Source: (1997) Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.

The study also examined agencies' level of involvement in CRJ. The information was sought to support the development of NIC training to be provided in fiscal year 1998. Surveys were distributed to 157 agencies that provide community corrections services, 29 State corrections agencies without a community corrections division, 92 member agencies in NIC's Large Jail Network, and 32 victims' services agencies. A total of 158 survey responses were received. Profiles of the response sample compare judicial versus executive agencies, agency functions, and geographic area served. Data on current levels of agency involvement pertain to corrections agencies that are participating in an operating system, corrections agencies that have decided to participate in a CRJ system, and corrections agencies currently developing systems. Among the 21 training topics identified in the survey instrument, 5 received the most interest from the respondents: establishing/maintaining community involvement and partnerships (82 percent of respondents); funding and resources (68 percent); defining and implementing CRJ processes (65 percent); involving offenders in the sanctioning process (62 percent); and developing strategies for working with victims (60 percent). Also presented in this report are respondent-identified training topics, critical needs, and general comments by respondents. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service,