What Are Community Corrections

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.

Community-Based Services

  • Alcohol and drug treatment
  • Mental health treatment
  • Sex offender treatment
  • Domestic violence treatment
  • Drug courts
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Anger management

Community-Based Sanctions

  • Electronic home detention
  • Community service and work crews
  • Intensive supervision
  • Work release
  • Day reporting
  • Jail

Graduated Sanctions

  • 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

Performance Measures

  • 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.