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(Strategic Training in Community Supervision, STICS)


The common methodology in community supervision has no standardized framework and is not systematic, but is depending on probation officers’ ability and/or engagement. The Strategic Training in Community Supervision (STICS) program, developed in Canada, is intended to enhance the professional progress of community supervision officers and to systemize these proceedings regarding intervention, in adherence with the principles of “Risk, Need, and Responsiveness” (RNR). This training model is expected to improve the officer’s quality of skills and intervention techniques which in turn will improve clients’ reactions (e.g., improved compliance with conditions and lower rates of recidivism).


The main goal of this project is twofold; to evaluate this method (in Sweden called KRIMSTICS) within the Swedish Prison and Probation Services, and to extend and replicate a previous published evaluation of this method.


Clients voluntarily applying to the study will be randomly ordered into one of two groups; either to the “Experimental Group”, consisting of 24 randomly chosen probation officers who will receive KRIMSTICS training, or to the “Control Group” consisting of 17 officers who will not receive any training in this method. Each officer will treat six clients during the study period. Three supervision sessions (after 1 month, a 4 month and 7 month of the ongoing probation) will be audio taped and the quality of supervision will be analysed. In connection to these recordings official information about the changes of the clients’ behavior during supervision will be collected as well as register based post- supervision criminal recidivism (i.e., all clients will be followed through registers for one year after supervision is terminated for new criminal convictions).


We expect to find a positive outcome for those treated within the experimental group, especially with regard to the probation officers focused work on important risk factors among their clients and a decreased reconviction rate.

Project leader: Charlotte Jakobsson, The Research and Evaluation Unit, Swedish Prison and Probation Service


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Charlotte Jakobsson

Page Manager: Stefan Axelsson|Last update: 3/3/2015

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