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Day in the Life of a Federal Probation Officer

NCJ Number
Federal Probation Volume: 51 Issue: 2 Dated: special issue (June 1987) Pages: 28-32.
W C Nau
Date Published
5 pages
This narrative highlights one working day in the professional life of a fictitious chief probation officer to illustrate the responsibilities, decision, and duties involved in probation work.
Robert Monroe, chief probation officer, first meets a new probationer, and offers him a possible job. Then he deals with a runaway case, and tries to arrange for the parent, parole advisor, and family doctor to help return the runaway to a school for juvenile offenders from which he has just fled. He notes changes in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure affecting probation. Later he helps a judge decide whether to release a parolee without bond, refuses mercy to a three-time offender, but offers help in welfare assistance to the man's wife, and interviews four defendants.