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.

Expanding the Expertise of Community Corrections Officers: Embracing Evidence-Based Practice

Expanding the expertise of community corrections officers: Embracing evidence-based practice

The multiple problems confronted by offenders supervised in the community clearly demonstrate that oversimplistic approaches will not result in long-term change. Offenders need assistance with educational and skill deficits, mental health problems, substance abuse, housing, employment, and reintegration with family. They also must change their antisocial attitudes and behaviors that increase their risk to recidivate and threaten community safety. In recent decades correctional interventions have emerged that provide a complex array of supervision strategies and treatment options that work to achieve correctional goals. Due to a growing body of knowledge about evidence-based practice (EBP) and evidence-based treatment (EBT), community corrections agencies and CCOs have more options ...

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