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NCJ Number: 193099 Find in a Library
Title: Probation and Parole Officers: Ethical Behavior (From Morality and the Law, P 119-129, 2001, Roslyn Muraskin and Matthew Muraskin, eds. -- See NCJ-193090)
Author(s): Roslyn Muraskin
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall Publishing
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Sale Source: Prentice Hall Publishing
Criminal Justice and Police Training
1 Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter summarizes the tasks of probation and parole officers and outlines the Code of Ethics of the American Probation and Parole Association.
Abstract: The tasks of probation and parole agencies reflect both the therapeutic model, which involves improving the welfare of the individual offender, and the intervention model, which can range from modifying the behavior of individuals to the reform of capitalist society. The Code of Ethics of the American Probation and Parole Association requires that probation and parole officers render professional services both to the justice system and the community at large in assisting the offender to achieve social adjustment. In so doing, the officers must ensure that the public is protected from the criminal activity of probationers and parolees. The Code of Ethics warns against accepting or granting favors under occupational authority and charges officers with distinguishing between officers' statements and actions as an individual and as a representative of the profession. This chapter raises some questions about the application of some of the mandates of this Code of Ethics to particular issues, such as charging offenders a fee for probation and/or parole services, the intrusiveness and practical value of the presentence report, the degree of involvement of victims in probation and parole decision making, and how to balance concern for clients with concern for victims and the community. The author notes the dependence of officers' ethical performance of their duties on sufficient funding for the services required. 7 references
Main Term(s): Correctional personnel
Index Term(s): Probation casework; Probation management; Probation officer attitudes; Probation or parole agencies; Probation or parole decisionmaking; Probation or parole officers; Probation or parole services; Professional conduct and ethics
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