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The Influence of Social Distance on Community Corrections Officer Perception of Offender Reentry Needs

Volume 72 Number 1
June 2008

Research suggests that offenders perceive officer-offender social distance as a potential barrier in the reentry process and, as a result, offenders sometimes do not trust their community corrections officers. Using survey data from sample state and federal community corrections officers in Seattle, the authors examine the relationship between offender-officer social distance and officer perception of offender post-release needs.