As the nation observes Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week, July 17-23, 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to honor Oregon’s community corrections professionals.
Each day, community corrections professionals work hard to keep our communities safe, oftentimes putting themselves in harm’s way to ensure our safety. And their jobs go beyond monitoring conditions of supervision, holding offenders accountable, and ensuring compliance; every day they help change lives. They are working with individuals on supervision to locate housing and other community resources. They are holding meetings with offenders' family members and victims of their crimes, providing support and resources through the transition process. And, they are promoting evidence-based responses through programs and employment opportunities.
While we will never be satisfied with even one person committing another crime, we can take pride as a state in continually achieving low recidivism rates and seeing those rates continue to decline. Community Corrections, along with the rest of our public safety partners, Oregon’s public safety policies, and the support of communities and families, receive credit for these positive public safety outcomes.
As we celebrate this week, please take time to stop and thank all community corrections employees in Oregon – including our very own Linn and Douglas County professionals – for their tireless dedication to public safety.
Colette S. Peters Kim Brockamp
Director Deputy Director