Assignment: Offenders Reentering Communities

Within the criminal justice system, the classification of the crime and the classification of the offender will, in large part, determine the available pathways for the offender to return to the community. Individuals who have committed violent crimes are less likely to be allowed probation as an alternative to incarceration, whereas first-time offenders are likely to be seen as better candidates for community treatment programs.

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

Consider an offender group relevant to your current or future profession, including needs and concerns for this group. Ex. Sex offenders, abusive/neglectful parents, etc.

Analyze the community placement pathways available for offenders in your community (city/county/state). Explain what they are, how they work, and the strengths and limitations of each.

Evaluate the Interactive Community in terms of resources and pathways for the offender population you selected. Explain what is done well and what could be improved regarding the resources available.