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 Three: CCOs and Their Relationship with the Community
CCOs and Their Relationship with the Community
“Becoming relationally focused, as opposed to offender centered, means that new ways of supervising and working with offenders and the communities must be invented.”1
In order to fully understand the work of CCOs, equal consideration must be given to the “community” portion of their title and how their work is influenced by the ecology of the broader community. Community corrections work often takes place with offenders who live in dire circumstances. Many communities experiencing high rates of reentry are mired in poverty and crime and have few local resources to ease the hardship of transitioning from prison to home (see Clear, 2007). Considering the broader conditions of the community is important because, even ...