It's important that those who have been convicted of crimes know what services and resources are available to help them with life going forward. The right rehabilitation can help reduce the chances of repeat offense and prepare offenders to be valued members of society. Community corrections officers educate offenders about these rehabilitation options. In addition to providing assistance to offenders, community corrections officers report back to legal and judicial authorities to help determine further action, including potential parole.
This job often sees community corrections officers helping offenders with the transition from normal life to custody or from custody back into the community. Those in this role have a firm understanding of the resources available, including areas such as housing, education and professional opportunities as well as further rehabilitation work. This position is different from a correctional officer position, which involves oversight of inmates inside prisons.
There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Community Corrections Officer.