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Social Work and Criminal Justice

Social workers serving clients in the criminal justice system, including offenders and their families, are criminal justice social workers or forensic social workers. They may work with inmates, recently released ex-offenders, or people identified for targeted secondary prevention or intervention programs such as drug court. Social workers are responsible for identifying rehabilitative services the justice system originally intended with correctional facilities, or to support family members impacted by offender actions.