Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

Past Event
August 19, 2015, 8:00 am

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center and the American Probation and Parole Association, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justices’ Bureau of Justice Assistance

In recent years, social media has become a valuable tool for community supervision agencies to monitor and address the activities of people on probation or parole, and in the pre-sentencing investigations of people charged with crimes. This webinar shares emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards.

Presenters identify some of the issues agencies may encounter as they incorporate social media standards into their operational practices, as well as provide examples of agencies that have implemented similar policies. This webinar also provides managers and line officers with training resources and an example of a social media policy currently in place.

Download the sample social media policy discussed during the webinar.
Download the APPA issue paper discussed during the webinar.


  • Joe Russo, Director, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, Corrections Technology Center of Excellence, University of Denver
  • Les Schultz, Director, Brown County Probation Department
  • Adam Matz, Research Associate, American Probation and Parole Association
  • Dr. Heather Tubman-Carbone, Grantee Technical Assistance Manager, Corrections, The Council of State Governments Justice Center


  • Dr. Heather Tubman-Carbone, Grantee Technical Assistance Manager, Corrections, The Council of State Governments Justice Center

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