Corrections professionals carry an overwhelming amount of responsibilities – from housing and supervising offenders at
various security levels, to administering multiple programs and treatment for offenders, and supervising them in the
community. Given the vast amount of duties they perform, why should corrections professionals shoulder yet another such
as implementing victims’ rights?
One reason is because it is the right thing to do. A second reason is illustrated by the fact that a growing number of
corrections professionals have concluded that addressing victim issues and interests in the context of the correctional
system not only benefits the victim, but also the post-conviction process. For example, parole hearings in which the
victim gives an impact statement provides parole boards a fuller understanding of the facts surrounding the crime –
beyond offering a sense of the true magnitude and impact of the crime. Further, corrections professionals should care
about and enforce victims’ rights because it is the law.
Finally, in order for victims to be granted their statutory and constitutional rights in the context of the corrections
system, professionals must have the will to carry them out. Obviously, it takes will to secure both the skills and the
bills necessary for implementation of victims’ rights. But beyond this, it takes a commitment to create and maintain the
systems that deliver the promise made to crime victims by the elected officials (in the case of statutes) or the people
(in the case of constitutional amendments) when they made such mandates into law.
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Corrections as a profession itself has evolved from seemingly unconnected jobs and agencies in the diverse settings of
jails, prisons and community corrections into a more cohesive system of organizations with a common denominator – the
dynamic balance of public safety and offender rehabilitation and correctio
LeMaster, L. (2010). Corrections as a career. Corrections Today, 72(5), 8-8,14. Retrieved from
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