OJJ Observes Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week July 17-23
OJJ Observes Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week, July 17-23
The Office of Juvenile Justice joins with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) in observing Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week, July 17-23. Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in our communities who work tirelessly to keep neighborhoods safe places to live. PPOs work to assist juvenile and adult offenders in becoming productive citizens.
This year’s theme is "creativity in times of crisis."
"I am very pleased and proud to join with professionals nationwide to recognize the work of our Probation and Parole staff statewide, who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to help our kids learn to make healthy decisions and lead productive lives," said OJJ Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary L. Livers. "PPOs keep Louisiana’s communities safe by holding kids accountable and serving as positive role models."
"Our PPOs are among the most selfless and generous people who work in the helping professions," said Deputy Assistant Secretary Carolyn B. Lewis. "They work long hours, often giving of their own time, and reaching into their own pockets, to make sure the youth in their caseloads have what they need to be successful. I am very proud of the work our officers do, in every part of the state."
OJJ has 227 PPOs, with a total of 283 positions (including regional managers and supervisors) in the area of probation and parole, throughout the regional offices. Together they supervise approximately 4,000 youth.
This week PPOs throughout the nation are being recognized for their work to help ensure public safety. PPOs have played a vital role in the American juvenile justice system since the mid-19th century, and today serve as a critical component in our public safety system.
According to APPA figures, 670,000 juveniles throughout the country are on community supervision. APPA describes PPOs as problem solvers, crime prevention specialists, motivators, educators, facilitators and often the only support system an offender may have.
Probation and Parole Officers:
- are committed to promoting services and programs that meet the needs and interests of crime victims and the community
- 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