Today’s criminal justice network is comprised of multiple, interrelated organizations with one mission – to protect and serve society. This diverse group of practitioners includes law enforcement officers, corrections officers, probation and parole officers, judges, court administrators, attorneys, paralegals, mental health professionals, and paraprofessionals. Individuals within each group hold distinct roles and perspectives regarding offender behavior, punishment, and rehabilitation.
Judges, prosecutors, court administrators and law enforcement officers serve the public – while defense attorneys, probation and parole officers, and mental health professions serve the accused and convicted. This system of checks and balances requires effective communications between practitioners to keep the network viable. From criminal, civil, and juvenile to traffic and magistrate cases, practitioners simply must work efficiently together.