Corrections refers to the supervision of persons arrested for, convicted of, or sentenced for criminal offenses. Correctional populations fall into two general categories: institutional corrections and community corrections (Corrections, Bureau of Justice Statistics, retrieved April 30, 2013).
Supervising offenders in the community and preparing offenders for return to their communities are critical to protecting public safety. Community supervision officers must balance the time required to manage growing caseloads and their desire to provide offenders with the services they need to become law abiding citizens (Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance, retrieved April 8, 2013).
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating "National Correctional Officers’ Week." Each year, the first full week in May recognizes the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections facilities across the country.
To recognize the contributions made by the men and women who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country, NCJRS presents this compilation of resources related to correctional facilities and staff within the facilities. Please select a topic from the following list or from the section at the right under the heading "Correctional Resources" to learn more: