Community Corrections Publication Looks at Using Technology To Address Needs and Concerns JTIC December 16, 2019Community CX—ESB Professional/Shutterstock.comNational Institute of JusticeThe National Institute of Justice-funded Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative recently convened a workshop panel of correctional administrators and researchers to look at ways technology innovations can help community corrections agencies handle increased caseloads with diminishing resources. The resulting report, Leveraging Technology to Enhance Community Supervision: Identifying Needs to Address Current and Emerging Concerns, looks at two main questions: What challenges do community corrections agencies face in terms of leveraging new technologies, and how can these challenges be addressed? and What are the high-priority needs associated with leveraging technology in community corrections?The panel agreed that technology advances can improve officer safety and skills, help agencies improve their operations, and help maintain accountability and facilitate positive behavioral change. The report offers more detail on those key findings and includes 18 recommendations touching on technologies such as virtual reality, wearables, video analytics and location monitoring technology. The recommendations also look at research needs and identifying best practices in several areas.The November 2019 report can be read online or downloaded as a PDF from here.