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Protecting society through community corrections

Correctional Service of Canada
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Ottawa: Correctional Service of Canada

Most offenders in Canada spend only part of their sentence in prison; the rest is served in the community under particular conditions and supervision (by Correctional Service of Canada staff). Community corrections consists of gradually releasing offenders, assisting them in adjusting to life outside of prison, and ensuring public safety. This booklet surveys the nature and purpose of community corrections. It conveys information on the rationale for community corrections, principles of community corrections, types of conditional release, conditions governing release, the balancing of safety concerns and the rights of all affected parties, and operational elements (e.g., the correctional plan, key activities, and key people) in community corrections.


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