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Preventing and Responding to Corrections-Based Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Community Corrections Professionals

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Date Published
December 2009
74 pages
This guide provides a general overview of corrections-based sexual assault as it relates to line staff and supervisors in community corrections agencies.
This document provides guidance to community corrections officials, both supervisors and line staff, regarding the prevention, reduction, detection, and punishment of sexual misconduct perpetrated on those under supervision of community corrections, whether that misconduct occurs within facilities or under community supervision. The targeted population can be exposed to sexual misconduct in any of the following settings: prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers, halfway houses; on parole, probation, pretrial release, or bail; in a day reporting center, pretrial diversion program, as well as a drug, mental health, or other specialty court; on community service, or under any supervision through a private provider. This guidebook does not to require additional work from officers as a solution, but rather demonstrates how line staff can do their job more effectively through the adoption and use of simple strategies and practices. Critical to this end is the provision of a safe environment for offender supervision, whether in a probation or parole office, a community residential program, a halfway house, or during pretrial release. References and appendixes

Date Published: December 1, 2009