Community Corrections: A Powerful Field

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Description: Funding for community corrections programs has not kept pace with growing community corrections populations and the related increase in community corrections officer workload.2 Judges and paroling authorities have imposed more release conditions on offenders, dramatically impacting the workload of community corrections officers.3 Stagnating and often decreasing budgets have forced community corrections officers to do more tasks for more offenders with the same or less funding than was available in the past.4 The results of this scenario include inflated caseloads and unrealistic workloads for community corrections officers trying to fulfill their public safety functions of short-term risk management and long-term behavioral reform of offenders. Consider the centrality of collaboration, for instance, in what English, Pullen and Jones referred to as the "containment model" of supervision for sex offenders, which relies upon cross-agency collaboration between law enforcement, probation and/or parole, the judiciary, treatment providers, and polygraphers.5 This collaboration makes it possible to provide external control to offenders' lives with the hope of building internal controls within the offender.
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