Correctional officers play a pivotal role in protecting public safety. They not only separate offenders from communities across the country as they serve out their sentences, but they also deter others from breaking the law and prepare offenders to live a law-abiding life when they re-enter society through a variety of reentry initiatives.
Through various funding opportunities, research, and more, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is working to provide critical information and resources to corrections personnel and to support corrections programming.
- Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 24 States in 2008: A 10-Year Follow-Up Period (2008-2018)
- Recruitment, Assessment, and Retention in the Direct Care Workforce for Individuals with Criminal Records: A Comprehensive Model Approach, Executive Summary
- Recruitment, Assessment, and Retention in the Direct Care Workforce for Individuals with Criminal Records
Programs & Initiatives
Following are examples of programs and initiatives from OJP and the OJP program offices related to this topic:
- National Parole Resource Center
- National Reentry Resource Center
- Prison Rape Elimination Act
- Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program
Also see the Corrections & Reentry page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs.
Training & Technical Assistance
Visit the following sites to learn about training and technical assistance services from and supported by OJP program offices:
Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain information about or locate sex offenders in a specific area, see the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), a Department of Justice website which allows you to conduct a nationwide search of sex offender registries using a number of different search options. NSOPW enables every citizen to search the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and participating tribes for the identity and location of known sex offenders.
Also visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry webpage where you can view state-specific registry websites.