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Title: Improved and Expanded Probation and Parole Services
Corporate Author: Oklahoma Dept of Corrections
Planning and Research Unit
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 127
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Oklahoma Crime Cmssn
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Oklahoma Dept of Corrections
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Grant Number: 70-df-959
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is the evaluation report of a project to improve and expand probation and parole services in Oklahoma.
Abstract: Specific objectives of the project were to reduce adult probation and parole caseloads during 1972 from 140 to about 90 per officer, to expand the use of presentence investigations and reports to a minimum of 50 percent of all felony offenses, to encourage the use of probation as an alternative to incarceration by about 25 percent, and to develop a comprehensive plan for expanded use of probation in the area of misdemeanant offenses. In general, the evaluation found that although many positive changes were achieved during the time in which the grant project was operative, grant objectives were not attained due to severe deficiencies in the existing data-feedback systems and to the overbroad formulation of project objectives. Shortcomings were found in personnel staffing and training aspects of the project. Caseloads continued to increase and no substantial decrease was achieved in the cases-per-officer ratios due to the inability to keep manpower levels commensurate with the client increase. Furthermore, total numbers of presentence investigations conducted declined during the grant period. The projections for caseload growth for the next 5 years are deemed to eliminate the possibility of expanded misdemeanant services. Recommendations urge that the feedback system be improved; that the current practice of hiring younger, more career-oriented personnel be continued; and that cases-per-officer imbalances be equalized. Maps, charts, and tabular data are given; study instruments and related materials are appended.
Index Term(s): Caseloads; Failure factors; Oklahoma; Probation or parole services; Program evaluation
Note: Research report, number 5.
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