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