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April 13, 2017
Mark A. Sherman, Kathryn N. Nester, Maureen Scott Franco

Holistic defense is also called community-oriented defense, therapeutic defense, or holistic advocacy. Whatever the name, its purpose is to solve underlying social and environmental problems that may have contributed to an individual's involvement in crime. It does this by emphasizing teamwork, partnerships with other criminal justice stakeholders, and identification and mitigation of collateral consequences. By doing this, defense attorneys hope to improve public safety by helping clients avoid involvement in the criminal justice system and reducing recidivism.

February 1, 2013
Barbara Meierhoefer, Patricia D. Breen

This report presents the results of the Federal Judicial Center's retrospective process-descriptive study of judge-involved supervision programs for offenders in the federal courts. It is part of a larger research effort to investigate how programs modeled on state and local drug and reentry court programs operate in the federal system. This report does not evaluate these programs, but describes the population served, the services provided, and, through official data, how the participants fared when compared with a group of similar offenders who were not in a program.

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January 1, 2000
Mark A. Sherman

Discusses the increasing number of defendants and offenders in the federal criminal justice system with limited job skills and education. It includes a supervision model for this population and highlights literacy and cognitive skills assessment, referral and coordination of services, and relevant BOP educational and employment programs. In-house job assistance and life-skills programs in federal districts, ways to overcome resistance to supervision, and ways of mitigating life skills-related conflict are discussed.

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January 1, 1984
James B. Eaglin

The preliminary report of the Center's multiphase effort to document the effects of the Probation Division's aftercare program for drug-dependent federal offenders. The author reviews the operation of the program in a sample of ten probation districts. He describes the program's general approach; various characteristics of offenders in the program; services planned for and received by offenders; and adjustment experiences of offenders in aftercare, including resumed or continued drug use, new arrests and convictions, and technical violations.

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