The goals of community corrections are to contribute to public safety and reduce future criminal conduct.
What do Community Corrections do?
- Evaluate each offender’s likelihood to commit new crimes.
- Monitor offenders according to behavior and risk to re-offend, concentrating their efforts on those offenders who are most likely to re-offend.
- Holding offenders accountable to conditions of supervision.
- Applying a continuum of effective community-based punishments according to behavior and risk to re-offend.
- Offering programs designed to reduce the risk of a return to criminal activity.
Principles: Effective Practices
- Financial consideration + Improved system
- Coordinated local criminal justice response will impact crime better than a short prison stay.
- Community-based sanctions are effective against crime.
- Alcohol and drug treatment
- Mental health treatment
- Sex offender treatment
- Domestic violence treatment
- Drug courts
- Cognitive restructuring
- Anger management
- Electronic home detention
- Community service and work crews
- Intensive supervision
- Work release
- Day reporting
- Funding includes dollars for community sanctions
- Administrative sanction process supports use of community sanctions
- History: statewide policy to reduce technical revocations
- Present: Needed to manage local CJS resources
- Reduce Criminal Behaviors
- Reduce recidivism, as measured by felony convictions from initial admission to supervision, tracking for three years from admission.
- Enforce Court and Board Orders
- Increase percentage of positive case closures.
- Assist Offenders to Change
- Increase employment rates for offenders on supervision.
- Increase the rate of participation in treatment programs for offenders on supervision.
- Provide Reparation to Victims
- Increase the percentage of restitution and compensatory fines collected, owed to victims
- Increase the number of community service hours provided by offenders on supervision. Reduce recidivism.