Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) is helping celebrate the 2022 Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week) on July 17-23. The theme: “Restoring Trust, Creating Hope,” highlights how community corrections professionals are working to reduce recidivism and keep our communities safe.
Community corrections professionals oversee persons either convicted or adjudicated for the commission of a criminal offense outside of secured settings, and are administered by agencies or courts with the legal authority to enforce sanctions. Community corrections include probation supervision within the community rather than a secured setting—and parole—a period of conditional, supervised release from secured care.
“During the pandemic, many community corrections professionals have thoughtfully served as first responders in the name of safety and security and shifted their work models in the right ways to support, assist, and guide individuals under supervision. Their talent, compassion, and determination have been nothing less than praiseworthy,” says Veronica Ballard Cunningham, Executive Director/CEO of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA).
Community corrections professionals have helped drive significant, positive changes in Louisiana, by helping to provide the appropriate supervision and service to the right person at the right time.
“During PPPS Week, we urge you to learn more about our amazing profession, thank the community corrections professionals that serve your community, and help support the profession,” added Cunningham.