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Perspectives

Publication Date

5-1-2010

Abstract

This paper will examine the impact and effect community-based corrections have on the reduction of recidivism for adult offenders. More specifically, I will focus on three commonly used types of such corrections in the United States: community supervision, supportive reintegration, and electronic monitoring. I propose that these community-based correctional programs will reduce reoffending rates.

I will first provide a theoretical perspective to provide a foundational support, followed by a background of community-based corrections and their usage in contemporary American courts. I will then review the research regarding community supervision, supportive reintegration, and electronic monitoring, and discuss how these programs affect recidivism, how they may be improved, and implications for future research. Offender-community integration is more relevant than ever as prison populations continue to increase and more inmates are being released back into society (U.S. Department of Justice 2009). Community-based corrections, if utilized appropriately and efficiently, have the potential to decrease overcrowded prisons, be more cost-effective than incarceration, and reduce reoffending rates (Bouffard and Muftic 2006).

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