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Engaging Influencers: A Model for Prosocial Supports  

Author:  Myrinda Schweitzer Smith.; William Miller.; Christopher D'Amato.

Source: Volume 32, Number 04, Summer 2023 , pp.9-14(6)

Journal of Community Justice (formerly Journal of Community Corrections)

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Strategies intended to reduce recidivism for those under community supervision have focused on identifying areas of criminogenic risk and on providing justice-involved individuals with the skills and resources necessary to ameliorate these risk factors. Research has further demonstrated that interventions are more effective when implemented while individuals are in the community than while they are in institutional settings. Taken together, these findings suggest that there are unique resources in the community that are not used while individuals are receiving interventions in the institution; these unique resources may be individuals and organizations with the capacity to act as prosocial models and influencers over the individual’s success upon reentry. The Effective Practices in Community Support for Influencers (EPICS-I) model seeks to engage the social support networks available to justice-involved individuals by providing influencers with the training and tools proven to encourage successful outcomes.

Keywords: Community supervision, criminogenic risk, EPICS-I model, core correctional practices (CCP), Edward Latessa

Affiliations:  1: University of Cincinnati; 2: University of Cincinnati; 3: University of Cincinnati.

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