Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed the week of July 21-27 Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Officers Week in North Dakota. In the state, and across the United States and Canada, people will join together to recognize the work that probation professionals do for public safety.
In his proclamation, Dalrymple said that "North Dakota's probation, parole and community supervision officers uphold the law with dignity, while recognizing the right of the public to be protected from criminal activity."
In North Dakota, as in 37 other states, juvenile probation services are organized under the judicial branch and administered by the state administrative office of the courts. Juvenile court officers are dedicated public servants who protect public safety, change lives and build futures for the youth under supervision as well as their families.
Pretrial services programs have the unique responsibility to supervise individuals involved in the criminal justice system prior to adjudication. An estimated 300 jurisdictions including the federal system have some kind of pretrial services program. In a 2009 survey of these jurisdictions, 35 percent reported administratively housing their pretrial services program within probation departments.
Meanwhile, across the United States there are over 5 million adults on community supervision and 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.
July 22, 2013