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News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: July 13th, 2012 4:00 PM

OREGON OBSERVES PROBATION, PAROLE & COMMUNITY SUPERVISION WEEK

During the week of July 15-21, 2012, people across the United States and Canada will join together to recognize the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals do for our public safety.

Since 1841, the practice of probation and parole has played a vital role in our justice system. These professionals are a critical part of the public safety system. They are a force for positive change--yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Today, there are over 5 million adults on community supervision in America, including more than 30,000 in Oregon. Most of these individuals are monitored by probation and parole officers. Monitoring may take the form of home contacts, drug testing, making sure the offender attends counseling sessions, and helping offenders to find suitable housing and employment. Many officers also supervise offenders using electronic monitoring equipment, which requires expert knowledge of newer technologies.

Community corrections has also been affected by the downturn in the economy. Budget shortfalls mean that probation and parole professionals must be creative in finding solutions to making sure those they supervise have the support needed to find jobs, housing and treatment. By collaborating with community leaders and volunteering their own time off work, many officers are making a difference while faced with expanding caseloads, additional responsibilities and furlough days.

Members of our community are encouraged to join together during Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week to honor those who work to make our communities a safer place to live.

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Contact Info: Liz Craig
503-945-0930 (office)
971-600-6131 (cell)
Elizabeth.A.Craig@doc.state.or.us