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Colorado probation officers honored during national recognition week

Thursday, July 9, 2015

DENVER – Probation officers and other Colorado professionals who help ensure public safety and provide services to crime victims while holding offenders accountable will be honored during the 15th annual Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision week.

The national weeklong observance, July 12-18, 2015, was started by the American Probation and Parole Association to recognize probation and parole officers as an essential part of the criminal justice system.

More than 5 million adults are on community supervision in the United States, and most of them are monitored by pretrial, probation and parole officers. That supervision may include home contacts, drug testing, ensuring the offender attends counseling or treatment as ordered by a court, and helping offenders find suitable housing and employment.

In Fiscal Year 2014, there were nearly 79,600 adults and juveniles, including adults monitored by private probation contractors, under supervision by Colorado probation officers; and 72 percent of adults and 70 percent of juveniles successfully completed their probation terms. Colorado probation also sent 15,735 notification letters to crime victims to inform them of their right to receive notification of certain events in the case in which they were victimized, with 18 percent signing up for notification.

“We take very seriously our charge to ensure probation clients are safely integrating into society and compensating their victims,” said Eric Philp, director of the Division of Probation Services. “Our work can not only keep some offenders in the community and working, it also can achieve significant cost savings for the state by providing an important and proven alternative to incarceration.”

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 https://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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