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Community corrections provides a wide range of community supervision and treatment services for referring agencies. Today's community corrections sytems offer a graduated system of supervision options for offenders within community settins for those poised to re-enter society. Additionally, community corrections provide a graduated system of support and treatment services that provide offenders the opportunity for positive behavioral change.

To be effective, community corrections systems and services must be part of a jurisdiction's sentencing structure and system principles, and operate within a policy framework that guides the use and development of individual community programs and services.

  1. A composite community corrections sentence should be no more severe than is necessary to achieve societal goals and meet accountability requirements for the public safety concerns of the community.
  2. Community corrections is usually a more effective and prudent punishment than incarceration for non-violent offenders
  3. Incarceration should be reserved for violent, predatory and very serious offenders who pose a safety risk to the public.
  4. The least restrictive and least costly means of sanctioning offenders should be implemented consistent with public safety needs.
  5. Offenders in community corrections should be held accountable for their behavior and they should learn the consequences of their actions.
  6. Victim reparation and restoration, community service, education and employment should be an integral part of any community corrections system

Where sentencing guidelines are developed, they should ensure that non-violent offenders are presumptively selected for community corrections sentences.

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