THE AMERICAN PROBATION AND PAROLE ASSOCIATION (APPA) is an international membership association of pretrial, probation, and parole professionals. Founded in 1975 in Kentucky, APPA primarily works to develop and educate the community corrections workforce to improve outcomes, reduce re-offenses, and enhance public safety, as well as to advocate for best practices and policies in the field.
APPA is working to increase the publics understanding of the vitally important work done across this nation, and globally. The work is emotionally demanding, yet it is interesting, eye-opening, and necessary. Consider one of the most recent estimates published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that in 2014 there were three million adults on probation supervision alone. That number is a fraction of the total population of adults and juveniles under some form of community supervision; and that number will increase exponentially over the next decade with the move to decrease the number of low-level offenders in jails and prisons. As you can see, this is a mammoth, vitally important issue.
In 2017 APPA will embark upon an epic membership campaign. This reception is a precursor to the official campaign kickoff. Currently there are 36,000 members (including individuals and agencies); the goal is to more than double that number by the end of the campaign. Our members benefit from APPA in a number of ways, including but not limited to broadening their industry knowledge, taking charge of their careers, enhancing their networks, and giving back to their communities.
And while most members of the association are community corrections professionals, countless members are simply interested citizens individuals as well as public and private organizations. Why? Because unlike most professions, corrections works to enhance public safety, and public safety is personal as such, it should be of interest and concern for everyone.