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NCJ Number: 182942 Find in a Library
Title: Probation and Parole: The Value of Reinvesting in Community Expertise
Journal: Corrections Management Quarterly  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2000  Pages:61-67
Author(s): Edward E. Rhine; Gerald R. Hinzman
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 7
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses what a field correctional agency must consider if it is committed to the task of reinvention and thus to adopting community-centered supervision strategies that are responsive to the citizenry.
Abstract: As part of reinventing probation and parole, it is of vital importance that field staff understand the new scope or direction their agency is taking. They will be operating in a "place-based" mode rather than one that is "office-based." They will become "community-oriented" or "community-focused" problem-solvers who provide enhanced public safety and victim protection, and they will become an integral part of the communities and neighborhoods they serve. The reinvention paradigm will require that probation and parole officers deal with some very old issues in a new light. These issues include, but are not limited to, offender anonymity versus offender accountability, the use of assessments for determining structure and treatment, the determination of how much information should and can be shared with new partners (including the public), and the manner in which their information is shared. Agency administrators must reconsider the tools they provide their officers on the street and perhaps the hiring standards as well. The movement to reinvent probation and parole assumes professionals in the system will be empowered to act far more effectively and to exert far more constructive leverage over offenders by reinvesting in the community and by sharing knowledge and problem-solving expertise. 10 references
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Probation; Probation casework; Probation effectiveness; Probation management; Probation or parole agencies; Probation or parole officer training; Probation or parole services
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