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Probationers in Recovery Program Evaluation

SANDAG conducted an evaluation of the ''Probationers in Recovery'' (PIR) program, funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The study used a quasi-experimental design, which compared matched groups of probationers assigned to PIR and regular high-risk probation, and includes analysis of program performance, recidivism measures, and program costs.

The PIR program, developed by the San Diego County Probation Department, targets high-risk, drug-abusing offenders through intensive supervision and a drug treatment recovery program with the goal to control offender behavior without increasing risks to communities.

To cope with the demands of increasing custody and community supervision populations, a majority of which are under the influence of drugs upon arrest, criminal justice officials in San Diego County have been searching for innovative and effective approaches to assessing, managing, controlling, and treating offenders.

Please note that this report preceded electronic saving and has been scanned to be transparent with our information sharing policies.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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