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NCJ Number: 122594 Find in a Library
Title: Probation and Parole Officers: Police Officers or Social Workers (From State of Corrections: Proceedings of ACA Annual Conferences, 1989, P 67-73, 1990, Ann Dargis, ed. -- See NCJ-122583)
Author(s): B J Nidorf
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Recent trends in community corrections have made it difficult to determine whether the role of probation and parole officers should be one of social workers or police officers, advocates or adversaries of offenders, or rehabilitators or punishers.
Abstract: Community corrections has moved to adopt the sanction orientation rather than its previous orientation toward rehabilitation. Adopting this orientation has already enhanced the credibility and standing of community corrections, both in the criminal justice system and in the community. A clear determination of the best role for community corrections professionals will further enhance this standing. Thus, community corrections should recognize that its focus is on the idea that people can change and that its goal is to remove the criminal's activity from the community. Therefore, probation and parole officers should recognize that they are neither police officers nor social workers. Instead, they are community correctional workers who try to protect the community by changing criminals or their environment to remove criminal activity from the community.
Main Term(s): Probation or parole officers
Index Term(s): Role conflict; Role perception
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