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Performance Audit of Adult Probation and Parole

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Based on interviews with probation officers and a review of probation files, this audit determines the effectiveness of adult probation supervision in Utah.
Probationers are not properly supervised. Probation contract terms are not adequately enforced, standard contacts with probationers are not made, and treatment referral is inconsistent. The primary cause of poor supervision is a caseload size that prevents supervision according to standards. The legislature should reduce system overload. Principal options are substantial funding increases, the elimination of services for some types of offenders, or the selective reduction of services. Offender classification should be based on capacity to supervise so probation officers are not assigned more cases than they can effectively supervise. Probationers who cannot be effectively supervised due to capacity caseloads should be placed in a nominal supervision system which tracks compliance with probation conditions but does not require contact with probation officers. (Author summary modified)