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Implementing Evidence-Based Principles in Community Corrections: Collaboration for Systemic Change in the Criminal Justice System

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This article touches on the need for a collaboration mindset in the implementation of evidence-based principles in community corrections.
Evidence-based principles provide community corrections agencies with proven methods of reducing offender recidivism. However, implementing evidence-based principles requires that community corrections agencies change the way they operate. This change requires a willingness to place equal focus on evidence-based practices in service delivery, organizational development, and collaboration. This article focuses on the latter, collaboration. The collaborative process is intended to move participants away from the traditional definition of power as control or domination; towards a definition that allows for shared authority. Working collaboratively with all stakeholders in the planning and implementation of systemic change in community corrections can result in a more coherent continuum of care, using evidence-based principles to reduce recidivism. An example of a collaborative model for the implementation of change in community corrections is presented and discussed. Appendixes A-C and references