A Qualitative Analysis of Criminal Justice Professionals’ Perceptions of Police Use of Community Notifications and Re-entry of High-risk People Post-incarceration

  • Author / Creator
    Brown, Delphine
  • This thesis explores the perceptions of criminal justice professionals on police use of public disclosures for people re-entering the community post-incarceration. To better understand the practice of public disclosures, this thesis includes a qualitative thematic analysis of in-depth semi-structured interviews with police detectives and front-line workers in non-profit, social service organizations in two cities in Alberta. I find that police and front-line workers perceive both positive and negative consequences regarding the use of public disclosures for people re-entering the community post-incarceration. Both perceive that despite some of the concerns about negative consequences and effectiveness of the practice, there are some appropriate times to issue public disclosures, when the risk posed by the individual is great enough that the safety of the community outweighs their individual needs. Also, both perceive that the public disclosures fulfill a service or obligation from the police towards the community. This thesis summarizes police and front-line workers’ suggestions for improving the practice and contributes to research on community notifications in the Canadian context. The findings of this thesis, drawing upon the perspectives of those with relevant knowledge and experience, may be useful to policymakers and those who work with people re-entering the community post-incarceration. This can be valuable in developing effective policies and practices regarding re-entry and community safety.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2022
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  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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