Community Corrections Play A Major Role During The U.s. Criminal Justice System

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Community corrections play a major role in the U.S. criminal justice system; and it attempts to provide an alternative to institutional corrections, which is mutually more beneficial to the State, the offender, his family, as well as the community. Its mission is to deliver services that contribute to safer communities all while reducing the hassles that the families’ of the offender, the State (in form of considerable expenditures associated), as well as the community face due to institutional corrections. Unlike many other facets of correctional-based sanctions, community based alternatives to institutional corrections are the best suited to minimize the “penetration” of offenders into the “system.” The main goals and objectives of community corrections are to reduce prison populations, protect the public, keep offenders (although under supervision) in community, reduce offender recidivism, generate cost savings and ensure community safety by rehabilitating offenders from prison which helps to break the cycle of “re-offending.”
As of 2011, more than 2 million individuals were incarcerated in correctional institutions across the United States. As reflected by these figures, the jail and prison population has been ever expanding, and with this the issue of facility overcrowding has also been on the rise; increase in expenses to build, maintain and operate facilities. However, this leads to one of the most dominant criticism, and, at the same time one of the most attractive…

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