NIC addresses the issue of violent offenders in community corrections programs.

Author:Barajas, Eduardo, Jr.
Position:National Institute of Corrections

Community corrections agencies today supervise more violent, high-risk offenders than ever before. These offenders threaten public safety and present a risk to the supervising agency. A single violent offense committed by an offender in a community corrections program could destroy lives and the community's sense of well-being. It also could destroy a correctional program.

Supervising high-risk offenders in community corrections programs requires a variety of skills and techniques and a balance of intrusive and therapeutic interventions. An effective strategy for supervising violent, high-risk offenders must combine surveillance, prevention, detection, treatment and confinement. In addition, valid classification instruments are needed to ensure proper allocation of resources for high-risk offenders and to prevent mislabeling.

In the past, the NIC Community Corrections Division has not directed resources to violent, high-risk offenders because the traditional community corrections client did not generally fit this profile. However, recognizing the growing numbers of these offenders in community corrections and the importance of this issue to the field, the division has begun addressing this topic through several initiatives.

The Community Corrections Division has plans to conduct a two- to three-day symposium focused specifically on the subject of violent, high-risk offenders. As part of a special emphasis initiative on "Public Protection Through Offender Risk Management," the...

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