case analysis assessment and probation treatment programs tailored to their needs and approved by the judge prior to sentencing would have better treatment outcomes than those who received the case analysis post-sentencing. The results of this study concluded that there was a significant difference between the 2 groups in the amount of time it took to complete the case analysis, the number of programs assigned to individuals, and in the level of involvement between the 2 groups. Support was found for the hypothesis suggesting that probationers could be better served and cost-savings could be realized for departments with the full implementation of the pre-sentencing program.
Keith, Tashina Lorraine, "The Effectiveness of an Evidenced-Based Decision Making Program in Criminal Justice Systems" (2015). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 166.