OJJ Joins APPA in Observing Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Office of Juvenile Justice joins with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) in observing Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week, July 19-25.
“This commemorative week is a time to recognize, honor and celebrate the work performed by both juvenile and adult Probation and Parole Officers to keep our communities safe and help offenders learn to make healthy decisions and lead productive lives,” said OJJ Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary L. Livers.
OJJ employs 235 Probation and Parole Officers (PPOs), with a total of 278 positions in the area of probation and parole, in 11 regional offices throughout Louisiana. Youth come under OJJ supervision after being adjudicated delinquent and/or FINS (Families in Need of Services). Supervision services include either probation or parole. Probation is supervision of a youth who either remains at home or returns to the community following non-secure custody. Parole is supervision of a youth released from a secure care facility to a less restrictive setting where continued supervision is provided by a probation officer. OJJ provides an array of services based on the needs of the youth and family. PPOs provide support for youth to remain in their communities and become productive citizens.
Regional offices are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette/Opelousas, Lake Charles, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Orleans/Jefferson, Shreveport, Tallulah and Thibodaux.
OJJ currently has approximately 4,800 youth in its care and custody, with 3,639 under supervision for probation or parole.
APPA represents over 30,000 community corrections professionals throughout the country. During the week of July 19- 25, people throughout the nation will recognize the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals do to help ensure public safety. The practice of probation and parole has played a vital role in our justice system since the mid-19th century. These professionals are a critical part of the public safety system.
According to APPA figures, over 5 million adults and 670,000 juveniles throughout the country are on community supervision, with most monitored by probation and parole officers. Monitoring may include home contacts, drug testing, making sure the offender attends counseling sessions, helping offenders find suitable housing and employment, and supervision through electronic monitoring equipment.
According to APPA, community corrections professionals, or Probation and Parole Officers, are a “Force for Positive Change,” assisting juvenile and adult offenders to become productive members of society. PPOs provide counseling, enforce supervision rules, help clients access needed services and help them abide by the conditions of their supervision. They are problem solvers, crime prevention specialists, motivators, educators, facilitators and often the only support system an offender may have.
APPA calls Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in our community who work tirelessly to make neighborhoods safer by daily assisting juvenile and adult offenders in becoming productive citizens.
APPA community corrections professionals: * are committed to promoting services and programs that meet the needs and interests of crime victims and the community * promote an integrated, comprehensive approach to dealing with the pervasive problem of substance abuse * provide services and programs that provide opportunities for offenders to become law-abiding citizens * offer choices and enforce consequences * promote community protection through proactive, problem-solving work practices and interventions aimed at changing criminal and/or delinquent behavior * provide core services such as investigations, victim advocacy, community supervision, immediate response to violations, and treatment services, to provide optimum public protection * are caring, dedicated, hard-working individuals who are truly concerned about making a difference in the community where they live
For a hometown story about the work of PPOs in your area, please contact the local Regional Manager:
Alexandria: Johnny Qualls, 318.487.5252
Baton Rouge: Sue Larisey, 225.922.1300
Hammond: Julie Eudy, 985.543.4096
Lafayette/Opelousas: Sharon Guillory, 337.262.5662
Lake Charles: Ann Vick, 337.491.2833
Monroe: Patty Newman, 318.362.5262
Natchitoches: Randall Hill, 318.357.3152
New Orleans/Jefferson: Angela Koenig, 504.568.4535
Shreveport: Kristi Martin, 318.676.7020
Tallulah: Ruth Stephens, 318.574.3552
Thibodaux: Kelly Clement, 985.447.0902