Corrections Today Volume: 49 Issue: 1 Dated: (February 1987) Pages: 64-67
In the face of political and financial realities, Louisiana has been moving toward more adequate staffing of its Division of Probation and Parole (DPP) and the use of noninstitutional ways of managing offenders.
Recent legislative developments include funding of 75 new entry-level agent positions in fiscal 1985-1986, mandated reductions in agent workloads by 1989-1990, the imposition of probation supervision fees (used to add new positions and purchase additional vehicles), and the imposition of a 12-percent fee on monies that DPP officers collect for other agencies. In 1986, the DPP initiated a pilot intensive supervision program that will be expanded into a statewide, two-phase intensive incarceration/intensive supervision program in 1987. The DPP also has contracted with privately operated community residential centers. Other programmatic initiatives include development of a risk/need scale to establish supervision levels, training programs, a prison overcrowding task force, and improved advocacy and public relations.
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