Infrastructure Spending Should Include Funding of Probation Offices
Good probation officers help offenders avoid a return to criminal behavior by assisting their efforts to find housing, jobs, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment. Bad probation officers do everything they can to get offenders revoked so they have one less person to supervise. Good or bad, probation officers who provide meaningful supervision of probationers help protect the community.
That's why it's short-sighted for states like Arizona, in their efforts to cope with budget deficits, to cut probation staffs.
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