In Media

Listen to podcasts featuring JSP team members and read featured work from JSP staff below. 

On Air

On Air

Incarceration, Inc with Van Jones: 4.5 Million

JSP Principal Dr. Brian Lovins joins Incarceration, Inc with Van Jones in this series to explore the historic purpose of probation and parole, the explosion of people sentenced to probation, and the realities that probation and parole operate as delayed incarceration.

Field Days: Referees vs. Coaches

Dr. Brian Lovins joins Field Days to talk about the future of community corrections and the critical role probation officers play in the success of individuals under supervision. He unpacks his big dreams of probation officers as coaches, and not referees, and how this model sets everyone up for success.

The 5th Podcast: Season 1, Episode 5

The 5th hosts Alisha James and Marcus Hodges invite JSP’s Dr. Brian Lovins to discuss how his innovative leadership style is uniquely suited to challenge the status quo of probation supervision, to reconsider how we talk about criminal legal system issues, and lead the field of probation into truly out-of-the-box reform.

Field Days: Dr. Brian Lovins

JSP Principal Dr. Brian Lovins chats with Field Days host Chris and Greg a second time to discuss three priority areas as the President for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), including: developing a platform to elevate innovation and success stories in the field, setting standards of professional practice, and creating a welcoming space to invite young probation leaders to participate in building the future of the profession.

In Press

In Press

Read featured work from JSP staff below. If you are unable to access the featured studies, please email for an electronic copy!


Probation Officer as a Coach

JSP Principal Dr Brian Lovins’ and colleagues discuss what it would take for probation officers to reimagine themselves as coaches, and how this new professional identity might impact people on supervision and the culture of the organization.

Federal Probation


Lovins, B. K., Cullen, F. T., Latessa, E.J., Jonson, C. L. (2018). Probation Officer as a Coach : Building a New Professional Identity. Federal Probation. 82(1), 13-19.

Surviving Solitary: Living and Working in Restricted Housing Units (Book Release March 22, 2022)

JSP Research Associate Shannon Magnuson and colleagues explore a story of resilience about those who are confined- and work in solitary confinement across several state prisons.

Stanford University Press


Rudes, D.S., Magnuson, S. & Hattery, A. (2022) Surviving Solitary: Living and Working in Restricted Housing Units. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.

The impacts of reducing supervision for probationers scoring low risk

Dr. Lovins and colleagues evaluate special caseloads for individuals scoring low risk compared to assigning these individuals to regular caseloads. They look at the impact of these two caseload types on: intensity of supervision, increases to intensity of supervision, and revocation outcomes.

Federal Probation


Duru, H. Lovins, L., & Lovins, B. (2020). Does reducing supervision for low-risk probationers jeopardize community safety? Federal Probation. 84(1), 21-27.

How the working relationship between PO and people on probation matters

JSP Research Associate Dr. Jen Lerch and colleagues consider how individuals on probation perceive their POs and how these beliefs are related to factors such as prior treatment experience, prior drug use, and prior criminal legal system experience.

The Prison Journal


Sloas, L., Taxman, F.S., Walters, S.T. & Lerch, J. (2020). Individual-Level Predictors of the Working Relationship between Probation Officers and Probationers. The Prison Journal. 100(6) 709-725.

Changing the Way Probation Officers Talk about Risk Assessment Scores

JSP Research Associate Shannon Magnuson and colleagues’ report the outcomes of a technical assistance project aimed to help probation officers better understand the technical components of the risk tool they use and how to talk about the results of the reports with their clients.



Magnuson, S., Kras, K. R., Aleandro, H., Rudes, D. S. & Taxman, F.S. (2020) Using Plan-Do-Study-Act and Participatory Action Research to Improve Use of Risk Needs Assessments. Corrections. 5(1), 44-63.

Improving treatment initiation with computerized motivational interviewing

Dr. Lerch and colleagues consider how computerized motivational interviewing with traditional probation supervision is related to starting substance use treatment compared to traditional probation supervision alone.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment


Lerch, J., Walters, S.T., Tang, L., & Taxman, F.S. (2017). Effectiveness of a computerized motivational intervention on treatment initiation and substance use: results from a randomized trial. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 70, 59-66.

A tale of two stories about the use of misconducts for minor infractions in a reentry facility

Dr. Lerch and colleagues discuss how correctional officers in a reentry facility use formal misconducts for petty misconducts despite COs reporting that misconducts for petty offenses lacked purpose and/or not supported as a practice by their supervisory staff.

Criminal Justice and Behavior


Viglione, J., Lerch, J. Rudes, D. S., & Taxman, F.S. (2017). Big Stick Management: Tickets as discipline within a correctional reentry facility. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 44(2), 163-183.

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