Rethinking Conditional Release as an Assumption-Based Test of Offender Readiness
Criminal Justice Review
While many great strides have been made in supervision generally toward more evidence-based practices, the primary tenets of conditional release have remained unchanged, untested, and assumption based. This essay examines the fundamental tenets of conditional release and how they have been widely overlooked in spite of the evidence-based movement. By laying out the problems in practice, recording, and definition, as well as gaps in the literature, I display several areas where future research can progress both knowledge and policy. I argue that the crux of issues surrounding conditional release is the notion that it is a test of readiness and should be regarded as such. By viewing the practice from this perspective, the inadequacies of state systems to address criminogenic needs become glaringly apparent. Following this explication, it is consequently clear as to why the released person may not be ready and how successful reentry may have less to do with individual accountability and more to do with a rehabilitative ideal.
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Campbell, C. M. (2018). Rethinking Conditional Release as an Assumption-Based Test of Offender Readiness. Criminal Justice Review, 43(2), 216–235. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734016817742475