The Role of Human Service Providers During Community Supervision
As a part of their Addressing Challenges in Reentry and Human Services series of white papers addressing the payment of fines and fees, securing employment, and access to human services post-release, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released this white paper examining the intersection between community supervision and the human service needs of people on probation, parole, and pretrial release.
As the report discusses, one of every 58 American adults is currently under some form of community correctional supervision. People placed on community supervision, the report's authors contend, often have significant human service needs, some of which are addressed through correctional agency resources, but most of which are met, if at all, through community-based human service agencies.
This paper summarizes what is known about the human service needs of people on supervision, and catalogs the ways in which various forms of community supervision can operate to either facilitate or impede the meaningful delivery of programs, treatment, and other services to people on probation, parole, and pretrial release. This paper also proposes three keys targets for improving the efficient and effective delivery of human services to people on community supervision.