Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week: July 18-24
SANTA FE -- During the week of July 18-24, 2010, people across the United States and its territories will join together to recognize the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals do for our public safety. New Mexico Juvenile Probation and Aftercare Services serve over 20,000 youth and families each year to provide prevention and invention services with communities to better the successes of our children.
Since 1841, the practice of probation and parole has played a vital role in our justice system. These professionals are a critical part of the public safety system.
Today in New Mexico, there are over 4,000 youth on community supervision and these individuals are monitored by juvenile probation officers. Monitoring may take the form of home contacts, drug testing, making sure the juvenile attends counseling sessions and helping clients to find suitable housing and employment. Many officers also supervise offenders using electronic monitoring equipment which requires expert knowledge of newer technologies.
These professionals are a Force for Positive Change by assisting juvenile’s to become productive members of society. One day they may play the part of a counselor, the next they are enforcing the rules of a client’s supervision. They may help a single young mother find day care or a job in order to abide by the conditions of her supervision. They are problem solvers, crime prevention specialists, motivators, educators, facilitators and often times they are the only support system an offender may have.
Members of our community are encouraged to join together during Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week to honor those who work to make our communities a safer place to live.