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NCJ Number: 136804 Find in a Library
Title: Refocused Probation Home Visit: A Subtle But Revolutionary Change
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:56  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:16-21
Author(s): C Lindner
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
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Language: English
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Annotation: This examination of revolutionary changes that are occurring in the probation home visit discusses major forces currently shaping probation supervision, organizational changes within probation, and policy considerations.
Abstract: Probation home visits have historically been used in the control/law enforcement function of probation work as well as in the treatment/service function; however, the current state of probation -- dramatically affected by burgeoning caseloads, increased numbers of "difficult" clients, and emerging issues of officer safety -- has made it necessary to rethink the concept of home visits. Now many agencies are limiting home visits to high-risk cases solely for control. This approach is consistent with a shift in probation practice towards a law enforcement orientation. Probation might be better served through bifurcated officer roles, with some serving solely as control officers, trained and equipped to perform control tasks and others providing social and rehabilitation services. Another variation would be to hire less qualified and lower paid surveillance officers to work as part of a team with probation officers. 35 references
Main Term(s): Probation casework
Index Term(s): Parole supervision; Personal Security/Self Protection; Probation conditions
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