Community corrections programs oversee offenders outside of jail or prison, and are administered by agencies or courts with the legal authority to enforce sanctions. Community corrections include probation (correctional supervision within the community rather than jail or prison) and parole (a period of conditional, supervised release from prison) (Community Corrections, National Institute of Justice, Retrieved September 12, 2014). Additionally, community corrections programs include pretrial services, diversion, and community-based residential and non-residential programs (e.g., day reporting centers and halfway houses) (Community Corrections, Discover Corrections, Retrieved September, 2014).
National Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, recognized the third full week of July, is dedicated to show appreciation for the efforts of and services provided by community corrections professionals throughout the United States. To recognize the contributions made by the men and women who hold community corrections positions across the country, NCJRS presents this compilation of resources related to the community corrections field. Please select a topic from the following list or from the section at the right under the heading "Community Corrections Resources" to learn more: