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Regression Discontinuity Design in Criminal Justice Evaluation: An Introduction and Illustration.

William Rhodes and Sarah Kuck Jalbert


February 28, 2014
Corrections agencies frequently place offenders into risk categories, within which offenders receive different levels of supervision and programming. This supervision strategy is seldom evaluated but often can be through routine use of a regression discontinuity design (RDD). This article argues that RDD provides a rigorous and cost-effective method for correctional agencies to evaluate and improve supervision strategies and advocates for using RDD routinely in corrections administration. The objective is to better employ correctional resources.