The mission of the Division of Probation and Parole is to protect public safety by providing for the investigation and supervision of adjudicated adult offenders through the enforcement of legal statutes and the provision of community-based programs that are designed to facilitate offenders' adjustment and reintegration into society.
The goals of the Division of Probation and Parole are:
1. Ensure public safety and confidence in community sanctions.
2. Manage the Division of Probation and Parole programs effectively, efficiently, and professionally.
The Division of Probation and Parole functions as a "community services" division and consists of a headquarters office in Baton Rouge and 20 district offices strategically located throughout the state. The division protects public safety by investigating adjudicated adult offenders for the courts and other decision makers; supervising those who are placed on probation, parole (regular and good time), or work release; and enforcing the conditions attached to their presence in the community. As of June 30, 1997, there were 51,071 offenders under the supervision of the Division of Probation and Parole. Of these, 32,294 were on probation and 18,777 were on parole.
In 1992 the Division of Probation and Parole assumed responsibility for monitoring community rehabilitation center contracts as well as inmates assigned to those contract work release facilities. These facilities are nonsecure, community-based residential facilities that have generally been utilized as a reintegration resource. They also provide an alternative to incarceration for parole technical violators. Of the seven work release facilities monitored by the Probation and Parole Division, three are contracted to private providers and four are operated through a cooperative endeavor agreement with the local sheriff's office.
The Division of Probation and Parole initially purchased 125 electronic monitoring units in 1995 and an additional 25 units in 1996. A central host system was purchased and installed for monitoring the devices and determining whether violations have occurred. The electronic monitoring units are currently being used to monitor curfews imposed in lieu of revocation for persons who have committed technical violations of their conditions of parole and for monitoring IMPACT (intensive parole) cases. The division has found that device is an efficient, cost-effective tool that enhances supervision efforts for selected cases. Further analysis of the cost-effectiveness will become available as the program processes.
The Division of Adult Probation and Parole passed its 1993 American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation audit with a perfect score and in early 1994 received its ACA accreditation.
Adult Probation and Parole has two programs: Administration and Support and Field Services.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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