Three reasons why our communities need to rethink parole

Genuine community reform and addressing persistent parole problems start with thinking outside of the box and seeking real solutions that work for everyone. This call for reform has made its way to the prison system, and it’s time for our communities to rethink the way we see parole and how it’s addressed. 


As communities work to improve our parole systems, they should look to new technology systems that seek to support individuals, their families and the community as a whole, emphasizing recovery, rehabilitation and reentry. CorrisoftAIR is doing just that. With new technology methods and an empathetic approach, Corrisoft is helping communities rethink their present approach. 


1. Tailored supervision works better than a one-size-fits-all approach – which is what we have in most parole systems.

When communities try to create a new parole system, they often forget that every participant has a different set of experiences and needs. Aiding individuals in rehabilitation means our systems need to meet participants where they are in their process. Clarence McGuire, Program Director for the 32nd Judicial District Drug Court in Terrebonne, Louisiana, noticed these issues in his community corrections program and turned to CorrisoftAIR to better reach participants and improve overall success. 


“We gravitated toward the AIR program because it aims to provide benefits to both our agency and the program participants,” said McGuire. “By incorporating a customizable smart-technology program, Terrebonne provided long-term success for its participants and community.” 


2. Corrisoft’s smartphone technology allows officers to tailor to the participant’s needs. 

The AIR program gives correctional officers the opportunity to customize participant rehabilitation plans and efforts on a case-by-case basis. This personalized program gives participants access to professional and personal support services as they need it and gives them a reliable form of communication to contact their parole officers. When parole officers have the technology to communicate and personalize their programs, they can more effectively aid in participant rehabilitation and serve as a mentor in progress.  Participants can also can divide their time more effectively by spending less time and effort on low-risk participants and more time and attention on medium/high risk individuals.


3. Corrisoft AIR approach has made a positive impact in communities.

Communities that have implemented the Corrisoft AIR program have seen numerous community benefits such as reduced program costs, higher program graduation rates and improved participant accountability. These successes trickle down into everyday community life. Participants are at home with their families more, can maintain employment, and are given a safe and reliable way to distance themselves from harmful behaviors. These everyday successes improve individual experiences and positively impact community life. 


When we start on the path toward rethinking our present way of combating incarceration and adjusting parole efforts, our communities need to think creatively and holistically. By humanizing the parole system and seeking true rehabilitation, we have the chance to better individual lives and entire communities. If your agency is seeking to reimagine its parole programming and improve its community, connect with a Corrisoft professional today