Source: (2002) In What is community justice? Case studies of restorative justice and community supervision, ed. David R. Karp and Todd R. Clear, pp. 111-134. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Any innovation in community corrections must have as a chief aim the reintegration of the offender into the community. Boston’s Operation Night Light centers on reintegration of gang members and thus reduction in youth violence. Contrary to some popular perceptions that innovative programs are "soft" crime and only applicable to minor nonviolent offenses, Operation Night Light combines serious concerns for public safety and offender accountability for violent crimes with significant support systems to assist reintegration. Corbett covers the following in his case study of Operation Night Light: its history, operation, and impact; important lessons learned from the program; and issues related to replication of the program.