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Indiana Probation Best Practices Guide

Welcome to the “Best Practices Guide” for Indiana probation departments.  This guide is a production of the Probation Officers Advisory Board, with input from probation departments state-wide, and is intended as a reference for probation departments looking to improve their way of doing business.  The content of the guide will be added to and updated on a regular basis, making it an evolving, open-ended project.

According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, Best Practice is a management idea which asserts that “there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc.”  Although considered by many to be a business buzzword, Best Practice is a useful concept and is not new to the criminal justice community.  This “Best Practices Guide” will allow probation departments to share innovative policies, procedures and practices.  If you have a “best practice” that should be included in the guide, please contact the Indiana Judicial Center at 317-232-1313 or judicialcenter@courts.in.gov.

Office Administration
Learn more about the administrative duties required for the operation of probation departments.

Offender Treatment & Therapy
Learn about the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Training & Professional Development
Find out about local and national training available to probation officers.

Offender Supervision
Learn about specialized and/or alternative forms of supervision and additional risk/needs assessments used in supervising offenders.

Reducing Offender Recidivism
Learn about the principles of effective interventions and how they impact offender recidivism.