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NCJ Number: 82824 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Improving Victim Services Thru Probation - Final Report
Corporate Author: American Probation and Parole Assoc
The Council of State Government
United States of America

Blackstone Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 130
Grant Number: 79-DF-AX-0168
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents a State-by-State analysis of victim services rendered through probation departments supervising adult and juvenile offenders throughout the United States.
Abstract: A total of 419 probation departments, representing all States except (Idaho), reported that they provide services to adults. Of this group, 367 departments serve both juvenile and adult offenders. A total of 85 percent of the departments help victims obtain financial restitution; 68 percent supervise offenders in community services, and 63 percent provide victims with counseling information. More information is required, however, for proper assessment of counseling services. In addition, further research is required with regard to the reported supervising of offenders in community services. Areas of concern would include types of programs used, affect on the offender, and cost benefits. Fifty-three percent of the departments reported referring victims to community services. A total of 457 departments, representing all but 1 State (Vermont), reported that they give services to juveniles. Eighty-five percent help victims obtain financial restitution, and 71 percent supervise offenders in community restitution. Seventy-four percent of the reporting departments provide victims with counseling or information, 58 percent refer victims to community services, and 68 percent obtain victim impact statements. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Adult offenders; Critical criminology; Financial assistance to victims; Juvenile offenders; Probation or parole services; Probationers; Referral services; Restitution; State-by-state analyses; Victim counseling
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