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NCJ Number: 50670 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PROBATION BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (FROM INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS AND THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 12TH ANNUAL INTERAGENCY WORKSHOP - PROCEEDINGS, 1977 - SEE NCJ-50660)
Author(s): R E KELDGORD
Corporate Author: Sam Houston State University
Criminal Justice Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77340
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PURPOSES AND LIMITATION OF PROBATION ARE CONSIDERED, AND ITS DEGREE OF SUCCESS IS EXAMINED.
Abstract: IT IS NOTED THAT PROBATION HANDLES THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF THE CORRECTIONAL POPULATION AND IS COMPARATIVELY INEXPENSIVE TO OPERATE. PROBATION IS INDICATED TO BE THE PROCESS BY WHICH OFFENDERS FREQUENTLY ARE REQUIRED TO PAY FINES AND MAKE RESTITUTION TO VICTIMS AND THE COMMUNITY. ILLUSTRATIONS OF HOW THE RESTITUTION ASPECTS OF PROBATION ARE ACCOMPLISHED ARE PROVIDED FROM THE PIMA COUNTY ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT, TUCSON, ARIZ., THE DEPARTMENT WHERE THE AUTHOR SERVES AS CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER. PROBATION AS THE CONTEXT FOR COORDINATING COMMUNITY SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE PROBATIONER ACCORDING TO HIS NEED IS ALSO DISCUSSED ALONG WITH THE PROFILE OF THE TYPICAL PROBATION OFFICER IS IN TERMS OF AGE, EDUCATION, MARITAL STATUS, AND SALARY. HIS ROLE IS SEEN TO BE THAT OF A PEACE OFFICER CONCERNED WITH COMMUNITY PROTECTION, AS WELL AS THAT OF A 'BROKER OF SERVICES' IN REHABILITATING PROBATIONERS. THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPICAL PROBATIONER ARE ALSO LISTED. PROBATION IS VIEWED AS BEING LIMITED TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE OR EFFECTIVE FOR ALL OFFENDERS. SUCCESS IN PROBATION IS DEFINED AS COMPLETION OF THE TERM WITHOUT REVOCATION. BY THIS DEFINITION, PROBATION IS REPORTED TO HAVE A 60 TO 80 PERCENT SUCCESS RATE NATIONWIDE. THIS IS CONSIDERED TO MAKE IT WORTH THE EFFORT. SOME OF THE ADVANCES OF PROBATION DEPARTMENTS IN RELATION TO OTHER CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES ARE NOTED--IMPROVED INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INCREASING BUDGETS, AND EXPANDED PROGRAMS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION. IT IS ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE POPULATION OF PROBATIONERS IS TENDING TO HAVE AN INCREASING PERCENTAGE OF DIFFICULT CASES. THIS IS BELIEVED DUE TO THE SIPHONING OFF OF HIGH PERCENTAGE REHABILITATION OFFENDERS THROUGH PRETRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAMS. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Arizona; Probation or parole officers; Probation or parole services; Probation statistics; Probationers
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