Challenges of Probation Officers

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    • 00:04

      KENNETH J PEAK: All right, now wecome to corrections in the community, specificallyprobation and parole and other alternatives.Certainly you should consider this as a career opportunity.Perhaps you haven't, but it is a good way to work with people,try to do the rehabilitation thing we talked about.It's a form of sentencing or punishment.

    • 00:26

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: I will tell you.It's changed a lot.I've seen it change a lot-- dramaticallysince I came into the criminal justice world.We have guest speakers come in fairly often into our classesfrom probation and parole.And quite often they're dressed exactly like a police officer.They're armed.

    • 00:46

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: They have to go to the range to qualify, et cetera.You can't tell them apart at 10 yards.It's just the way the thing has changed.I'm told there are days when you know you're notgoing to go out and have to possibly revoke somebody,take them to prison or whatnot.You can wear civilian clothes, dress down, look casual,

    • 01:08

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: non-threatening.But they are dealing with a much more dangerous populationtoday than ever before.And so you have to be armed, trained,go through a regular academy quite often.Other things that come into play arewhat we do with some people.What do probation and parole officers do?What about a Casey Anthony, for example,

    • 01:30

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: who was acquitted in July of 2011on charges of murdering her daughterand aggravated child abuse?I believe it was in Florida.A two-year-old daughter, Caylee.And in that case, it was found by scientific surveysthat Casey Anthony was the most hated person in America

    • 01:53

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: and that there was a high probability that many peoplewould like to do harm to her.So what do you do?Should she be just turned loose to go live anywherein a community, or can we protect her somewhere?Should we give her a term of probationor just send her off on her own devices to try to survive,you might say.Where would we send her?

    • 02:13

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: What kinds of conditions would be put on her?Charles Manson is another one who comes up every few years.And he's now, well let's see, in 2013 he turned 78.He's now been, at that time, in prison 45 years.Is he going to harm somebody?Well, who knows?But I don't think there's any parole board in America who

    • 02:35

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: would turn Charles Manson loose in general society.In fact, I happen to know a parole board member, prettylenient, pretty liberal sort of a guy whosaid-- very progressive-- you know,Charles Manson is one of those peoplethey should bury under the prisonand pump sunlight into them.So that's a kind of-- what do we do and the two sides on these.

    • 02:58

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: You can probably find some people thatthink Charles Manson should.Another one.I remember a case involving a fellowwho-- this is kind of gruesome.But he picked up a girl, a young girlwho was hitchhiking on Interstate 80 in California.Took her off to the woods, raped her, chopped off her arms,

    • 03:20

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: left her to die, to bleed to death there.Well she survived, managed to testify against him.He was convicted and sentenced and did a good long--and then we run out of time.You can't keep these people any longer.They serve their time, so-called pay their debt to society.But no city would take him.There was no place that would take him,could guarantee his safety.

    • 03:41

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: So again, what are we going to do with people like this?Where do you send them?They finally, I believe, wound up throwing upa tent, a temporary tent thing on a prison property for himto stay in.Because again, some people simplycan't even exist, or at least exist in a position of safetywhen they're put on parole or probation,

    • 04:03

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: because of the heinous nature and the wide publicityof their crime.So again, some real challenges here and some food forthought for you as you read this chapter and some of the casestudies.[Should Charles Manson be granted or denied parole duringhis next parole hearing?][Are there programs or redeeming actions or qualities Mansonmight undertake or possess to secure his freedomin the future?]

Challenges of Probation Officers

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Professor Kenneth Peak discusses parole officer and probation officer careers and how they have changed over the years. He explains that many people so vilify criminals that they cannot find a safe place to live after release from prison.

Challenges of Probation Officers

Professor Kenneth Peak discusses parole officer and probation officer careers and how they have changed over the years. He explains that many people so vilify criminals that they cannot find a safe place to live after release from prison.

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