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 Four: Working within Community Corrections Agencies
Working within Community Corrections Agencies
State-level corrections agencies are large bureaucracies managing thousands of employees responsible for the safe and secure confinement and community supervision of thousands of convicted felons. The magnitude and complexity of supervising and reintegrating offenders provides many opportunities and challenges to contemporary corrections. The multifaceted goals of using community corrections for punishment, surveillance, support, and treatment creates a dynamic professional environment. Both administrators and CCOs are encouraged to structure the organization and their practice to focus on interventions effective in reducing recidivism and increasing the likelihood of long-term reintegration. CCOs are expected to understand and implement evidence-based practices (EBP) that require proactively engaging the offender, understanding the extent of the risk they pose to the community, and ...