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, support, and treatment. This supplement is ideal for community corrections or probation and parole courses to supplement core textbooks.
Chapter One: The Professional Responsibility of Community Corrections Officers
The Professional Responsibility of Community Corrections Officers
The imprisonment binge that began in the early 1980s had an unparalleled effect on the ability of both institutional and community corrections to manage an ever increasing offender population. In the frenzy to build more prisons, little forethought was given to the increase in offenders being sentenced to community sanctions or those who would eventually be released from prison and supervised in the community. Interestingly, but maybe not surprisingly with all of the focus on prison expansion, little attention was given to probation and parole officers and the complex task bestowed on them to prevent people from committing crime who are oftentimes living in dysfunctional families within stressed communities and being released ...