In a response to a technical assistance request in November, 2011, NIC convened a series of meetings to discuss the viability of forming a working group of community corrections professionals. We determined there was a need and benefit to the field if we invited nationally and internationally based corrections associations such as: American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA), International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), and the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE). The group assembled together in Washington DC on September 26 & 27, 2012 to form "The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)" and to determine the purpose, mission and vision of this network. The network defined its mission as: "The Community Corrections Collaborative Network will serve as the forum to develop and work the emerging issues, activities and goals of the community corrections field."
As a collective group, the network agreed to develop a position paper with the intent of examining the reinvestment of resources in community corrections. The CCCN wants to form partnerships in the criminal justice community and create a shared message and understanding of community corrections; influence legislation, funding and policy at the federal, state, and local levels; and assist in prioritizing research areas from national and international operational experience which promotes evidence-based practices. The CCCN meets twice per fiscal year, typically once in the early spring and once in the fall.
The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) will serve as the forum to develop and work the emerging issues, activities and goals of the community corrections field.
The Community Corrections Collaborative Network will:
- Create a shared message and understanding of community corrections;
- Influence community corrections legislation, funding and policy at the federal, state and local levels;
- Assist in prioritizing research areas that emerge from international and national operational experience which promotes evidence based practices;
- And enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of community corrections-related professional associations.
- Definition of Community Corrections
Community corrections is a system established to supervise adults and juveniles under legal authority in the community, in order to promote justice and enhance public safety through the reduction of crime and victimization.
Criteria for Membership in the Network
National or international membership-based associations that are (1) primarily focused on community corrections as understood in this Network's definition of community corrections. (See above) and (2) are comprised primarily of practitioners. There will be two (2) at-large positions on CCCN with persons nominated annually by CCCN association representatives with no person serving more than two y ears. To be eligible for an at-large position a person must have been an association representative on CCCN. NIC will determine which nominees will be confirmed. An outgoing president of an association with a seat on CCCN may continue for one CCCN meeting past the end of his/her term.
Note: Each member association's executive board will name two representatives, the president and vice president or their equivalent, with expressed authority to act on behalf of the association of the Network.
Decision-making Within the Network
The Network will make decisions on a consensus basis. However, if that proves impossible on a particular issue, even after sincere efforts, the Network can choose to decide by achieving a two-thirds majority vote on that issue.
If the Network does not reach agreement on a particular initiative, some member associations may choose to coalesce to act on that initiative, but may not use the name of the Network.
Expectations of the Network's Member Associations
- Their representatives commit to attend Network meetings.
- The associations promote the Network's initiatives and products.
- The associations commit to the Vision and Mission of the Network.
- Those representing the member associations on the Network actively participate in discussions both in Network meetings and as needed between meetings.
- Representatives engage their own association in the work of the Network.
- Representatives remain system focused at the Network meetings, not association focused.
For additional information, please contact Greg Crawford, Correctional Program Specialist - National Institute of Corrections