Demonstrate your understanding of the lesson objectives by completing a 3- to 4-page (850-1,400 words) critical thinking essay with at least five references cited in the paper using APA style. The corrections function is the last component of the criminal justice system. When offenders re-enter the community, it is with the hope that they will live as productive, law-abiding citizens in regular society. Unfortunately, many find their way back into the system very quickly, and so begins the process again, starting with the arrest. what are some factors contributing to this cycle, and how can correctional professionals such as probation or parole officers address it? Include in your response some of the challenges a former inmate might face as he/she attempts to re-integrate with society and how the correctional system can help minimize the risk of recidivism.