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One of the first contemporary works to bring together research focused on community corrections officers, Professional Lives of Community Corrections Officers: The Invisible Side of Reentry, by Faith E. Lutze, helps readers understand the importance of community corrections officers to the success of the criminal justice system. The author brings the important work of these officers out from the shadows of the prison and into the light of informed policymaking, demonstrating how their work connects to the broader political, economic, and social context. Arguing that they are “street-level boundary spanners” who are in the best position to lead effective reentry initiatives built on interagency collaboration, the author shows how community corrections officers can effectively lead a fluid response to reentry that is inclusive of control, ...

Beyond Law Enforcement and Social Work: Achieving Balanced and Integrated Supervision
Beyond law enforcement and social work: Achieving balanced and integrated supervision

“The first thing I learned was that a parole officer was always walking a tightrope—that slim, wavering line between parolee rehabilitation and protection of society from further harm.”1

Probation and parole originated on the premise that criminal offenders needed to develop relationships with healthy members of the community in order to address the causes of their criminality related to substance abuse, education, vocational training, and general prosocial behavior (Augustus, 1852). Through individual mentoring and support, offenders on probation could find their way through the process of change while living in the community instead of going to jail or prison. Relationships between community mentors and the ...

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