Interagency Collaboration Jail Populations Policing May 14, 2015

The Potential of Community Corrections to Improve Safety and Reduce Incarceration

The Vera Institute of Justice

As the size and cost of jails and prisons have grown, so too has the awareness that public investment in incarceration has not yielded the expected return in public safety. This creates an opportunity to reexamine the wisdom of our reliance on institutional corrections—incarceration in prisons or jails—and to reconsider the role of community-based corrections, which encompasses probation, parole, and pretrial supervision. This report provides an overview of the state of community corrections, the transformational practices emerging in the field and recommendations to policymakers on realizing the full value of community supervision to taxpayers and communities.


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