Design, Sites, and Data Sources
The process study design includes observations of arraignment court proceedings; interviews with various system actors (judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, SR participants, and provider staff members); interviews and focus groups with other key stakeholders (program managers, supervising judges, public defense organization leaders, and the district attorney’s office); and quantitative analysis of merged data from court proceedings, prearraignment defendant interviews, arrest and conviction records, and provider records.
Design of the impact study is under way; several quasi-experimental approaches are under consideration. Regardless of the final design, the outcomes will be measured using court data, pre-arraignment defendant interviews, arrest and conviction records, and jail data.
Both the process and impact studies will assess the Supervised Release program citywide, as well as by individual New York City borough.