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Colorado probation officers honored during national recognition week

Friday, July 11, 2014

“Be the Change” theme celebrated July 13-19


DENVER – The 14th annual Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision week, celebrating professionals who help ensure public safety and provide services to crime victims while holding offenders accountable, is July 13-19, 2014. The national weeklong observance, started by the American Probation and Parole Association, recognizes probation and parole officers as an essential part of the criminal justice system.

Most of the 5 million adults on community supervision in America are monitored by probation and parole officers through home contacts, drug testing, ensuring the offender attends counseling or treatment sessions, and helping offenders find suitable housing and employment.

In Fiscal Year 2013, there were nearly 56,000 adults and juveniles on probation in Colorado, with an additional 25,000 adults on DUI monitoring or being monitored by private probation contractors. That year, 66 percent of adults and 72 percent of juveniles on regular probation completed their probation terms successfully. Colorado probation also notified 17,464 victims of crime of their right to receive notification of certain events in the case in which they were victimized, with 16 percent of those victims signing up for notification.

“We constantly strive to ensure we provide the best service possible to crime victims, to offenders and to the entire state population in our use of evidence-based practices to ensure probation clients are safely integrating into society and compensating their victims,” said Eric Philp, director of the Division of Probation Services. “In providing high-quality probation services, we also can achieve significant cost savings for the state by successfully keeping some offenders out of prison while they are supervised in their communities by probation officers.”

Under the Office of the State Court Administrator, the Division of Probation Services provides programmatic, policy, research, legislative, budgetary and training support to all of the 23 probation departments in Colorado.

For more information, visit the Colorado Division of Probation Services at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Probation/Index.cfm or the American Probation and Parole Association at http://www.appa-net.org.

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