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Community Corrections Collaborative Network: Safe and Smart Ways To Solve America's Correctional Challenges

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Jason Ziedenberg
Date Published
August 2014
32 pages
This paper promotes the policy and practice priorities, as well as the technical assistance resources provided by the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) , which is a collaborative network of the leading professional associations in the field of community corrections.
The first chapter reviews the features of the five core domains of community corrections: probation, parole, pretrial services, diversion programs, and community treatment. The second chapter discusses one of CCCN's priorities, i.e., assessing the risk, need, and "responsivity" (RNR) of supervised offenders. Community corrections uses scientifically validated assessment tools to determine the appropriate supervision and treatment components for each offender. The third chapter argues that although there will always be some offenders who must be in prison or jail for a period of time to ensure the safety of the community, community safety and well-being is not served when non-violent offenders are removed from their families, work, school, and housing through incarceration. Those supervised in the community can still fulfill positive roles as family members, employees, taxpayers, and volunteers in public service roles. The fourth chapter notes that shrinking government budgets and the consensus of corrections research is fueling the emphasis on community supervision of offenders as the most cost-effective means to maximize public safety. Examples of this trend are provided for various States. The fifth chapter cites surveys that show the public favors an expanded use of community corrections, and the sixth and seventh chapters pose challenges that must be met if community corrections and its partners are to meet the needs of those they supervise as well as the public safety needs of communities. 22 endnotes