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Types of Placement

 Diversion Placements
Diversion is the component of Community Corrections that provides a sentencing option to judges at the time of conviction.  Judges may place offenders with less than two prior felony convictions on probation, or sentence any felon to prison or to Community Corrections.  The legislative preference has been to use Community Corrections Diversion primarily as a alternative to a prison sentence. 

Transition Placements
Transition refers to the component of Community Corrections that places prison inmates in local residential facilities prior to their parole release.  The purpose is to establish employment, begin contacts with family, and develop community support systems within a structured setting before full release to the community.

Condition of Parole Placements
Legislative changes in 1987 enabled the Parole Board to refer parolees to Community Corrections.  The availability of Parole beds allows the Parole Board to place parolees who are exhibiting unstable behavior in the community, into a residential bed to control the behavior, stabilize the offender and reduce the number of regressions or revocations of parolees who violate "technical" conditions of their parole agreement.  Parolees committing new crimes or who are involved in serious violations of parole must be returned to secure facilities.  "Technical" conditions refer to rules of parole release, such as reporting to a parole officer, that do not involve violations of laws or ordinances.

Condition of Probation Placements
State statute allows probationers who are at risk to revocation to be placed in a community corrections program for stabilization and more intensive supervision.  As of 2013, these beds are relatively few in community corrections compared to Diversion, Transition, and Parole population.