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Title: NIJ Survey of Probation and Parole Agency Directors
Journal: Alternatives to Incarceration  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(May/June 1996)  Pages:32-34
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The 1994 National Assessment Program survey by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of probation and parole agency directors found that caseload management led the list of workload problems faced by agency directors.
Abstract: A total of 368 directors of local probation and parole agencies (67 percent of the 546 surveyed) and 54 directors of State probation and parole agencies (87 percent of the 62 surveyed) responded. About 90 percent of agency directors indicated they needed more field officers to handle increased caseloads. The primary reason for increased caseloads was the rise in drug abuse cases. Agency directors were especially concerned about the adequacy of drug abuse treatment programs in their jurisdictions. About 87 percent reported having such programs, but 81 percent indicated a need for improvement. More agency directors expressed concern about boot camps than about other alternative sanctions. They had mixed opinions about work release centers, and electronic monitoring was widely available in their jurisdictions. Many agency directors said they felt responsible for providing mental health services to probationers and parolees. Agency directors recommended alternative sanctions and dealing with sex offenders as topics for further NIJ research and evaluation. Specifically, they wanted to know the extent to which boot camps, electronic monitoring, and day reporting were effective and how to effectively treat and monitor sex offenders. 1 table
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Caseload management; Corrections effectiveness; Courts; Drug offenders; Drug treatment programs; Electronic monitoring of offenders; Mental health services; Parole statistics; Probation or parole agencies; Probation or parole services; Probation statistics; Sex offenders; Work release
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