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Probation and Parole Officers

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1. What is the difference between a probation officer and a parole officer? Compare and contrast the two. If you were going to be one or the other, which would you choose and why?

2. What is the most important mission of a probation officer? Listed in order of importance, what qualities are inherent in a good probation or parole officer? Explain your answer.

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Parole officers are agents of the Parole Board or the Department of Corrections. These are officers who have already been sentenced and served their sentenced and are now released before their full sentence is up based upon a review by the Warden.

Probation officers are employees of the court system, enforcing the court's sentences who has been placed on supervised probation. These officers usually supervise those who have not yet been sentenced to incarceration (although sometimes they may have been incarcerated for a certain period of time and then sentenced to supervised probation). They also investigate an offender's personal and criminal history if any before sentencing.

Both of these are officers of the State, one working for the jail system and the other working for the court system. They both supervise people who have been in trouble with the law and now have to be supervised by a third party. However, parole officers are mainly working with people who have committed crimes severe enough to be incarcerated for ...