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Program B: Field Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 15:574.2-15:574.20 and R.S. 401-409

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Field Services Program is to supervise adult offenders who are released on probation or parole.

The goals of the Field Services Program are:

  1. Protect public safety.
  2. Facilitate the adjustment and reintegration of offenders into society.

The Field Services Program provides skilled supervision of remanded clients; supplies competent investigative reports involved with sentencing, release, and clemency; and fulfills extradition requirements. Supervision is also exercised over three contract work release centers and the intensive parole cases in the IMPACT program. The division is in charge of collecting various criminal justice funds, supervision fees, victim's restitution, and so forth. Services are provided through offices located in Alexandria, Amite, Baton Rouge, Chalmette, Clinton, Harvey, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Leesville, Minden, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Iberia, New Orleans-West, New Orleans-East, Port Allen (West Baton Rouge), Shreveport, Tallulah, Thibodaux, and Ville Platte.

According to a 1998 Legislative Fiscal Office survey, Louisiana has the fourth highest caseload per agent among southern and south central states. Louisiana's "contact" rate (the number of contacts a supervision officer makes with an offender under supervision during a month) remains approximately one-half that of most other states in the southern region.

Caseload is not the same as workload. Workload considers not only the number of cases but the level of supervision and number of contacts as well. Although Louisiana law (R.S. 15.571.20) requires a 50-unit workload for adult probation and parole officers, that workload level has been routinely exceeded in many field offices. Act 394 of 1995 requires that, beginning July 1, 1995, the number of work units assigned to each probation and parole specialist performing supervisory and investigative functions be reduced until the number of work units assigned does not exceed fifty. Act 394 further specifies that, beginning July 1, 1997, the department shall not assign more than 50 work units to any probation and parole specialist. However, this goal is contingent upon the availability of funding.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indictors are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with State General Fund and Fees and Self-generated Revenues. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from fees collected from those individuals who are on probation and parole to partially reimburse the agency for the cost of their supervision.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$20,040,721

$31,662,430

827

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$526,743

$526,743

0

 

Carry forward for acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

$20,567,464

$32,189,173

822

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

         

$544,422

$544,422

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$457,547

$457,547

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increase for FY 1999 -2000

$579,000

$579,000

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($331,924)

($431,328)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($526,743)

($526,743)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carry Forwards

$14,491

$14,491

0

Rent in State-owned Buildings

($1,762)

($1,762)

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings

$15,480

$15,480

0

 

Other Adjustments - Adjust Interagency Transfers with the Department of Public Safety for radio user fees

$13,174

$13,174

0

 

Other Adjustments Allows payment of Compensatory Leave in excess of 540 hours within a calendar year

$4,213,870

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution Replace Fees and Self-Generated Revenues with State General Fund to reflect historical Probation and Parole fee collections

 

 

 

 

 

$25,545,019

$32,853,454

827

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$4,977,555

$664,281

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

 

 

 

 

 

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 58.0% of the total request ($56,657,151) for this program. The increase in State General Fund is primarily due to the replacement of Fees and Self-Generated Revenues with State General Fund to properly reflect the projected collection of Probation and Parole fees.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$355,320

 

Transfer America, Inc.; contract to return prisoners to Louisiana

 

$355,320

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$226,563

 

Rent in state-owned buildings

$28,680

 

User fee for radio system - Department of Public Safety

$6,265

 

Purchase of gasoline from State Police

$58,038

 

Maintenance of State Buildings

 

 

 

$319,546

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$579,000

 

Replace 25 vehicles and 50 printers

 

 

 

$579,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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