A week of celebration
and recognition!

Everyone deserves a chance; a chance to work or go to school, a chance to be part of family, a chance to belong to the community, a chance to become a better person, a chance to help and be helped by others, a chance to accept responsibilities and be responsible, a chance to succeed, a chance to pursue happiness, a chance to hope. Adult and youthful offenders are no less deserving of such a chance. And, it is the dedicated practitioners of Probation and Parole who are making a difference to ensure every person charged with community supervision is given the opportunity for a “Second Chance.”

Today, more than any other time in our industry, Probation and Parole officers have the tools, knowledge and training to make smart, common sense decisions, and to utilize proven approaches to help individuals placed on probation or released from institutions to succeed in the community and to improve public safety. The costly cycle of recidivism takes a major toll on our communities. The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the thousands of community corrections professionals represented by APPA are working hard to address these challenges at the national, state and local levels.

Please join us in celebrating 2010 Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week - July 18 to 24 - and support a Second Chance! I hope that the resources in this kit help you to celebrate your efforts to provide services to offenders and to monitor their behavior for the good of all our communities.

Barbara Broderick, President of APPA
APPA President