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Title: State of Juvenile Probation 1992: Results of Nationwide Survey
Author(s): D W Thomas
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 89-JN-CX-K001
Sale Source: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
3700 South Water Street, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the findings of a 1992 survey that obtained data on juvenile probation officers, including information on some of the issues facing the profession in the 1990's.
Abstract: Using a random selection process, the survey was sent to over 3,000 probation administrators, supervisors, and line staff; over 1,197 responses from 48 States and the District of Columbia were received. Information was collected on such issues as demographic characteristics; job description and work history; salary, compensation, and benefits; organization and administration; education and training requirements; case supervision characteristics; job satisfaction; perceived needs; and emerging issues. Almost half of the respondents worked in urban departments, and 96 percent of the respondents had at least a 4-year college degree; 56 percent had postgraduate degrees or had taken graduate courses. Respondents had impressive experience in the field of juvenile probation, but more than three-quarters of all respondents earned less than $40,000 per year. More than half of the respondents were actively supervising a caseload of probationers; the size of their active caseloads ranged from 1-10 to over 400. Respondents were generally satisfied with their jobs. Commonly cited problems were lack of resources, understaffing, too many cases, job burnout, and not enough personal discretion. Information is also provided on reasons for becoming a juvenile probation officer, ingredients for improving job satisfaction, ingredients for enhancing careers, frustrations, and the ideal probation officer. 6 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile probation officers
Index Term(s): Caseloads; Education; Pay rates; Probation or parole officers; Work attitudes
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