14. Using Regression to Improve Parole Board Decisions

Wendy Swenson Roth, Georgia State University

Collin, the recently appointed chief information officer for the Colorado Department of Corrections, was just returning from a meeting with Sadie, the director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Sadie requested the meeting with Collin. Sadie was concerned about the performance of the board of paroles on two fronts. First, new government regulations about to take effect required an increased amount of documentation detailing the board’s performance. This would increase the workload and lead to greater scrutiny of the board’s decisions. Second, state budget cuts required the board to make decisions even quicker than before.

In their meeting, ...

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