Probation and Parole

 

The Justice Clearinghouse covers topics of particular interest and focus for those in the Probation and Parole profession on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources. 

Begin or enhance your knowledge in ways that will be immediately applicable to your probation or parole career by reviewing some of the information below.

 

Upcoming Webinars

David J. Rogers
01 / 08 / 2019

Report writing is a critical skill for most justice professionals – but especially for the probation or parole officer. But often, new trainees are given little support in terms of [...]

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Vicki Assegued
01 / 22 / 2019

Restorative Justice offers a refreshing and effective approach for addressing crime in a way that includes the victim, offender and community in a voluntary dialogue process that addresses the harm, [...]

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David J. Rogers
02 / 26 / 2019

The term Cultural Awareness brings up images of one ethnic group becoming aware of another ethnic group's culture in an effort to understand them. However, the concepts of cultural [...]

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Vicki Assegued
03 / 26 / 2019

Relationships between parents and their children often go through major changes when the child becomes a teenager. The relationship can be further strained when the teen commits a crime [...]

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James Newman
03 / 27 / 2019

Community supervision will ultimately fail if it doesn’t result in client behavior modification.  How can agencies actually change the client?  This enlightening webinar provides insight into [...]

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04 / 02 / 2019

The vast majority of sexual violence and domestic violence offenders are heterosexual men. However, some offenders are women. What are the primary motivating factors and issues at work in the [...]

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Vicki Assegued
05 / 21 / 2019

These two types of meetings provide an opportunity for family members to have an important discussion before and/or after the incarceration of a loved one.  The person sentenced [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney
05 / 23 / 2019

Although utilizing trauma-informed principles is a beneficial tool when successfully serving clients who are victims of domestic violence and sexual violence, going a step further by being mindful will get [...]

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Judge Brandon Birmingham
Dr. Jill Johansson-Love
06 / 04 / 2019

In An Approach to High Lethality Domestic Violence Offenders: The Accountability Court Model supervising officer, judges, and attorneys will be exposed to the important elements of risk assessment, monitoring, communication, [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney
06 / 20 / 2019

There is a strong focus -- and a plethora of training -- on the benefits of being trauma-informed and mindful when working with victims of crime, particularly DV and Sex [...]

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Arlyn Harris
09 / 17 / 2019

Learn how Maricopa County Adult Probation Department (MCAPD) successfully expanded its implementation of  Thinking for a Change (a cognitive behavioral intervention program with the NIC) through collaboration with external [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Scott Kirshner

Police, probation, and parole officers ensure that citizens and communities remain safe. However, as they perform their duty, they are putting their lives in danger. Being in close contact with [...]

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Importance and Role of Building Rapport
Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart

To instill positive change in the probation clients’ behavior is just one of the goals of probation. Probation clients, however, might have hardened due to various circumstances in their [...]

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Verbal De-escalation
Denise Beagley

As a public servant, part of any criminal justice profession is encountering random strangers, even sketchy characters. Not just merely meeting them, but talking to them, building rapport such that [...]

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Case Supervision Practices
Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart

The goal of probation is to instill positive change in the probationers’ behavior. Every probation officer might have their own style of supervision. Various research and tools have [...]

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Effective Use of Teams in Probation & Parole
Tiffany Griffith
Paul Ventura

Teamwork is the glue that keeps a group of people together. It has been emphasized time and again since our days in school. But how does one apply teamwork in [...]

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Supervising DV Offender
Sara E. Mahoney

Domestic Violence Offenders are often times charismatic, charming and come across as “easily manageable” on the surface to the Probation Officer. With the main goals of supervision [...]

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Motivational Interviewing
Denise Beagley

As public servants and employees, one important aspect of our day-to-day is interacting and relating with other people. Some of the people need our help and guidance, but sometimes, the [...]

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Christopher Greenway
Tiffany Marsitto

Probation’s major objective is to get the clients in line, rehabilitate them towards becoming well-adjusted individuals in society, and mitigate the risk of re-offense. Coconino County Adult Probation [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

Domestic violence is a widespread problem for both law enforcement and public health. Unfortunately, it gets swept under the rug. Despite how actions involved in domestic violence can result in [...]

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Jeff Fox

Public Safety Agencies are faced with a myriad of issues daily. As part of their duty to serve and protect, they need to plan and strategize how to approach these [...]

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Best Practices in Drug Testing
Mark Hendershot

Drug use and abuse are some of the biggest issues of the global community – in the legal and criminal perspective, as well in the scientific and medical point of [...]

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Jeff Fox

Being the first line supervisor is the gateway to being a part of management. Too often, however, associates are promoted to first line supervisor positions without sufficient training or mentorship. [...]

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Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart

Community supervision is an essential and critical component of probation.  It is more than just having clients show up in the office.  However, when a client is in [...]

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Case management systems
George Casey
Steven Gill

Different agencies have different needs, thus the reason for them to maximize and improvise on their limited resources – manpower, technology, systems, and processes. While doing so works most of [...]

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Mark Hendershot

How does your organization ensure they are hiring the right people, with the correct mix of technical and soft skills, who are well suited to the demands of the job, [...]

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Articles

Webinar presenter Scott Kirshner answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "Officer Survival for Probation and Parole Officers." Here are a few of his responses.   [...]

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Webinar presenters Michelle Hart and Paul Ventura answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "The Importance and Role of Building Rapport for Effective Supervision." Here [...]

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Christina McCale

The dictionary definition of rapport is "a friendly, harmonious relationship.  Especially: a relationship characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, or empathy that makes communication possible or easy." &[...]

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Christina McCale

One of the most common reactions a victim of domestic violence will experience is that of blame - "what did I do to deserve this?" or attempt to [...]

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Webinar presenters Paul Ventura and Michelle Hart answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Case Supervision Practices. Here are some of their responses.       Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenters Paul Ventura and Tiffany Griffith answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Effective Use of Teams in Probation and Parole. Here are some of their [...]

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Probation and Parole Case Supervision
Christina McCale

Probation and parole practices have changed and evolved over the last 20 years. Perhaps one of the most significant evolutions is the concept of not just trying to catch probationers or [...]

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Teamwork
Christina McCale

While supervision teams have become more common throughout the US, certain characteristics - such as effective communication and cohesive goals - are important to make these teams successful. Join us [...]

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decision making pretrial management
Christina McCale

Many people have the mistaken idea that "pre-trial services" simply find ways to randomly release people from jail. But nothing could be further from the truth.  By [...]

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Christina McCale

Thanks to changing ideology to technology solutions, pretrial services is experiencing extraordinary change. But how can you incorporate and adapt to those changes in your own organization?   Join us [...]

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 Webinar presenters Tiffany Marsitto and Christopher Greenway answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Advanced Supervision Strategies: ASSET Management. Here are some of their responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Domestic Violence Pre-Sentencing Investigation: From Start to Finish. Here are some of her responses.   Audience [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders require a different approach to supervising them. Cunning and often manipulative, they can be among the most challenging of probationers to supervise. Check out this recorded webinar [...]

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Domestic violence is a widespread problem for both law enforcement and public health. Unfortunately, it gets swept under the rug. Despite how actions involved in domestic violence can result in [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders are unique: their chosen victims are those closest to him or her.  Given this, different kinds of information, lines of questioning and tactics should be considered [...]

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Christina McCale

In 2015, Coconino County Adult Probation started a special unit called Advanced Supervision Strategies and EPICS II Team (ASSET) designed for difficult probationers.  The ASSET program incorporates cutting-edge evidence-based practices [...]

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Christina McCale

Billions of dollars are spent each year by federal, state and local justice agencies in community corrections, jails, prisons, pretrial release, and specialty courts, but there is little written to [...]

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Christina McCale

Let's face it, sometimes government agency systems can be... frustrating? daunting to navigate? Some might even say demoralizing to the very people who need the services the most. Clients [...]

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Based on a webinar, this infographic highlights how Arizona began shifting from a culture of detention to a culture of release at the pretrial stage with an emphasis on evidence-based [...]

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Christina McCale

Managing probation clients can be similar to managing employees: it's critical to make a connection with your clients. Such connections can help to set the tone and diretion of [...]

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Christina McCale

While community-based supervision is an important part of any probation program, many supervisors could make bigger impacts with their clients by engaging in some simple, evidence-based practices that have been [...]

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