A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of judicial supervision on recidivism, health, lifestyle factors of criminal offenders

Michael Trood1, Dr Benjamin Spivak1, Professor James Ogloff1
1Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology

 Judicial supervision is a key component of problem-solving courts. Meta-analytic research investigating the effectiveness of interventions that utilize judicial supervision has found mixed results. Research has yet to synthesize effects of judicial supervision on offender health and well-being outcomes. This presentation will present the results of a recent systematic review and meta-analysis that synthesized extant recidivism and well-being outcomes from empirical research that compared judicially supervised offenders with non-supervised controls. Implications for judicial supervision practice in mainstream settings will be discussed.


Michael Trood is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Forensic Behavioural Sciences. His general areas of interest are media effects on behaviour and therapeutic jurisprudence. His current research is investigating the utility of judicial supervision of improving offender outcomes across mainstream and specialty courts.


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