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.

Community Corrections Officers and Interagency Collaboration

Community corrections officers and interagency collaboration

“The key is to first recognize that correctional professionals in and of themselves, no matter how hard they work, cannot do it alone. The ownership of both defining the problem and the solutions associated with the release of increasing numbers of offenders to communities must be a collaborative venture.”1

The discovery of so many evidence-based practices successful in reducing recidivism and increasing community safety has led to consideration about how best to deliver what works in a coordinated manner to enhance overall outcomes. Research consistently shows that most offenders fail within the first 90 days of reentry due primarily to technical violations, and an estimated 65% fail within 3 years (see Hamilton & Campbell, in ...

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