Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Smart Supervision Grant - Washington State Department of Corrections

BJA Program(s): Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities
State(s): WA

Jurisdiction(s): State

Grantee Agency: WA State Department of Corrections

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2014/750,000

About the Program:

The Smart Supervision Program provides grants and assistance to states, local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies to develop and implement more effective evidence-based probation and parole practices that effectively address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism.

The goals of the program are to develop and test innovative strategies that improve supervision success rates, thereby increasing community safety and reducing violent and other crime, reducing admissions to prison and returns to prisons and jails, and ultimately saving taxpayer dollars.

Through the Smart Supervision Program, the Washington State Department of Corrections is using grant funds to:

  • Train community corrections staff in the principles of effective interventions that include elements of core correctional practices, motivational engagement,  procedural justice, and other skills associated with the use of a 4th generation dynamic risk assessment tool and a risk need and responsivity-driven continual case management system;
  • Provide quality assurance monitoring activities to ensure fidelity;
  • Contract with researchers for independent evaluation of processes and outcomes related to this significant transition.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

The tenets of procedural justice help shape the state of Washington’s efforts to introduce a Risk Need and Responsivity Continuous Case Management System and a new dynamic risk assessment tool.

Over the past year-and-a-half, the state has held a series of trainings concentrating on the principles of effective interventions. Procedural Justice was one of the many components taught to nearly 1,200 case managers in both the Prison and Community Corrections Divisions of the Washington State Department of Corrections. Through the Smart Supervision grant, a training video was developed to share how embracing the concepts of procedural justice has benefitted the department.

The reaction to the training has been favorable with participants enjoying the video and discussions that followed.

This training was originally geared toward community corrections case managers, but has been expanded to include prison case managers; and it is expected to continue to expand to others working in state corrections.

During summer 2017, the state of Washington is expected to launch a new dynamic risk assessment tool partially funded by the SMART supervision grant. The procedural justice component of the training represents imparts skills that will be needed to administer the new technology.

With the full implementation of the risk assessment tool, the department will have a significantly greater capacity both to accurately assess individuals’ risk and to provide targeted, real-time interventions that will reduce recidivism and increase community safety.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Tracy Grunenfelder
Smart Supervision Grant Manager
WA State Department of Corrections
Email: tlgrunenfelder@doc1.wa.gov
Phone: 3607258483

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