In Focus: Community Corrections from NCJRS NCJRS acronym/logo with text: National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Community corrections is a critical part of the public safety system that helps to reduce crime and victimization by supervising individuals in the community under legal authority.

Probation and parole, pretrial services, and community treatment organizations work together to match the right supervision and service to the right person at the right time, with the goal of helping people to break free from a cycle of crime. But breaking that cycle remains a major challenge for the justice community.

While recidivism remains an issue, research has identified what makes interventions effective in reducing the cycle of crime. Academic and program evaluations suggest that evidence-based interventions, which combine the core principles of rehabilitation, deterrence, procedural justice, and collaboration, can significantly reduce recidivism.

Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week is an opportunity to show appreciation for the efforts of community corrections professionals throughout the United States to try to make communities safer and provide needed services to those under supervision.

During National Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week (July 16-22, 2017), access the Community Corrections Special Feature for topical information and access to OJP and other federal resources.

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Publications

Automated Kiosks Can Help Community Supervision Agencies Manage High Caseloads of Low-risk Clients

Building Trust and Legitimacy Within Community Corrections

Probation and Parole in the United States

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Related Resources

BJS: Community Corrections

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)/Body Armor Safety Initiative (BASI)

CrimeSolutions.gov: Community Corrections

National Reentry Resource Center

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NCJRS Federal Sponsors

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)