Piloting Utah’s Response and Incentive Matrix: Results from Staff and Stakeholder Surveys
Study Dates: 2015
Study Description: In 2013, The Utah Sentencing Commission appointed a committee to research and develop an incentive matrix for Utah probationers and parolees. Members participating in this committee included representatives of the Utah Sentencing Commission, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), Utah Department of Corrections (UDC), specifically the Adult Probation and Parole (APP) division, and the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).
The resulting tool, called the Response and Incentive Matrix (RIM), integrates behavioral principles into a graduated response tool for responding to both compliance with, and violations of, the conditions of supervision. RIM was piloted in APP offices in the Northern Region from April through June 2015. At the end of the pilot period, the Utah Criminal Justice Center (UCJC) conducted a survey with APP staff, offenders on supervision, and community stakeholders in order to provide feedback on the tool prior to statewide implementation.