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Monitoring Offenders

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation [Webinar] (2015)

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center and the American Probation and Parole Association, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justices’ Bureau of Justice Assistance

"In recent years, social media has become a valuable tool for community supervision agencies to monitor and address the activities of people on probation or parole, and in the pre-sentencing investigations of people charged with crimes. This webinar shares emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards."

Issue Paper on The Use of Social Media in Community Corrections (2014)

American Probation and Parole Association is external).

"This paper was developed to elevate the awareness of the potential of social media, also known as social networking, in the field of community corrections. Monitoring client activity on social media can be an important component of the investigation or supervision process, however with opportunities come challenges. This paper will highlight the importance of establishing policies around social media use and identify some of the issues community corrections agencies may encounter as they incorporate social media in their investigation and supervision practices. Specifically, the paper addresses four areas of interest with social media usage in community corrections: client investigations and intelligence gathering; policy development available tools to assist agencies monitor social media; and training resources."

Voices From The Field

Under Development