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NCJ Number: 68295 Find in a Library
Title: ALLOCATION OF TIME IN THE PROBATION AND AFTER-CARE SERVICE IN THE NETHERLANDS - A STUDY
Author(s): M J M BRAND-KOOLEN; J L P SPICKENHEUER; L C M TIGGES
Corporate Author: Netherlands Ministry of Justice
Research and Documentation Centre
Netherlands
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Netherlands Ministry of Justice
2500 Eh the Hague, Netherlands
Publication Number: 28
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: THE NETHERLANDS' ASSOCIATION OF PROBATION AND AFTER-CARE ORGANIZATIONS WAS SURVEYED TO DISCOVER HOW THE PROBATION OFFICERS DIVIDE THEIR TIME, THE ATTITUDES AND OPINIONS OF THE OFFICERS, AND CASELOAD DETERMINATION.
Abstract: THE PROBATION AND AFTER-CARE SERVICE WAS INTENDED TO RENDER ASSISTANCE TO CLIENTS AND SERVICES TO JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES. THE SURVEY COVERED TIME SPENT BY ALL OFFICERS PER ACTIVITY, THE TIME SPENT BY THE FULL-TIME PROBATION AND AFTER-CARE OFFICERS (SOCIAL WORKERS), AND THE LENGTH AND FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS WITH CLIENTS. PROBATION OFFICERS WERE ALSO ASKED TO INDICATE THE RELEVANCY AND SATISFACTION OF SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO MENTAL FATIGUE. THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED AMONG A QUARTER OF THE WORKERS OF THE ORGANIZATION (N=275), WITH WORKERS MAKING A DAILY RECORD OF TIME SPENT ON EACH ACTIVITY. DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO CLIENTS (MOSTLY IN OFFICE INTERVIEWS) AND ACTIVITIES CONNECTED WITH SERVICES TO THE LEGAL AUTHORITIES (WRITING OF PRESENTENCE REPORTS AND CONDUCTING NECESSARY INQUIRIES) WERE FOUND TOGETHER TO TAKE UP AROUND 60 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL TIME AVAILABLE (INCLUDING INTERNAL REPORTS AND TRAVELING TIME). THE REMAINING TIME DID NOT DIRECTLY BENEFIT THE CLIENT, BUT WAS ALLOCATED TO MEETINGS, WORK SUPERVISION, AND MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES. SOCIAL WORKERS EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR CLIENTS; THUS, THE FIFTH OF TOTAL TIME SPENT ON SUPPORT-ACTIVITIES (SUPERVISION, TEAM DISCUSSION) IS QUESTIONABLE. FUTHER, THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO CONTACT WITH JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE CLIENT OR OTHERWISE, REFLECTING A CERTAIN RETICENCE ON THE PART OF THE PROBATION OFFICERS WHO FIND SUCH CONTACTS MENTALLY FATIGUING. PROBATION OFFICERS HELD THAT DEVOTING LESS TIME TO MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES MIGHT HELP TO INCREASE TIME WITH CLIENTS IN INTERVIEWS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. TWO FURTHER SURVEYS ARE PLANNED TO MORE FULLY EXAMINE THE VIEWS OF THE PROBATION OFFICERS AND CLIENTS ON THE WORK ITSELF. THE SURVEY INSTRUMENT IS APPENDED.
Index Term(s): Netherlands; Probation or parole decisionmaking; Probation or parole services
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