correctional agency | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

A correctional agency is a government organization that is responsible for the supervision and management of individuals who have been convicted of crimes and are serving sentences in the criminal justice system.

Correctional agencies may be at the federal, state, or local level and may include facilities such as prisons, jails, and probation or parole offices.

The primary role of a correctional agency is to ensure the safe and secure confinement of individuals convicted of crimes and provide rehabilitation and support to help them reintegrate into society. Correctional agencies may offer a range of programs and services, such as education, job training, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services, in an effort to reduce recidivism and promote successful reentry.

Correctional agencies often work closely with other criminal justice agencies, such as law enforcement and the courts, to ensure that individuals are held accountable for their crimes and to protect public safety.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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