Community corrections programs oversee offenders outside of jail or prison, and are administered by agencies or courts with
the legal authority to enforce sanctions.
Community corrections include probation — correctional supervision within the community rather than jail or prison — and parole — a period of conditional, supervised release from prison.
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Reentry and recidivism are concepts closely tied to community corrections. Learn more about NIJ's research reentry and recidivism.
Date Modified: March 23, 2012