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Probation and Parole's Growing Caseloads and Workloads Allocation: Strategies for Managerial Decision Making

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Matthew T. DeMichele
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Report (Technical Assistance), Report (Grant Sponsored), Instructional Material
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Based on an online information request from the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) to its members and a focus group of experts, this report is viewed by the APPA as a first step toward a better understanding of probation and parole practitioners' views of workload allocation as the number of probationers, the severity of their offenses, and the number and restrictiveness of probation conditions are increasing. .
This report's overall intention is to move community corrections policymakers and stakeholders closer to determining workload standards based on research regarding the cost-effectiveness of various strategies and practices. It is difficult to determine appropriate workload levels nationwide; however, it is clear that the courts and releasing authorities, along with community corrections agencies must work together in meeting the needs of the community, victims, and offenders. Challenges for community corrections must be addressed through an examination of pretrial assessments, court sentencing, and the legislative provisions and regulations that set mandates for criminal justice policies and practices. Major sections of this report address the intertwining of punishment and rehabilitation in meeting supervision goals, caseload sizes, managing community supervision with evidence-based practices, and how APPA members view caseload size and workload allocation. 44 references and appended online survey of APPA members
Date Created: November 18, 2016