Is there a code of ethics or similar that probation officers are required to follow? I have a friend that is one of the best persons around and she is constantly belittled by her probatrion officer. I have taken her to her meetings and observed this person belittle everyone in the room including her. I don't think this is right. Does anyone have any ideas. I would love to file a complaint.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Thank God that there are non-probationeers who have witnessed such belittlements by so called [ P.O.'S] against well intended and complying "client/caseloads" as they are called.Probation officers and parole officers function as agents or officers of the courts. Parole officers generally function as agents or officers of the Parole Board or the Department of Corrections. Probation officers serve under the court system as the enforcing arm of the court's sentence of someone who has been placed on probation. In other words it seems probation opens the entrance doors towards the penal system. While parole officers try keeping them out once released. A probation officer can perform any function assigned to him or her by the court. Either providing counseling and supervision to the criminal offender, working as the enforcement arm of the courts, or as the independent investigator that looks into the complete personal and criminal history of the criminally adjudicated defendant before sentencing. Parole officer and probation officer positions require that officers possess excellent oral and written communication skills and a broad knowledge of the criminal justice system and the roles, relationships, and responsibilities distributed among the courts, the parole authority the Bureau of Prisons or Department of Corrections and the prosecutor. Officers must have a college degree, thorough understanding of the legal requirements of probation and parole, and applicable case law. Additionally, they must have an ability to work with an extremely diverse population and wide variety of government agencies and community organizations. Officers who perform either presentence investigations or case supervision exclusively must have familiarity with the techniques and capabilities of the complementary discipline. Probation/Parole officers with law enforcment powers must attend a police academy as part of their training and certification.
 Pre-sentence Investigation
Main article: Presentence Investigation
Probation Officers who prepare presentence reports must be especially skilled in gathering, organizing, and analyzing information. In the report and accompanying sentencing recommendation, the probation officer must assess the probability of risk to the community in the form of future criminal behavior, the harm the offense caused and the need for restitution, any profit the defendant received from the crime, and the defendant's ability to pay sanctions such as a fine, restitution or cost. The officer must identify the defendant's need for treatment to correct characteristics, conditions, or behavioral patterns that limit motivation or ability to obey the law and must assess the availability and suitability of rehabilitative programs. The preparation of presentence reports is critical not only to the individual offender and those directly affected by the offense, but to the systematic administration of criminal justice.
In the Federal System, after the offender's sentencing by the Court, the probation officer must ensure that copies of the pre-sentence report and other requested documents are forwarded to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. In the U.S, pursant to the Privacy Act of 1974, a copy of the Presentence Report must be provided to each offender, or their counsel, before sentencing. After sentencing, the presentence writer must provide the offender with a written explaination of his or her conditions of supervision. If possible, the probation officer must also interview the offender after sentencing and instruct the defendant about the conditions of supervision that the court imposed.
 Probation and Parole Officers in England and Wales
The National Probation Service is charged with supervising offenders and compiling relevant data regarding offender supervision. The duties of probation officers mirror the duties of their American counterparts with some notable exceptions. Probation officers make regular recommendations to Judges regarding an offender's progress and potential to contribute to the community after release. Additionally, probation officers will supervise a Restorative Justice plan that provides the victim of a crime an opportunity to address the impact of the crime to the offenders.
 Probation and Parole Officers in Australia
Parole Officers in Australia serve an active role in recommending parole to Judges (who, in Australia, determine if Parole should be granted). Probation Officers are expected to not only supervise an offender while he performs community service, but to also develope the community service plans themselves.
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- 1 decade ago
No, but there is a hierarchy with supervisors that may be available to her. I tell people to keep a file and put copies of all payments and visits in the file in case there is ever an issue. I would suggest she ask to see a supervisor or to send a letter to the head of adult probation in her area that sounds professional and very nice so that she will have a record that she tried to work with the officer if she really wants to complain. She may be treated worse...that is the risk. The benefit would be that she would be assigned a new officer. The only other option is to move within the state she lives in and get a transfer to another officer.
- j _j_83221Lv 41 decade ago
if she is the best person around and she's on probation then maybe you should move