Provides social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Makes recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Family and Community Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Interviews probationers and parolees regularly to evaluate their progress in accomplishing goals and maintaining the terms specified in their probation contracts and rehabilitation plans.
- Recommends remedial action or initiates court action in response to noncompliance with terms of probation or parole.
- Administers drug and alcohol tests, including random drug screens of offenders, to verify compliance with substance abuse treatment programs.
- Prepares and maintains case folder for each assigned inmate or offender.
- Discusses with offenders how such issues as drug and alcohol abuse and anger management problems might have played roles in their criminal behavior.
- Conducts prehearing and presentencing investigations and testifies in court regarding offenders' backgrounds and recommended sentences and sentencing conditions.
- Informs offenders or inmates of requirements of conditional release, such as office visits, restitution payments, or educational and employment stipulations.
- Writes reports describing offenders' progress.
- Arranges for medical, mental health, or substance abuse treatment services according to individual needs or court orders.
- Supervises people on community-based sentences, such as electronically monitored home detention, and provides field supervision of probationers by conducting curfew checks or visits to home, work, or school.