News Release

APPA Supports Determined and Balanced Crime Prevention
For Immediate Release: 03/08/2000

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) recently passed a new position statement on crime prevention. APPA believes it is the responsibility of professionals working within the field of probation, parole and community corrections to ensure that whatever is appropriate and necessary is done to prevent crime and promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities as a whole. Crime prevention practices are the building blocks of community justice and embrace the principles and values of restorative justice.

APPA’s vision resolves to embrace a balance of prevention, intervention and advocacy. It is this vision that guides the organization in promoting efforts that help create safe and vital communities where crime and delinquency cannot flourish.

Crime prevention is critical to reducing crime victimization and rehabilitating offenders. Probation, parole and community corrections professionals must:

  • Invest in long-term crime prevention efforts in such a way as to compliment the traditional responsibilities of supervision, intervention and sanctioning of offenders.
  • Make substantive and unique contributions to crime prevention efforts within the community.
  • Develop partnerships to discuss, promote and practice crime prevention within the community.
  • Conduct business in different and non-traditional ways.
  • Actively participate in existing crime prevention planning within the community.
  • Commit resources to insure the success of crime prevention activities.

View APPA’s new Crime Prevention Statement at: http://www.appa-net.org/about appa/crimeprevention.htm