150 RULE Part 3
Probation & Parole is part of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. I’ve known a very hardworking and honest Probation and Parole Officer for decades. He’s a typical fun loving New Orleanian who takes his job very seriously, and acts professionally on the job at all times. He’s seen the job change drastically over the decades as his caseload grew and grew. I interviewed my friend for his take on his job and the system.
From the P & P NOLA web site–
It is the mission of the Division of Probation and Parole/Adult to protect public safety by providing for the investigation and supervision of adjudicated adult offenders through the enforcement of legal statutes and community based programs designed to facilitate the offender’s adjustment and reintegration into society. The Division is committed to a program of offender management that will contribute to restoring the victim and community by holding the offender accountable for his actions and providing opportunities for restitution.
The Division of Probation and Parole/Adult has twenty-one offices strategically located throughout the state. The offices range in size from four (4) officers to forty-nine officers (Shreveport District). There are 526 officers allocated to supervise more than 65,000 probationers and parolees in the community, 99% which are felons. Officers also conducted over 4700 major investigations in fiscal year 2008-2009 for the Court (Pre-Sentences), Parole Board (Pre-Paroles) and Pardon Board (Clemencies). The Division monitored work release or cooperative endeavor agreement compliance on twelve work release facilities with a capacity of 1,271 inmates. Approximately 2,598 of the 65,000 offenders are convicted sex offenders, many of whom require specialized supervision, treatment and compliance with registration and notification laws. Probation and Parole Officers also arrested 5,934 offenders last year for violation of the conditions of supervision, and approximately 878 violators were returned from out of state. More than 25 million dollars in fees, victim restitution, fines, court costs and other assessments were collected by this agency. Officers also refer probationers and parolees to a variety of programs in the community designed to address issues they commonly face including substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, sex offender treatment, anger management, job training/skills programs and driving schools.
The average caseload is 125 offenders per Officer. Officers who supervise specialist cases, for example, sex offenders, carry a reduced caseload, which means other Officers may carry 150 or more cases.
To reduce the increasing costs of incarcerating adult offenders while continuing to provide safety for the community, certain probation and parole non-violent/non-sex offenders who violate the technical conditions of their supervision (i.e. they are not arrested for a new felony) are referred to the Don Francois Alternative Center. This program is ninety days and addresses the rehabilitation needs of the offender including but not limited to substance abuse treatment and anger management programs. Offenders are returned to supervision once they complete the program. In fiscal year 2008-2009, more than 400 offenders were referred to the Francois Alternative Center.
The Division also launched a global positioning satellite (GPS) electronic monitoring program in 2007. Approximately one hundred of the highest risk sex offenders are monitored using the GPS system.
The Division is accredited by the American Correctional Association, earning 100% compliance with standards on the last audit.
Amazingly enough, the web site actually says the average caseload 125 -150+ per Officer!! This blows my mind, as no Officer can properly supervise this many clients.