The American Probation and Parole Association is an international association composed of primarily of individuals from the United States and Canada actively involved with pretrial, probation, parole and community-based corrections, in both adult and juvenile sectors. All levels of government including local, state/provincial, tribal, legislative, executive, judicial, and federal agencies are counted among its constituents. By taking the initiative, APPA has grown to represent approximately 40,000 probation and parole practitioners including line staff, supervisors and administrators. Educators, volunteers and concerned citizens with an interest in criminal and juvenile justice are also among APPA's members. The association represents a strong, unified voice for the field of community corrections whose mission is to serve, challenge and empower its members and constituents by educating, communicating and training; advocating and influencing; acting as a resource and conduit for information, ideas and support; developing standards and models; and collaborating with other disciplines.
APPA and its affiliate organizations successfully implement numerous research, evaluation, and training programs, and APPA has had a long history of effectively administering federally-funded projects—including those funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Our constituents have come to expect us to provide them with high quality, timely, and relevant information to assist them in developing and implementing more effective programs and practices.