Development of Utah’s Incentive and Response Matrix: Year 1 Report
Study Dates: 2014
Study Description: In 2013, The Utah Sentencing Commission appointed a committee to research and develop an Incentive and Response Matrix for Utah probationers and parolees. Members participating in this committee included representatives of the Utah Sentencing Commission, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC), specifically their Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P) division, and the Board of Pardons and Parole (BP&P). The Utah Criminal Justice Center (UCJC) was asked by their Board of Directors to provide consultation and research for the committee as they embarked on this endeavor. This report provides a summary of this first year’s efforts, including a review of the literature on behavior modification (e.g., rewards and sanctions) in the criminal justice system, a narrative of the process in Utah to develop an Incentive and Response Matrix, and recommendations for next steps in documenting and evaluating the use of a matrix.