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Principal Associate

Sarah Jalbert is a criminologist and public policy analyst with 20 years of experience working in research in and evaluation of justice systems. Much of her work has focused on outcomes for people under correctional supervision in the community, including those with behavioral health or substance use disorders and high-risk youth.  She currently manages Abt’s justice research and evaluation account, where she focuses on harnessing Abt’s expertise across service systems to improve outcomes for people with justice system involvement. She manages a team of researchers with expertise in implementation science, quasi-experimental evaluation methods, and justice system issues.

She has been project director, principal investigator, or senior researcher for a number of federally funded projects, including evaluations of probation and parole practices and outcomes in two multi-site, mixed-method studies; several studies of human trafficking survivors and offenders; and an experimental test of the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring system proactive notifications in deterring doctor shopping.

Ms. Jalbert currently leads an initiative for the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), establishing and supporting a statistical support center for the Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI). SPI is the nation’s only survey of prison inmate characteristics and circumstances. She serves as principal investigator for an evaluation of a Pay for Success initiative in Austin, Texas, to provide permanent supportive housing to people who are chronically homeless and involved in the justice system. She serves a principal investigator for a process and implementation evaluation of Roca, Inc., an organization serving high-risk, justice-involved young men in Massachusetts and Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Jalbert also has expertise in developing survey instruments for incarcerated populations. Her work has helped establish promising practices in community supervision agencies and has been published in peer-review journals.


  • Process and implementation evaluation
  • Quasi-experimental outcomes evaluation
  • Justice system interventions
  • Community supervision, probation and parole
  • Interventions for high-risk youth

Key Projects

  • Survey of Inmates in Local Jails
  • Austin/Travis County  Pay for Success Initiative
  • Process and Implementation Evaluation for Roca, Inc.


  • McDonald, D. C., Carlson, K. E., Jalbert, S. K. (2018). An Experimental Test of the Effectiveness of Unsolicited Reporting by a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Reducing Inappropriate Acquisition of Opioids. Pain Medicine.
  • Campbell, W.L., Swan, H., Jalbert, S.K. 2017. National Variations in Fieldwork Goals, Training, and Activities. Federal Probation. 81:3
  • Jalbert, S.K., Swan, H., and Hunt, D.E. 2016. Providing Services in a Rapid Scale-Up Context: The Importance of Research Partnerships. Translational Criminology, 10: 8.
  • Hunt, D.E., Kling, R., Almozlino, Y., Jalbert, S.K., Chapman, M.T. Rhodes, W. 2015. Telling the Truth About Drug Use: How Much Does It Matter? Journal of Drug Issues, 45(3), 314-329.
  • Rhodes, W., Jalbert, S.K. (2014). Regression Discontinuity Design in Criminal Justice: A Review and Illustration. Evaluation Review 37 (3-4), 239-273.
  • McDonald D.C., Jalbert S.K. (2013). Geographic Variation and Disparity in Stimulant Treatment of Adults and Children in the United States in 2008. Psychiatric Services 64(11), 1079-1086.
  • Jalbert, S.K. and Rhodes, W. (2012). Reduced Caseloads Improve Probation Outcomes. Journal of Crime and Justice. 35 (2), 221-238  
  • Jalbert, S.K.; Staub-DeLong, L; Kane, M; Rhodes, W. 2011. Reduced Caseloads in Evidence Based Practice Settings. Perspectives: The Journal of the American Probation and Parole Association. 35:2.
  • Jalbert, S.K., Rhodes, W.R., Flygare, C., and Kane, M.  2010.  Testing probation outcomes in an evidence based practice setting: Reduced caseload size and intensive supervision effectiveness.  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.  49(4) 233-253. 
Sarah Jalbert