Trends in Probation and Parole in the States

Probation and parole play an essential and critical role in the administration of both criminal and juvenile justice. They supervise the vast majority of offenders, and their caseloads continue to grow. In response to the pressures of increased workload, static or declining budgets, and limited public and political support, six strategic trends have emerged. These trends characterize the efforts of probation and parole to meet their mandates and improve their effectiveness.

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About the Author
William D. Burrell is associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice of Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2003, he retired as chief of probation services for the New Jersey state court system. He is chairman of the editorial committee for Perspectives, the journal of the American Probation and Parole Association, and writes a bimonthly column on management issues for Community Corrections Report.