The Board of Probation & Parole provides supervision of probationers in the community assigned to the division by the courts, offenders released under supervision by the Parole Board and offenders from other states through the Interstate Compact.
In order to reduce recidivism, field probation and parole officers continuously assess and evaluate offenders assigned to them, and supervise the offenders at a level consistent with their risk to reoffend. The probation and parole officer effectively balances treatment and supervision strategies necessary to manage offender risk with the needs and interests of victims and communities.
This supervision process consists of a number of critical activities including:
- Accurate and ongoing assessment of offender risk and need;
- Development of effective supervision and treatment plans;
- Restorative justice practices;
- Use of appropriate sanctions and strategies to minimize risk and maximize the potential for successful outcomes.