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Community Corrections

WHEREAS, there is a common perception among many policymakers that their constituents are not supportive of community corrections programs.

WHEREAS, studies indicate that the general public wants tough, but rehabilitative community programs for non-violent offenders.

WHEREAS, community corrections programs address public concerns because they can:
-- provide public safety
-- sanction offenders and hold them accountable for their behavior
-- be effective in changing behavior
-- be more cost-effective than institutions
-- reduce institutional crowding
-- provide restitution
-- reduce taxpayer costs (e.g., through collection of substantial fees and taxes from
offenders involved in these programs).
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the American Correctional Association believes there is sufficient evidence to show that the general public will support the expansion of community corrections programs throughout America for offenders who do not pose a threat to public safety; and

While society will always need facilities for offenders who present an immediate danger, the American Correctional Association calls upon policymakers to support existing and fund additional community based programs for offenders who do not pose a threat to public safety.
Last Updated: 02/03/2010 10:35 PM
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