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    We were recently asked if caseload size has an impact on recidivism reduction and, if it does, what an optimal caseload size is for a misdemeanor probation department.

    According to the report A Multi-Site Evaluation of Reduced Probation Caseload Size in an Evidence-Based Practice Setting (https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/234596.pdf), smaller caseload sizes can lead to reduced recidivism rates but only when staff are using evidence-based practices (EBP). Researchers found little evidence that caseload size matters when staff are not using EBP.

    In terms of optimal caseload sizes, states/probation departments may offer guidance. For example, Arizona legislation dictates an average caseload size of 60 adults per probation officer (http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/AdultProbation/AdultProbationInformation/Supervision/Index.asp).

    Finally, the American Probation and Parole Association suggests the following for achieving effective probation practices (https://www.appanet.org/eweb/docs/APPA/stances/
    ip_CSPP.pdf):

    Adult Caseload Standards

    Case Type                                                                   Cases to Staff Ratio

    Intensive                                                                     20:1

    Moderate to high risk                                                 50:1

    Low risk                                                                       200:1

    Administrative                                                            No limit? 1,000?

    Juvenile Caseload Standards

    Case Type                                                                   Cases to Staff Ratio

    Intensive                                                                     15:1

    Moderate to high risk                                                 30:1

    Low risk                                                                       100:1

    Administrative                                                            Not recommended

    Let us know what recommended caseload sizes are for your department.

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