Public Correctional Policy on:
Capital PunishmentClassificationCommunity CorrectionsConditions of Confinement Correctional Industry
Female Offender ServicesHigher EducationManagement of Legal Issues and LitigationUse of Force
Policy on ProbationPrivate Sector Involvement in CorrectionsPurpose of CorrectionSentencing Policy
Religious Faith and PracticePolicy on ProbationCorrectional Staff Recruitment and Development
Correctional Standards and AccreditationAppropriate Sanctions and Controls

Capital Punishment

Correctional agencies administer sanctions and punishment imposed by courts for unlawful behavior. In some jurisdictions the law permits capital punishment, and corrections officials have the final responsibility to carry out these executions. Opinions about capital punishment are strongly held, based upon fundamental values about public safety and human life.

There is no uniformity of position about such a controversial issue as capital punishment, either within the corrections profession or as a matter of public opinion at large. A single position for or against capital punishment would not be a fair or candid representation of the range of strongly held and thoughtfully considered positions that exist within the profession.

Policy Statement.

Correctional professionals have a fundamental responsibility to support participation in the public dialogue concerning capital punishment, and to
A. Implement improvement as necessary to comply with appropriate standards specified or referenced in the following manuals and supplements:
Standards for Adult Parole Authorities
Standards for Adult Community Residential Services
Standards for Adult Probation and Parole Field Services
Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions
Standards for Adult Local Detention Facilities
Standards for Juvenile Community Residential Facilities
Standards for Juvenile Probation and Aftercare Services
Standards for Juvenile Detention Facilities
Standards for Juvenile Training Schools
Standards for the Administration of Correctional Agencies
B. Seek and maintain accreditation through the voluntary process developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections in order that through self-regulation and peer review, necessary improvements are made, programs and services come into compliance with appropriate Standards, and professional recognition is obtained.

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