CCCN believed that for community corrections to succeed in the future, a document would be needed to serve as a platform for communicating its message to the field, potential partners, and potential funders and policymakers about what it takes to sustain community corrections effectively.
3) Because mass incarceration is not working, CCCN believes the timing is perfect for identifying partners for building momentum toward justice reinvestment.
4 CCCN believes that community corrections is a cost-effective way to reduce crime, recidivism and victimization.
At the network meeting in February 2013, CCCN met with then Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs Mary Lou Leary, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs James Burch, and Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Denise O'Donnell, along with other key staff at both agencies to discuss potential partnerships for justice reinvestment, research and how to create a shared message about community corrections.
CCCN met again with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to further discuss critical topics in community corrections, including justice reinvestment, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its implications on the criminal justice population, and the Second Chance Act.
During the spring 2014 meeting, CCCN met with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Justice For Vets and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities.
Results of the CCCN project were presented at the Fall 2007 Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP) poster session, where other administration personnel and faculty members became aware of the results of the student project.
The experience of the CCCN and CETS exercises had many beneficial impacts on students.
For other students, involvement with CCCN and CETS was an opportunity for individual growth.
Since the CCCN project, we helped organize Calvin's Focus the Nation (19) activities, participated in planning the first-ever Calvin Sustainability Summit, (20) and spoke at the Faculty Conference in the following autumn.
Many students began the CCCN project with a sense of bewilderment at what they were expected to accomplish in the semester: they had never before been asked to work on such a large and coordinated project.
Along the way, the CCCN project evolved from a group assignment to a collective responsibility.