Community corrections programs oversee offenders outside of jail or prison, and are administered by agencies or courts with the legal authority to enforce sanctions. Community corrections include probation (correctional supervision within the community rather than jail or prison) and parole (a period of conditional, supervised release from prison) (Community Corrections, National Institute of Justice, Retrieved June 25, 2012). In addition, community corrections includes offenders in pretrial, which are those who have not yet been convicted of a crime but are allowed some form of release, bond, supervision, or electronic monitoring outside of a facility as they await trial.
National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week is dedicated to show appreciation for the efforts of and services provided by community justice professionals throughout the United States. Each year, National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week is held the third week of July.
To recognize the contributions made by the men and women who hold community corrections positions across the country, NCJRS presents this compilation of resources related to the community justice field. Please select a topic from the following list or from the section at the right under the heading "Community Corrections Resources" to learn more: