Community Corrections Supervision: A Comparison of Neighborhood Based Supervision Officers With Traditional Community Corrections Officers

Faith E. Lutze, Washington State University
David W. Murphy, Washington State University at Pullman

The Washington State Department of Corrections has implemented an innovative approach to community corrections, referred to as Neighborhood Based Supervision (NBS), in Spokane. This program geographically locates community corrections officers in community oriented police substations (COP-Shops) across the city. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and improve neighborhood safety by engaging law enforcement and community members in the monitoring and support of offenders living in the community. This qualitative study analyses the approach used by NBS officers to supervise offenders in the community and compares them to the approaches used by traditional community corrections officers.

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Updated 05/20/2006