The For A Parole Program

993 Words Sep 28th, 2014 4 Pages
The use of parole has been around as early as the 1600s. Parole has grown into a program where offenders are released into the community with resources to help the offender reduce their chance of recidivating. Barton – Bellessa and Hanser said, “The true purpose of community correction [was] to reform those offenders who showed sufficient motivation and likelihood of being reformed (pgs. 441 and 443)”. Instead, in the past ten years, parole has been used to reduce overcrowding in prison instead of reintegrating the offender back into the community. For three decades parole has had a dreadful reputation for releasing prisoners into the community without being reformed. In order for a parole program to be successful, there are various elements that need to take place; a need for careful selection of offenders that deserve at chance at parole, communication between multiple departments need to be precise and often, community – based services need to be available and participate with the offender, and most important, the relationship between offender and case worker needs to be frequent and honest.

Before an individual is considered for the parole program, there needs to be an agreement on selection of offender between, case managers, parole officers, probation officers (if an offender is assigned one) and detention officers. The Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model is an exceptional reference for a case manager to use to take a look at all of the individuals that are…
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