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Study Finds Benefits in Early Termination of Probation

Allowing low-level criminal offenders to end their probation early saves money and has no negative effect on public safety, according to a new federal study. The Office of Probation and Pretrial Services, part of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, looked at 15,266 criminal cases in which the offender was released from probation in fiscal year 2008. Analysts tracked the cases for three years to de ...

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Probation Officer: Job Description, Salary, and Education

People who are convicted of a crime are sometimes put on probation rather than serving jail time. Those who do serve prison sentences can be released under parole. When a person is out of parole or probation, staying out of trouble is a requirement. Probation officers or correctional treatment specialists work to help offenders stay on a safe and legal path. As of May 2010, the median pay for probation offi ...

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