Evidence-Based Sentencing to Improve Public Safety and Reduce Recidivism:
A Model Curriculum for Judges

The program helps judges:
  • Identify offenders who are the most appropriate candidates for recidivism reduction strategies,
  • Target conditions of probation at relevant offender characteristics to achieve effective sentencing outcomes,
  • Improve responses to violations of probation,
  • Identify the components of effective probation supervision practices and treatment programs,
  • Reduce the risk of re-offense through positive interactions with offenders, and
  • Work effectively with criminal justice agencies to adopt effective sentencing and corrections practices.

Model Curriculum Materials

The 5-unit curriculum is designed to be presented in person in a six-hour period, although faculty may customize the material for other time frames. Curriculum materials include:

Online Course

The National Center for State Courts offers a free, self-paced online course on “Evidence-Based Sentencing to Improve Public Safety and Reduce Recidivism.” This online course is based on the above model curriculum.

Taught by Dr. Geraldine Nagy, Director of Travis County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, and the Hon. Roger K. Warren, President Emeritus of the National Center for State Courts, the course consists of 24 content modules that include nearly 4.5 hours of video presentations.

To register for this free online course, click here.

Additional Educational Resources