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Dosage Probation

Dosage Probation in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin


Project Purpose: Through Milwaukee's work in the Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative, a multidisciplinary team of criminal justice stakeholders in Milwaukee County (i.e., courts, corrections, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, and treatment) has designed the first dosage probation experiment. Probationers will be sentenced to a period of “dosage probation,” with the opportunity to earn early termination from supervision by accomplishing riskreducing objectives.


Project Goals: The project seeks to determine if the dosage probation model will 

  • lower recidivism among the target population
  • reduce the average length of supervision for those who successfully complete supervision; and
  • align sentences with risk assessment information; align the probation agent’s supervision and intervention practices, as well as community-based treatment, with needs information; and align probationer incentives with the achievement of risk reduction goals.


Follow the links here for more information on Dosage Probation:

Dosage Probation Frequently Asked Questions (for Attorneys, Public Defenders, Prosecutors and Judges)

Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences (Written by Mimi Carter and Judge Richard Sankovitz)

Thinking for a Change (T4C), a component of Dosage Probation, is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for individuals that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.


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