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The Crime Report: Community Justice Programs Face New Pressure in Health Crisis

Thursday, May 14, 2020  
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In criminal justice circles, most talk about the pandemic has focused on the devastating threat posed by the coronavirus to prisons and jails as well as the nation’s police forces.

Less appreciated is its impact on justice programs that work in communities, including nonprofits that help those on probation and parole and inmates who are released from custody.

The spread of the virus has had a major effect on such programs, which already had a very challenging time even before the virus spread.

While the attention to the illness and death among 2.2 million people behind bars around the U.S. is well deserved, more than twice as many—4.5 million the last time a national count was issued, for 2016—were on “community supervision” of various kinds.

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